Scholarship Submissions 2020


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YuJa has launched our annual Scholarship Program to provide one lucky winner with a change to win $1,000 towards your college education. This year, we wanted to hear your thoughts on the steps we can take to ensure that the technology we develop benefits society.

 

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You can view all of the essay submissions below and vote for the best submission in the poll at the bottom of the page. Voting ends on July 1st.

 

Steps to Ensure Technology Is Used Beneficially

By Hope Graham

     “81% of Americans say they go online on a daily basis (Perrin & Kumar 2019).” This proves that Americans rely heavily on technology. Consequently, Americans are using technology for everything and anything: to research how to do something, to take notes, or to even watch television. Technology has many positives but it also comes with its negatives: self-esteem issues and many hours spent (or wasted) on the device itself. Therefore, the steps that we can take to ensure the technology that we develop benefits society are to: create software that decreases self-esteem problems and decreases screen time usage.

     The decline of self-esteem in America is a growing issue especially due to the utilization of social media. “60% of people using social media reported that it has impacted their self-esteem in a negative way (Silva 2017).” As a result of this, apps have been made to increase confidence levels. For example, the Thinkup app “uses your own voice to give you positive feedback and affirmations (2017).” While this app may be assisting in developing a better mindset, overall, it still won’t help how you feel when you go on Instagram or Facebook. A better solution than self-care apps would be to insert a type of filtration software into social media apps. Twitter has implemented a feature where a potentially inappropriate or offensive post is blurred out until you click that it is okay to see it. Furthermore, Instagram could have software that could do the same thing. For instance, Instagram could have software to track face posts (such as selfies) and blur out the photo until someone consents to see it. This way, people who are struggling with their self worth won’t see the Photoshopped, triggering images.

     “American adults spent about 3 hours and 30 minutes a day using the mobile internet in 2019… (Molla 2020),” according to Vox.com. That’s precious time wasted and that can never be retrieved again. There is a solution to this problem; set a time limit. However, the current resolution has one significant fault to it; it doesn’t work. The reason it doesn’t work is that it is too easy to get out of the limit. I can set a limit for Instagram of 30 minutes from my iPhone settings. However, after the 30 minutes are up, I can easily press dismiss. Therefore, the best way to fix the screen time problem is to have a time limit built into future phones. This limit wouldn’t be placed on the internet itself since that might prove counterintuitive if you need the internet for your job or something of important value. The limit would consist of an hour a day and it will be placed on social media apps.

     In conclusion, technology is only beneficial when it is being used for growth: spiritually, physically, and emotionally. However, most Americans are not using it for growth; it is instead being used for entertainment purposes. If Americans limit screen time, not only can more be done in a day but self-esteem levels will rise. Keeping this in mind, I challenge everyone to put the phone or iPad away for one day. Let’s see how much of a positive difference we can make in our mental health and productivity together.

 

 

“7 Apps To Help You With Your Self-Esteem In 2017.” Bon Vita, 7 Sept. 2017, www.bonvitastyle.com/7-apps-to-help-you-with-your-self-esteem-in-2017.
Molla, Rani. “Tech Companies Tried to Help Us Spend Less Time on Our Phones. It Didn’t Work.” Vox, Vox, 6 Jan. 2020, www.vox.com/recode/2020/1/6/21048116/tech-companies-time-well-spent-mobile-phone-usage-data.
Perrin, Andrew, and Madhu Kumar. “About Three-in-Ten U.S. Adults Say They Are ‘Almost Constantly’ Online.” Pew Research Center, Pew Research Center, 25 July 2019, www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/25/americans-going-online-almost-constantly/.
Silva, Clarissa. “Social Media’s Impact On Self-Esteem.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 22 Feb. 2017, www.huffpost.com/entry/social-medias-impact-on-self-esteem_b_58ade038e4b0d818c4f0a4e4.

 

Using Technology to Unify Society

By Samuel Klaczynski

Technology is often mistaken for any invention succeeding the second half of the 20th century. Though now the production of recent technology has become all quite cryptic to the average consumer, the bare roots of technology have always been the premedative human actions of manipulating one’s environment to better suit their needs. When technology is epitomized in such a format, it becomes apparent that such a basic principle can never really be controlled in humans, people will always be driven to push boundaries in every aspect. It is evident sheerly from the metaphoric explosions of technology that occur usually following one unprecedented discovery. Stifling this innate human passion leads to disaster and letting technology develop too quickly can result in a collapse which is why I divulge a solution based on improving society’s ability to share the burdens of our technology that rests on the occupants, home, and legacy of the human race. Sharing the payload, sounds simple enough, but literal meaning implies, together society needs to fund the future of providing more space in the colonization of Mars.

