Engineering was no longer just a nerdy pursuit of robotics kids; it was a medium to a solution.It could be a way to a career, doing the things I love. Last summer, to continue exploring my interest in engineering, I interned at Boeing.
Engineering was no longer just a nerdy pursuit of robotics kids; it was a medium to a solution.
From the respect and humility embodied within our team, I learned the value of unity at the workplace.
Like my own family at home, our unity and communal commitment to working led to excellent results for everyone and a closer connection within the group.
Whether the challenge is naval defense or family finances or even just a flat tire on my bike before another night shift, I will be solving these problems and will always be looking to keep rolling on.
Success is triumphing over hardships -- willing yourself over anything and everything to achieve the best for yourself and your family.
Only at the ice rink could I be myself; the feeling of the cold rink breeze embracing me, the ripping sound of blades touching the ice, even the occasional ice burning my skin as I fell—these were my few constants.
I did not need to worry about mispronouncing “axel” as “aksal.” Rather, I just needed to glide and deliver the jump.“If you can’t live off of it, it is useless.” My parents were talking about ice skating: my passion.I started skating as a ten-year-old in Spain, admiring how difficulty and grace intertwine to create beautiful programs, but no one imagined I would still be on the ice seven years and one country later. I’ve seen that even as a high school student, I have so much potential to impact my family and beyond -- how one small act can go a long way. With the financial stability that my part-time jobs provided my mother could stay home to raise seven children, my learning-disabled older sister could attend college, my younger sister could go on a mission trip to Korea, and my twin siblings could compete in national math competitions. Biking the thirty-five minutes each evening to the cafe and back to work a six-hour shift was exhausting, but my family’s encouragement and gratitude for the extra income was worth it.I had purchased my 2002 Elantra with my own savings, but it was long past its prime.From its good-natured bruise-counting competitions to its culture of hard work and perseverance, ice skating provided the nurturing environment that made my other challenges worthwhile.Knowing that each moment on the ice represented a financial sacrifice for my family, I cherished every second I got. to practice what I had learned in my few precious minutes of coaching.Even more unimaginable was the thought that ice skating might become one of the most useful parts of my life.I was born in Mexico to two Spanish speakers; thus, Spanish was my first language.