As a child I had great admiration for my father’s profession and I wanted to be like him. My dad is a military doctor. Growing up, my mother and I would occasionally visit the military hospital. During our visits, I observed in admiration his interactions with his colleagues and the respect he wielded from junior officers. I also admired his military regalia and medical attire, and I longed to dress in similar outfits. Furthermore, I developed a desire to help the sick as I witnessed my mother and father (a laboratory technician and doctor respectively) work to nurture the sick back to health. Seeing the gratification both of my parents had in their jobs, inspired me to want to pursue a career in medicine. However, as I grew older, my perceptions changed. I realized in high school that I was proficient in the sciences except for Biology. Without a good background in Biology, I knew I could not become a medical doctor.
In high school, the teachers used to organize trips to different locations in the country. On one of these trips, my class visited an airport in Douala, Cameroon. We were given a tour of the airport, an airplane and we even had the opportunity to go into the pilot’s cockpit. I was amazed at the complexity of the aircraft when I saw the many buttons in the cockpit. I wanted to know more. I became interested in studying something related to aerospace. I began to inquire from friends and family, and research what steps I needed to take to become an Aeronautical engineer. At the time, there wasn’t an aerospace engineering program at the university in my province in Cameroon. So after high school, I studied Physics instead and completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics. When I moved to the United States a few years ago, I recognized that I had the opportunity of fulfilling my dreams of becoming an Aerospace engineer. So I am pursuing a degree in Aerospace engineering at Montgomery College.
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