A sci-fi idea some would say, however that is usually a response prompted by a lack of information on the subject. With the birth of SpaceX and its Falcon rockets, the most powerful in existence, the project has sparked public interest, a step that cannot be undermined in its importance. Regardless, I predict these rockets will not be the solution no matter how massive they become primarily because they aren’t using the right fuel. The right fuel is the exact invention that would encapsulate the first step towards ensuring the future of technology is benefiting society. That fuel is nuclear fusion, an endless, powerful, clean energy source that requires creating the environment of a sun at a subatomic scale to generate atoms moving fast enough to override electroweak interaction forces and fuse into a new element. The technology exists in places such as Switzerland and France with the Large Hadron Collider or in Illinois at FermiLab but the future development to make it of practical use will cause an explosion of technology replacing outdated harmful energy sources for a cheaper, cleaner, and more powerful one, something the Earth desperately needs.

In the midst of this technological explosion, both private and government owned space exploration agencies will need to grab hold of the reins of public interest and funnel it into a colonization frenzy. They will need to market this off the belief that Mars is not to be a city upon a hill or utopia but instead it will improve the quality of life for the entirety of the human race by making concerns over or limitations of resources obsolete. It is foolish to think that technology could be at fault for the success or destruction of society, technology is but a tool but this does not mean that technology can not be coerced in a way that aids society. To ensure the technology of tomorrow continues to benefit society, steps such as sustainable nuclear fusion and mars colonization must be taken to make people realize that the concern is not making technology to unify society but rather unifying society to create technology.

 

Technology as the Engine for Learning

By Jonas Lee

In 2012, when I was 4th grader, my school became among the first districts to utilize iPads in learning. We used applications like “Keynote” for digital presentations, “Notability” for typing out papers, and even interactive educational games such as “Stack the States” to advance our geographical knowledge. No one could have predicted back then how the Digital Age would come to evolve and how crucial it would be today during a pandemic.

There are 6.3 million K-12 students in California. Without technology during COVID-19, millions of students would literally be without a learning environment for the foreseeable future. Teachers would not be able to communicate assignments, lectures, proctor tests on cameras, or socratic seminars during quarantine. The negative impacts of education without technology would be insurmountable. High schoolers seeking to take AP tests would have to wait another year and seniors would not be able to fill graduation requirements before college. But when else did technology push the boundaries of my own learning environment pre-quarantine? Look no further than the world of Model UN.

Mira Costa Model United Nations is a top-5 ranked program nationally. Competition is fierce. A select 20 students out of 150 are invited to participate in prestigious travel trips. I have been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to interact and compete with delegates in Davis, Chicago, Washington DC, New Jersey and New York. In MUN, I learned an applicable life skill that no other class teaches: the ability to network and problem solve diplomatically with complete strangers. These experiences would be impossible without technology.

I spend roughly 16-24 hours preparing the week before a debate. To find knowledge about a UN topic, I have to scour the internet for data. I have to learn about the topic inside and out. I must read current events pertaining to the countries and organizations involved. I must delve into 3-page Google searches to understand my country policy. I need to craft 10-12 solutions to tangibly solve aspects of the issue socioeconomically, efficiently, and diplomatically. I must find meaningful statistics I can speak about in debate to elevate these solutions. Without ability to research at my fingertips, I would be unable to educate myself. In the actual debate, Google Docs is used to write and format our “resolutions”, where the delegates compile all of our final solutions into a document after discussing what is most important. All of this is done through an online medium.

I am 1 of 11 people in our program to win Best Delegate in my program. I have spoken at the UN Headquarters in New York. Such experiences would be sacrificed without technology available to enhance my learning environment in MUN and beyond.

Both my school district and the world of Model UN used technology to benefit society by providing opportunities for growth in knowledge. We can ensure technology benefits society by continuing to use it as a tool to teach. Doing so builds a better tomorrow for our world.

 

Future Technologies as Seen Today

By Emre Tichelaar

In today’s new normal, the benefits of technology are very evident. The Coronavirus pandemic has led us all to social distance; however, technology over the past two decades has brought us closer than ever. Families across the world, across the state or even in another room inside their house, use modern technologies to communicate regularly and efficiently. With employers forced to adopt the working from home model, a lot of businesses will be more lenient to allowing their employees to work from home in the future. The technology that makes this possible will allow things such as parents to spend more time with their children and disabled workers to still contribute to their team. This is a benefit to society because more present parenting leads to children going up to achieve more. Less disabled individuals will be relying on government support as well. These two things are only scratching the surface of the benefit that working from home technologies will provide society.

