Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, PA
I noticed that people don't really go out of their way to learn anymore - and it pleases me to know that I have done such a thing. Before entering my freshman year I attended Franklin and Marshall's Center for Talented Youth program, where I took a Math Logic and Reasoning course. I wanted to expand upon my knowledge, and be able to continue learning while out of school. I continued in later years, as the next year I attended Introduction to Microeconomics at West Chester University. Even though I was only a soon-to-be sophomore at the time, I enjoyed getting a feel for how college will be like. I was able to learn about an area that interests me, business, and realize that I truly did want to continue in the business field.
I knew that I was interested in business - but then again, learning something and then going out of the way to do it are different. So I chose to go out of the way to discover if business interested me. I, through Discovery Internships, interned at Meridian Realty Group, where I experienced business first hand by working with the marketing section of the business. I helped by making sales calls, showing houses, and designing the business website. I even do business activities during the school year, as I am involved with Junior Achievement at Lockheed Martin. Here we design a product, and as Vice President of Public Relations I get to experience how a business works while focusing in on a section of business that especially interests me.
For the past four years I have been volunteering weekly at my local library, the Rachel Kohl Community Library. I think that it's important to volunteer at the same place consistently, so that the organization let's you have more responsibility and they know you truly care about their purpose. I chose to volunteer at the local library for a variety of reasons. The first was that I love to read, and I frequented the library quite often. The next was that I noticed that people seemed to have stopped reading - I know that a majority of my friends 'don't have time' or simply 'don't enjoy it'. And by working with children, as that is where I usually contribute my time to, I help get children into the habit of reading, and enjoying the process of doing so, of learning.