From my earliest memories in Miami, I was intrigued by everything from the unfolding of a story in a book to the evolving theories about our universe. Now, as a third-year student at Syracuse University, I’m living my dream, delving into the world of Applied Data Analytics with minors in Innovation, Design, and Startups, and Computer Engineering.

Being the first in my family to attend university, I had to navigate this new world largely on my own. But that’s the thing about Syracuse – it’s more than just a university. It’s a community where you’re encouraged to explore, make mistakes, and grow.

In my classes, whether it’s ‘Data in Society’ or ‘Intro to Networks & Cloud’, I find myself constantly challenged and intrigued. It’s not just about learning the theories; it’s about seeing how these concepts come alive in the real world. And speaking of the real world, my job at the ITS Service Center and the Digital Scholarship Space (DSS) at Syracuse University has been nothing short of eye-opening. There, I’m not just a student; I’m a problem-solver, a tech wizard in training, helping others make sense of the digital world.

But perhaps what really gets my heart racing is the work I do as a NEXIS Researcher in Data Science. It’s here that I get to explore the frontiers of technology – imagine being part of discussions on the next big thing in tech! This, coupled with my ongoing project, Pr0-Tech, is where I see my dreams converging with reality. It’s a thrilling journey of creating a blockchain-based solution that could redefine data security and privacy.

Looking ahead, I can’t wait for my summer internship at GE Aerospace. It feels like the next big leap towards my goal of being at the forefront of technology and innovation. I’m eager to dive into projects, to test my skills in a real-world setting, and to see how far my passion for data and technology can take me.

And let’s not forget my role as an iSchool Ambassador. Sharing my story, guiding prospective students, and being a part of their decision-making process is not just a responsibility – it’s a privilege. It’s my way of giving back, of showing others that their dreams are valid and achievable.

As I reflect on my time at Syracuse, I realize how each experience has been a stepping stone towards a future I once only dreamed of. This journey has been about finding my place in the world of technology and data, about pushing boundaries, and about discovering who I am and who I want to be.

When I think about how I ended up here, a big part of the story is the Posse Foundation Full-Tuition Leadership Scholarship. It wasn’t just a scholarship; it felt like a vote of confidence in a kid who loved the idea of being a forever learner and dreamed of making a difference. More than that, Posse connected me with a network of fellow scholars, individuals who have become more than peers – they are motivators, inspirers, and my closest friends. Together, we’ve shared experiences and challenges that have shaped me into a better person, deepening my commitment to learning and growing. Each of them, in their own unique way, has contributed to my journey, encouraging me to strive for excellence not just in academia, but in all facets of life. This heartfelt community of scholars that I’veive been able to meet at Syracuse has been instrumental in my development, constantly pushing me to explore new horizons and to be the best version of myself.

Adding to this enriching journey, I was recently honored with the Scholarship in Action award from the iSchool at Syracuse University. This recognition is not just an accolade; it is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion I’ve invested in my academic and extracurricular endeavors. Additionally, being an Our Time Has Come Scholar has brought another layer of enrichment to my university experience. These acknowledgments validate my efforts and reinforce my belief in the power of education and community. They serve as reminders of the responsibility I carry to not only excel academically but to also make a meaningful impact within my community and beyond. With these accolades, I feel even more empowered to pursue my goals and continue making a positive difference in the world.

For anyone considering Syracuse, especially the iSchool, know that it’s a place where dreams are given the space to grow. It’s where your passion for technology and innovation will find a nurturing home, and where your academic journey will be as exciting as it is enlightening.