Moving forward, technology makes society more efficient. Video conferencing technologies, for example, have lessened the need for business travelers to fly across the world for meetings (not to mention better for the environment). However, we must be careful that we understand that video calls are not the same as in-person interactions. This sort of thinking could become more and more prevalent as new generations grow up with the technology. For example, in the future, a busy mother might misunderstand that spending time with her kids over a video call is vastly different from being there in person. This technology is not a replacement for in-person interactions; instead, it’s a tool to advance and supplement. If we keep this in mind, we can ensure that technology brings us closer and not slowly further apart. Increasing the education we give in schools about things like this will go far.

Furthermore, we must understand that technology creates anonymity. Individuals whose identities are hidden are more prone to harassing others. According to Pew Research Center, roughly 41% of Americans have been harassed online. This number will only go up as society moves more and more into the cybersphere. The beauty of online anonymity is authoritarian governments will be less able to track down individuals who speak out against them. However, online bullying and harassment must still be tackled in some way so we can maximize society’s benefits. Advocating for individuals effected by online harassment and those who partake in the harassment to seek mental health counseling will go a long way in today’s society.

On the other hand, proponents of technologies coming into the workplace say that they may replace jobs. According to the British Office for National Statistics, 70% of individuals in the UK are at risk of losing their jobs to automation over the next decade. To make sure automation benefits society most positively without creating massive unemployment, we need to educate and inform those who may lose their jobs retroactively. If there is foresight into where else they can fit and provide in society, they will have time to retrain in a new field. Over time, society will benefit because more people are providing more advanced labor versus more straightforward tasks that can be automated.

All in all, the benefits of current technologies such as video conferencing and future ones such as robotic automation far outweigh the benefit. This is especially true when education at all levels of life accompanies when new technologies are introduced.

Sources:
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47691078
https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2017/07/11/online-harassment-2017/
https://insights.som.yale.edu/insights/is-videoconferencing-still-the-future

 

Technological Advancements for the World

By Briley Olson

Technological advancements provide new opportunities, communication, and give new abilities to the disabled. Throughout many decades technology has been used for good. There has been a burst in production of quality instruments. Advancements have been created for immobility, hearing imparities, and visual disabilities. Technology created for those purposes can be assumed to ensure benefits for society. Safety measures can be applied to all kinds of technology so that it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands and used for bad. These measures are put in place for the good of society. However, trying to ensure that technology is always used for good would be like trying to drain the ocean with a straw. Unfortunately, the character of people is what decides if technology is used beneficially for good or as a detriment.

As we have seen in our world lately, people know how to abuse their technological powers to cause havoc and aggressive behaviors. The perfect example of people abusing technology is currently with the rioting, violent protests, and anarchy surrounding the murder of George Floyd. Technology is an amazing tool that provides the ability to create, but when it’s used incorrectly, too much damage can be done. Negative actions stem from a person’s character. Unfortunately, in our world there are people that simply don’t think twice about their actions; or worse, they purposefully use technology and social media to create chaos and aggressive behavior. This is when technology becomes a detriment to society. Only the test of time will determine if someone is going to sabotage good technology for evil purposes.

To ensure all technological use benefits society, many limitations and security checks would need to be used. The only person controlling the actions taken on their devices is themself. There are a plethora of security checks on most financial or business websites that help protect against viruses and cruelty. This type of security could be taken one step further to provide safety and well-being to society; security questions, passwords, fingerprints, and more would be most strategic. To ensure that society is benefited, advancements in mobilization, auditory, and visual technology for disabled people would be necessary. Another area for technological growth is with the environment; water filtration, air purification, and solar panels each benefit our globe. If something as serious as a pandemic can open the eyes of society to protect the Earth, then let’s use it as an advantage and educational time. Technology can provide ample information to educate and reach people across the globe. Security based technology, technology that benefits the disabled community, and technology that improves the environment can be used to ensure the improvement of society.

Our greatest hope is that society would utilize technology and its developments to ensure the greater good. Over the past century, our society has experienced an avalanche of technological advancements; most of those have been used for good, however, in today’s culture we can see technology being intentionally twisted for evil. Some steps to ensure that the development of technology would benefit society are: requiring more security, providing the disabled community with more resources, and focusing on environmental health. Technology stems from creativity of members in our society. My greatest hope is that we could ensure all technological advancements would be used for the good of society.

