In August of this year, I will matriculate to Hampton University, where I will declare a major in Computer Engineering. After completion of my degree, I plan to work in the automotive industry, specifically as a designer of autonomous vehicles. I have always had an affinity for cars and I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career within the automotive field. My goal was initially to study Automotive Engineering because I wanted to design cars, but as I have gotten older and become more aware of environmental detriments, I have veered toward Computer Engineering because I want to focus specifically on designing vehicles that are not harmful to our environment.
As a Computer Engineer who designs autonomous vehicles, I will be helping my community in an unorthodox capacity. Community service is typically defined as unpaid work performed by individuals for the betterment of one’s community. While I plan to volunteer my time and services in the computer labs on campus and by working on various project within my community or abroad by donating my skills and time to teach the next generation of workers, I view my position as an autonomous vehicle designer as my opportunity to serve/preserve my community and the environment as a whole by reducing the amount of noxious gasses/fumes that are emitted from vehicles worldwide.
This scholarship would benefit my educational pursuits by allowing me to be more selective in how I spend my free time. If I do not have to work on or off campus to close the gap between my tuition cost and my financial need, I will have more time to maximize my college experience through service-learning, volunteer opportunities and internships. It will also allow me to focus less on the cost of my education and more on cultivating relationships with my professors, forming lifelong friendships with my fellow Pirate classmates and participating in activities that will all aid in my endeavor to become a licensed Computer Engineer.
Landon H. Brooks