Scholarship Essay about Goals Ever since I was a young kid I have always been interested with aircraft. I was so curious of how airplane’s fly. I remember taking my toys apart to see how it works. As a kid I wanted to go to the airport to watch the airplanes land and fly and pondered how this happens. Other kids wanted to go to the amusement places. As I grew older I became more and more interested in aircraft and the technology behind it.
I always involved myself with aviation early on. I read books and magazines on aviation, took museum tours, built model airplanes. When I was younger my father would take me to aircraft repair facilities where I would watch in great fascination. In my teens, went up to the military bases and befriended many soldiers involved with aircraft and asked them numerous questions. I got to meet many aeronautics engineers and borrowed their old textbooks and read them till the wee hours of the morning.
As technology improved with information superhighway, I logged on the web. Stayed up for hours and hours searching through web pages and web pages of information about aircraft and technology. I started my elementary school in the Philippines, then we moved to U.S. and continued my high school education and graduated. Enrolled at the CCSF to pursue my college education and now I am in the 2nd year in CCSF taking aeronautics. My goal now is to obtain my AS degree from the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) so I can transfer to a University and get a Bachelors degree and to continue for my Masters degree in Aeronautics Engineering. I will strive hard to reach the peak level of my career which is a Professor and hopefully to be an aeronautic professor so can help and share my knowledge and experience to the new students who wish to be an aeronautics engineer someday.
I completed 62 units from CCSF so far. Currently, I’m taking 21 units. With my hard work in doing my homework and submitted on time; studied hard and gained higher grades on my tests; and did extra credits, I was able to earned a GPA 4.0 last semester `and I was included on the current dean’s list in aeronautics. I received an achievement award for this presented in the Chancellor’s Award Ceremony last December 1998 in CCSF. I have also been accepted to the CCSF honors program and was invited to be a member of the Omega Chapter of Alpha Gamma Sigma, the California Community College Honor Society.
After these achievements, I became more motivated in my studies and it helped me strive hard to aim for a perfect grades hoping to get on the scholarship program. When we first move to the U.S. my family as a whole encountered so many problems. All the sacrifices we encountered and until now we are still struggling to live a better life. Being my mother as the only breadwinner in the family, we suffered so much financially.
At one time when my mother lost her job, I had to quit school and find a job so I can help my family. At early age, I experienced relocating to San Francisco worked two to three jobs getting paid at a minimum wage which at that time it was not enough for us to live. We couldn’t even afford to rent an apartment. We ended up living in a car, or with relatives and moved around few times just to get a free room and board. Quitting school was the last thing on my mind, but I had no other choice.
I thought this was the end of my education. After doing foul and dead-end jobs I told myself; “This is not what I want to do all my life. This was not my Future.” I would never give up until I am somebody someday. I still believe that good things happen to those who sacrifice or wait patiently. I became a very strong person and practical.
I was too young then for that kind of work but it helped me to have goals in life. It opened my eyes that this would not be the kind of life I want to have. I became motivated to pursue my studies. I promised myself that I will continue my education soon as we get stable, so I can improve our lifestyle and can provide a better life for my mother, my sister and for myself and my own family in the future. I also promised myself that I would never let this happen to my family again.
Then luckily my mother found a better job than before. Financial still not good, it is a struggle to support my sister and me. Being a single parent and a widower, it’s full of sacrifices but I’m willing to sacrifice just to get myself back to school. After my father’s sudden dead recently in his 50s. I decided to change the course of my life. I re-entered school full time last year and I’m planning to continue full time hopefully, until I finish my degree.
I am hoping and praying for my mother to have a good health and for her job to be stable until I can graduate. If I don’t finish school and if I don’t strive for my very best I would be nothing to this world and will not open new door to my life. Inspite of financial hardship, I am proud of myself that I stayed strong and challenge the cruel world. I have two brothers who dropped out of school and did not go back at all. They have engaged in risky behavior and involved themselves with alcohol and drugs. I have seen young adults at my age that lost interest in life because of poverty and misfortune, instead they engaged in dangerous activities such alcohol, drugs, gangs and continued to become a headache in the community and society.
I want to make my life better and to live with a good quality life in the future. As of now, I have the highest education in our family members and hoping I will be the most successful one in the future. No one in my family finished school. Including all my cousins, uncles and aunts. With this hardship I’m going through I want to make a difference in my life.
I would be the first one in my family to finish school and that’s my goal. I would like to be a role model for my younger sister specially and also to all my younger cousins, nieces, nephews, and to all the young kids out there to never give up hope. Someday, I will reach my destination in life when I earn my degree and from there it will open up new doors and opportunities with so many good possibilities to offer for my family and me. My mother will be very proud seeing me at the edge of the world very successful. I’m doing this for her and for my father, God rest his soul wherever he is and for myself. After my graduation, I will find a better job to support my mother and my younger sister.
My other goal is to give my mother and my sister a better life than what we have now. They deserve the best and I would like to offer that to them when I finish my education. I believe nothing is impossible in this world as long you are determined to make it possible.