 

Technology is Art

By Kathryn Hoang

Technology is evolutionary art that is created in order to strengthen efficiency, intelligence, creativity, and many more aspects of our everyday lives. I am currently a freshman, Electrical and Computer Engineering major at the University of Arizona. In the future, I strive to create bigger and better things through artificial intelligence that will that help benefit and develop life in our future society. One of my grandest dreams is to become a Disney Imagineer and creatively design new way to make people happy. It is inevitable that companies are consistently striving to improve productivity and performance. New ideas and technology arise everyday but it takes more than a single person to bring these ideas to life. I believe one of the most important steps in ensuring new technology will benefit our society is team work. Throughout the first two semesters I have experienced in college, I have learned that working as a team add so much more to a project than if one were to work alone. Working as a team allows for multiple point of views, input from a variety of perspectives and most importantly allows you to grow a bond with the people you work with. Having the responsibly of being accountable and openminded to others ideas is the most beneficial skill a person can have that allows the working process to run smooth and seamless. Communication is another important factor in producing beneficial technology. The ability to address goals and motives as well as concerns to a team strengthen and creates trust within all the members. It builds the bond needed to respect each other’s values as well as prove each member dedication to the success of any new technology.

 

Technology powered by Kindness.

By Dara Nicole Díaz Ríos

Stone tools were the first technology devices humans developed in the search for better well-being and ease of life. Also known as the science of crafting, tech has a tremendous influence on the ways we build and organize our societies. Nevertheless, not all of us reach the benefits of it, and sometimes we perceive our lives affected by its mismanaged power. Still, we have the potential to define what technologies are truly needed and how we want them to be applied, but to achieve this we must generate more positive and beneficial new practices on our relationship with technology.

Conscious consumption: Most of the technology we use daily is regulated, yet few of us take the time to read the norms and small print of the things we buy and use; some of the products we innocently accept are causing irreparable damage to minorities, creating modern slavery and depleting natural resources. These actions violate the principles of sustainability and human rights. If we adopt more conscious habits of consumption the companies that create products will also adjust to our more sustainable standards. Hopefully, they will stop releasing new phone models every week and protect our planet and people living on the margins.

Transparency and dialog: Nearly all the big technologies have global consequences; therefore there should be a global dialog to ensure that these technologies and their related policies benefit all people and not transnational corporations. Additionally, we need to ensure that we create standard processes to test and evaluate the impact these technologies will have on the people. Technology is today’s most marketable product and we need to keep an eye on it, to ensure we’re not feeding another horrible monster like pharmaceuticals.

The democratization of science: Instead of politicizing science, we should be looking for its democratization, this means that citizens engage actively with science and technology, therefore it becomes popular and participatory. It is in our hands to become analysts, scientists, creators and researchers, so we encourage rigorous politics that serve the public objectives and invest in our own ideas to bring technological innovation out from within our communities instead of passively waiting for ethical technology to save the day.

Suppress anthropocentrism: Technology doesn’t have to destroy the world, there are other ways we can do things, a radical shift to sustainable tech is not only the smarter option but the only one. It is possible to escape from toxic anthropocentrism and support nonhuman biological beings in order to make more balanced societies. Ethical choices will lead us to inspire connections and identities to empower citizens, not to manipulate and distract them from what’s really important: community and connection.

By all counts, and with proved results we can rely on technology to extol the greatest facets of intelligent life and it is in the duty of all to ensure we gain wise at the same time we develop the next technologies that will shape the world.

 

The Steps to Take Concerning Technology

By Hope Graham

 “81% of Americans say they go online on a daily basis (Perrin & Kumar 2019).” This proves that Americans rely heavily on technology. Consequently, Americans are using technology for everything and anything: to research how to do something, to take notes, or to even watch television. Technology has many positives but it also comes with its negatives: self-esteem issues and many hours spent (or wasted) on the device itself. Therefore, the steps that we can take to ensure the technology that we develop benefits society are to: create software that decreases self-esteem problems and decreases screen time usage.


The decline of self-esteem in America is a growing issue especially due to the utilization of social media. “60% of people using social media reported that it has impacted their self-esteem in a negative way (Silva 2017).” As a result of this, apps have been made to increase confidence levels. For example, the Thinkup app “uses your own voice to give you positive feedback and affirmations (2017).” While this app may be assisting in developing a better mindset, overall, it still won’t help how you feel when you go on Instagram or Facebook. A better solution than self-care apps would be to insert a type of filtration software into social media apps. Twitter has implemented a feature where a potentially inappropriate or offensive post is blurred out until you click that it is okay to see it. Furthermore, Instagram could have software that could do the same thing. For instance, Instagram could have software to track face posts (such as selfies) and blur out the photo until someone consents to see it. This way, people who are struggling with their self worth won’t see the Photoshopped, triggering images.


