When my mother first approached me about applying for scholarships I’ll admit I was reluctant, after filling out so many college applications. But after I went through and read the descriptions of the Perlman scholarship I truly believed that this is something that could truly help me achieve success in my education. Not only did the financial assistance seem impressive, as well as much needed, but then I read over the summit experience that looked like something that could benefit me in my preparation for college in the fall. I come from a simple family of five, that started well off, but after the loss of my father’s job we had to face relocation to a smaller house in order to make ends meet. It is expected to go to college, majority of my family has. But my choice to go to college has to be one of my own of course, and I truly chose to pursue a higher education to further my knowledge in the world of robotics. At this point in my life, the majority of my hardships were caused through social problems through school and gradual financial problems with my family. Through school, I’ve had a very hard time fitting in, and I am often bullied and continue to be, mainly for being so “weird”. Of course, in high school, it is much less intense than it used to be considering that now the repercussions are much harsher than they once were. But in elementary and middle school, I had to deal with the groups of so called “friends” that teased me and the people that “liked” me meanwhile talking about me behind my back or even sometimes to my face. Teased being an understatement, when the worst of it could get physical. But back then I was willing to endure it all in order to keep my namesake or to fool myself into believing everything was okay. But in all honesty I’ll say I’m thankful for the experience, considering I wouldn’t be who I am without it. I hope that if I am allowed, the experience at the summit will be one that changes me into a better person as well. Financially, my family has experience several problems that I never believed I would have to face. About four years ago, we used to live in a quite large house in a small quiet neighborhood. We’d been living there for over ten years, so I’d been used to our ordinary everyday easy lifestyle. Our pantry and refrigerator was always full with food to eat, if I ever wanted something like new clothes or shoes, it wouldn’t be hard to get it. But then my dad got laid off. And over a couple of months, the lights went out, then the gas, then the water. And the food gradually started fizzling out along with our hopes. And shortly after my mom and dad called us all into the family room to tell us we were moving. More months passed and we moved into a much smaller house in a very large neighborhood close to my high school. It wasn’t too bad for a little while, a couple of my new found friends lived in this neighborhood. But my dad couldn’t seem to find a new job and still hasn’t, and a few times the power and water has been off. But just like the bullying experiences, this one changed me as well. I feel much more humble, and this has definitely taught me that nothing is set in stone. Nothing is definite but change. To assess the last question, I’d say i’m as different as it gets, in more ways than one. I am definitely a huge creative, admiring anything and anybody that is willing to push the boundaries and do something that hasn't been done before. Though I am a future Mechanical Engineering major, i’ll admit my passion in music goes over that of robotics any day. I’ve been playing piano since age five, violin since the third grade, and I just discovered my raspy, deep, “Sade-esque” voice last year. And I hope one day I do learn to incorporate my love for robotics and my love for music into something great. Music is something that just gets under my skin, something I can’t really seem to do without. My parents would be the best people to ask, considering how annoyed they get that my headphones are literally on at all hours of the day. But people often would label me as “different” with what i’m listening to, with such a wide range of genres. Of course with a untouched natural love for hip hop, but nothing you hear on the radio. With artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, and OutKast, who needs Drake? But hip hop is only a small bit of it, I love to dip in a little bit of everything; Rock, Electronica, Alternative, Indie, you name it. Everything except country. Other outlets I use for creativity is writing and fashion. I write poetry, some call it “slam” but i’d say my style is a bit less harsh than slam is. And fashion, is an everyday delivery. I love mixing with a little and a lot, and style is super important. I like seeing others exhibit their styles to the world, being often imitated but never duplicated. I guess if there were one word I would describe myself as, it’d be: Eclectic. I hope that this was a little insight on a slice of who I am.