“American adults spent about 3 hours and 30 minutes a day using the mobile internet in 2019… (Molla 2020),” according to Vox.com. That’s precious time wasted and that can never be retrieved again. There is a solution to this problem; set a time limit. However, the current resolution has one significant fault to it; it doesn’t work. The reason it doesn’t work is that it is too easy to get out of the limit. I can set a limit for Instagram of 30 minutes from my iPhone settings. However, after the 30 minutes are up, I can easily press dismiss. Therefore, the best way to fix the screen time problem is to have a time limit built into future phones. This limit wouldn’t be placed on the internet itself since that might prove counterintuitive if you need the internet for your job or something of important value. The limit would consist of an hour a day and it will be placed on social media apps.


In conclusion, technology is only beneficial when it is being used for growth: spiritually, physically, and emotionally. However, most Americans are not using it for growth; it is instead being used for entertainment purposes. If Americans limit screen time, not only can more be done in a day but self-esteem levels will rise. Keeping this in mind, I challenge everyone to put the phone or iPad away for one day. Let’s see how much of a positive difference we can make in our mental health and productivity together.

 

“7 Apps To Help You With Your Self-Esteem In 2017.” Bon Vita, 7 Sept. 2017, www.bonvitastyle.com/7-apps-to-help-you-with-your-self-esteem-in-2017.
Molla, Rani. “Tech Companies Tried to Help Us Spend Less Time on Our Phones. It Didn’t Work.” Vox, Vox, 6 Jan. 2020, www.vox.com/recode/2020/1/6/21048116/tech-companies-time-well-spent-mobile-phone-usage-data.
Perrin, Andrew, and Madhu Kumar. “About Three-in-Ten U.S. Adults Say They Are ‘Almost Constantly’ Online.” Pew Research Center, Pew Research Center, 25 July 2019, www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/07/25/americans-going-online-almost-constantly/.
Silva, Clarissa. “Social Media’s Impact On Self-Esteem.” HuffPost, HuffPost, 22 Feb. 2017, www.huffpost.com/entry/social-medias-impact-on-self-esteem_b_58ade038e4b0d818c4f0a4e4.
 

 

Know the People

By Kasia Janey

I believe that the best way to ensure that the technology we develop benefits society, is to listen to society itself. It is important for developers to learn what people need and want; then the proper steps can be taken to make technological advances that will benefit a larger number of people. Technological developments may fail if consumers do not see a need for the product. To prevent this from occurring, proper planning must be done beforehand.

First, a problem must be identified. A developer must ask, what is a problem that needs to be solved? If technology does not solve a specific problem, its use or value may be diminished. Developers should conduct thorough research to learn trends in society in regards to what is needed. It is also important to take into consideration if a product is what society wants. Advances in technology that are unwanted, no matter what the supposed purpose is, may not do well and in the end will receive backlash, rather than being beneficial. The product must be able to effectively solve the problem it sets out to eliminate with little to no downsides. If there are flaws in the design, features that are undesirable, or even if the method of delivery is off, the product may flop. A product can only benefit society as much as people let it. If people reject the product, it cannot do anything to help them.

Secondly, a developer must figure out how the new product may fulfil its purpose best. A well developed technological advancement should clearly present the issue it is trying to solve. It must be able to effectively tackle the issue in its functions. A product should be tested extensively before release to the public. The trial and error process should work out any bugs or inconsistencies in the product. It is also important to know who the demographic is. If the technology is to be used by a specific group of people with expertise, then those people should be able to use the technology to their benefit. If the product is simple and can be used without specific training, it should be relatively easy to understand and utilize. Technologies that are hard to understand may not be received as well by the public.

Overall, the best way to benefit society with technological advances is to know what the people want. The voice of society is the best way to understand how to benefit it. Technological advances should make life more simple rather than more difficult. To ensure technological advances benefit society, developers must reach into our world and really define, plan, and tackle the problems that we as people face in our daily lives.

 

What Takes Priority?

By Elia Sanchez

 As society advances, so does the technology around us because it evolves with us. To keep technology advancing beneficially, we must ensure that the technology we develop has a purpose. Schools, hospitals, or anyone in their every day lives may find a need for it. For future inventions and advancements, the creators and researchers developing it should consider a few things before proceeding. These aspects may include the efficiency of the creation and the necessity, along with some others.


Looking back at the history of a particular advancement, such as a computer or a household appliance, may be the key to furthering those innovations. For example, when companies look to release a new product, they analyze their previous ones and improve on them. But, to help society get the most out of these products, the designers must look to see how each new feature would benefit the majority of consumers rather than a select few. The inventor can take an already existing product and modify it to suit the changing needs of current consumers better. Companies also should take all of their feedback and create something new and useful for everyone if more and more people find the need for a particular appliance in their home.


Inventors and researchers should go to schools and hospitals because they are two of the central institutions that would benefit greatly from new technology. A school receiving something that helps students learn is an example of how new technology would benefit everyone. Additionally, hospitals having new machines or equipment to save lives will benefit society as a whole. Because technology can help so many people, it should not be wasted, and those resources should be allocated to a better purpose.


A set of questions in the form of a chart should be created to help creators use their skills to the best of their ability. These question charts would help guide researchers in the direction best suited for their particular invention. The first question would ask about the potential to help; would the invention work to improve a person’s life, or is it recreational and optional. If optional, then the researcher may still proceed, but that project would not take priority over more crucial technologies. The chart would accommodate for the different technology fields as well–from the size of the product itself to the category.


Another approach to guaranteeing that technology supports society is testing the technology before its release to the public. The creators should run tests on a broad demographic of its users to understand which improvements must be made and whether the product is helping. They can then create a comprehensive before and after chart with the data collected, monitoring the participant without the product and with the product. This process would show the researcher the efficiency of their creation.


Technology is remarkable in the sense that it improves the quality of life for many. Technology is not limited to entertainment and leisure and should, therefore, not be treated as such. Establishing guidelines for what type of technology and purpose should take priority will ensure society continues to benefit from new advancements.

 

The Power of Technology

By Hannah Yim

         I have constantly heard the phrase, “Technology destroys society and young people’s lives” from my parents, teachers, and the elderly throughout my childhood. Although this phrase can be true in certain circumstances, something I think is also important to consider is that technology is entirely capable of benefitting us, not just creating harm. There are still multiple issues with technology; However, it is important to consider what steps can be implemented to ensure that technology can benefit society for the better.


        Something many people don’t often consider is that technology is seen in almost every aspect of our daily lives and that years of research is one of the main factors that allowed for the creation of many innovations. Technology includes things such as the glasses we wear, running shoes, and common medicines. These necessary items have all been designed by scientists and engineers, and have already benefited society for countless years, and we can use these examples to understand what we should continue to do for future technological developments. For instance, medical technology covers an extensive spectrum, ranging from items as simple as band-aids to  CRISPR. These technological innovations are products of years of research and experimentation, which is why they are considered to be so beneficial to society today. Overall, one of the key methods to ensure future technology will benefit society is to continue to research and experiment with new items, which will allow for innovations of better quality and efficiency.


        Besides the tangible aspect of technology, the Internet also carries many social issues such as cyberbullying, the proliferation of fake news/misinformation, and increased surveillance of citizens. As I mentioned beforehand, I believe it is the abuse of technology, especially regarding the Internet, that has resulted in many of the aforementioned issues today, rather than the technology itself. A common issue hindering technology, especially the Internet, from benefitting society as a whole is that laws regarding technology are relatively slow in development in comparison to the rapidly expanding technology. This is why society needs to ensure that cybersecurity measures, as well as technical regulations, need to be implemented faster to accommodate the new developments.


        Lastly, technology can be used to better society through consideration of global issues. I believe educating people/students is one of the best ways to inspire them to create innovations that have the potential to solve major issues. This is supported by examples such as Boyan Slat, a student who designed a plastic-waste trap when he was 18-years old, helping to address the issue of plastic waste pollution in oceans, or Fionn Ferreria, an 18-year old who used ferrofluid to remove harmful microplastics in water, effectively reducing health risks associated with microplastics. These students were inspired to create these innovations through their experiences learning about these issues within their schools and through their own experiences. Overall, I think educating as many people on global issues can help inspire many to create something that will improve society for the better.


        In summation, I believe technology can indubitably benefit society for the better through the implementation of steps such as continuing to research and experiment extensively, increasing cybersecurity efforts regarding Internet use, as well as educating and inspiring more people to create new and improved innovations for society.

 

The Creation Shall Reflect the Creator

By Caley Soria

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? I believe, in a more general sense, the former. That creation comes from a creator and therefore possesses elements from the creator. In the book the Consequences of Ideas, R.C. Sproul on discussing Soren Kierkegaard, says, “It is no accident that the history of art, music, and drama follows the history of philosophy. The artist picks up new philosophical ideas, employs them, and communicates them as part of a particular movement.”


I will go further to say that it doesn’t just have to be art, music or drama; but anything man brings into existence will reflect his philosophy and that he doesn’t even have to be intentional in reflecting himself in whatever he creates. Whatever man creates will reflect who man is; what he wants. This can also be referred to as man’s philosophy. That is why the world of technology could be in trouble because we, today, are a people of a poor philosophy. So, anything we create will show for that. In a technologically booming society, we see our poor ways of thinking in what we have created. Technology mirrors our narcissism, our materialism, and our desperation for comfort.

In order to take steps to ensure that technology will benefit society we must manage our narcissism. Perhaps we don’t realize the insanity of the plethora of apps that exist solely so that we can document every minute detail in our lives. But more than that, we rely on the validation that comes from the design of these apps in the form of likes, shares, retweets, etc. Social media platforms could benefit society but only if the philosophy, the drives of man, change. We could greatly benefit from the spreading of factual information, positivity, and awareness of social issues if we change our mindset from thinking only about ourselves.


In order for technology to be beneficial we must address our materialism as well. We are a society driven by our mad cravings to possess the latest and the greatest. The newest flat-screen, the newest iPhone and the newest car with the greatest number of buttons and touch screens. We live in the age that is capable of ending world hunger, curing deadly diseases, and providing sustainable energy but instead we are consumed with having the newest thing that will make our life easier.


Technology could relieve so many of the world ailments but the human folly of desiring comfort has to also be corrected first. Think about it, other than the fact that our neighbor doesn’t have it, why do we want the flat-screen, phone, and car? Because it has so many appliances that allow us not to employ brain power and deter any trace of discomfort. The advancement of technology can lead to the salvation of many but has instead led to the stupidity of few.


In conclusion, the steps that need to be taken to make technology beneficial are addressing the issues of human nature. Because whatever we create will only reflect who we are and the philosophy we live by; currently that philosophy is consumed by ourselves. We must grow out of childish narcissism, materialism and desperation for comfort. In doing so, we can push the advancement of technology into a direction that can truly benefit human life.

 

About Me

By Madison Val

When you are younger, you never expect to grow up quickly. The years you experience make you who you are. Everyone goes through issues, hard time, and difficulties but that’s what makes us who we are. They often say, the more hardship you go through makes you stronger as a person. Looking back to the age of seven, I remember it was more like terrible twos for my parents and me. My parents separated a few long days after my birthday. I remember it like it was yesterday, moving out of my home and having to say goodbye to the memories that lived in that house. It was going back and forth every other week and always having a bag to carry back and forth or not being able to find my favorite sparkly shirt from Justice. That was just the very beginning of many more back-and-forth trips to come.

At the age of ten I had gotten so use to this routine that I often would not forget anything and was happy to see each one of my parents. It was not till a major fight that had broken out with my dad, I lived with my mom a solid year and a half only visiting for early breakfasts at a local old gas station restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona. I had gotten use to this life once again feeling relieved and happy. I would  always here negativity brought into any discussion with my mom, but as a ten year old I figured it was normal. Once i started figuring out and learning that not everyone does speak the truth and not everything is the way it seems I developed my own perspective.

When I turned fifteen I had made another huge life change to live with my dad realizing the manipulation I had been put through. All of the nights crying, always taking the blame, and the threats it was the best decision. I had finally had the best life possible and felt truly happy. I would wake up every morning to the smell of coffee and to the sound of the news. I would leave my house with a chatty trip to school. On the hard days, the one person I needed most was always there. He looked out for me and protected me from the sadness and hard parts of the world. I learned everything I needed to know.

I often would not have to feel all the pain brought on through my mom even tho it was still their. I was taught to have a positive outlook and accept what we can not control. I would still have brunches with her always hearing about something going wrong. To me as each year I grew and changed and would mature. I loved coming home to a place I could call home and where I felt safe. I loved late night movie watching and the family dinners. I would always clean the kitchen and wash the dishes. Late at night I stayed up being quite for those who had to go to work early the next morning.

To me, in some ways our parents do define us and we learn everything we know from them. It has made me who I am today. Yes, we are not supposed to say who we are in this essay, but why not? I am strong, forgiving, happy, and open hearted to change. I have learned more and grew more in high school then I would ever expect. I have had the heartbreakers, the stress, and the love but everything we go through makes us what we are today, and i would not change me for anything.

 

 

Waiting Room

By  Victoria Johnson

 Every day for me was a new adventure, I spent all my time with my friends doing as we please. From going out every weekend to sleepovers on school nights. I was never home. Until September 9th, 2018, I got home from being gone all weekend. My mom called me to her room and the moment I saw her face I knew everything was about to change. She started the conversation with “ you know how Bill (my stepdad) went to get a colonoscopy last week”. She immediately broke down and I knew what that meant. My step dad was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.  I could not believe the words that were coming out of her mouth. Because of this, my whole life changed. My everyday routine slowly was consumed by doctors’ appointments and random trips to the ER. Some days my stepdad would be laughing and playing with our dachshunds, other days he would not even be able to get himself out of bed. Every day was a guessing game, with no idea of what was to come next. A waiting room soon became our Safe Haven. A waiting room is an interesting place, so much commotion going on around you, yet all you can think of is what is going on behind those two closed doors. Some people may see this place as daunting because you have zero control and are left in the dark on what is going on behind those two doors. Although for me, this was a place I was able to connect most with my mom and my brother. It was that one time of the day where we had to drop everything else and just be present. Did I also mention how horrible the cell phone reception is in a waiting room? All jokes aside, it was a time where I could rebuild the lost relationships I had created between my family members and I. I would be lying if I said this did not change my entire life. In situations like this, it is hard because the end result is so unsure.After months of chemo and radiation, everything finally felt like everything was going to be okay. Currently my Stepdad is off chemo and radiation and every day is like sitting in a waiting room. Only a few more weeks until he takes his final scans and our lives could change for better or worse. Life is like a constant waiting room, we are never sure of what is to come.

 

 

Mercedes Molina, Scholarship Essay

By Mercedes Molina

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, There are no limits.”(Micheal Phelps)  Ever since I was born I feel as if life has tested me, I say this due to the fact that I had died for a minute and a half at birth. Then fast forward eight years later and I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. As time goes on more and more things seem to happen but although these curve balls have been thrown my way I would still consider myself a very fortunate, happy and lucky person. By now reading this it may not be the essay that was wanted but it is one that I feel is important because it lets a person know who I am. I feel like for the sole purpose that when investing in a person to get an education it is crucial to know the individual, not their views on a random subject matter. Knowing this is why it is important to look into who I am as an individual and to ensure whom it may concern if I were to receive this scholarship that their funding will not be taken for granite.


My name is Mercedes Molina, I am a twenty year old mexican american who lives in Arizona. I am currently a full time student majoring in nutritional science at the University of Arizona who is in the process of transferring to Arizona State University in the fall. With my degree I plan to become a sports Dietitians for a professional team in the near future. Ever since I can remember I had always wanted to go into the medical field. When I was five it was a doctor, then at age eight it was an endocrinologist and then freshman year of college it was a pharmacist. The reason why I had originally entered college wanting to be a pharmacist was due to the fact that I had wanted a good paying job to be able to not have to worry about student loans or really money in general. For the purpose of wanting to be a pharmacist is why I had originally selected  to attend the University of Arizona. When entering the university I was advised to major in nutrition since it was said to be an easier transition into the pharmacy program later. While taking my nutrition classes it was becoming clear to me that I loved nutrition. I was enjoying my classes and I found myself always reading health books and articles, plus counting carbs and watching my diet because of my diabetes. After completing these classes I started to reflect on what I wanted out of life. I had then came to the conclusion that it wasn’t the money that was important because all in all I would find a way to get financially stable, but the key point was the fact that I realized that I wanted and needed to be happy and I want to want to go to work each day and for this is why I had chosen dietetics and have decided to transfer because ASU has a better program and more opportunities in order to pursue my career goals along with obtaining my masters.


Although knowing my educational goals is crucial it is significant to know a little about me as well. I am not your average quirky student, I say this for the fact that I enjoy being with my friends and family, I would say without them none of my dreams would even be possible. I love Disney, superheros, Ironman being my favorite. I also love football and baseball (go Dodgers and Vikings!), hence the reason why I want to be a sports dietitian. But overall I have been a very hard working dedicated student. All throughout middle school, high school and now college I have always gone above and beyond what is expected of me to do my best and to succeed in school. What I mean by this is I have always been involved in many clubs and leadership organizations and have partaken in opportunities to help enhance my education such as participating in an internship at the universities Mckale center Fueling station, while also being a preceptor for a processor, along with taking advantage of opportunities such as enhancing my skills and experiencing new cultures by studying abroad for a semester in London, England. In general I have always been involved in anything school and I love it, I have always been that strange kid who loved going to school and had never wanted to miss a day of it.I would also stress cry about my grades, because the way I thought was my education is what is going to set me up for success not anything else.


Overall, the reason why I should receive this scholarship is for the fact that no other candidate will be more dedicated and more appreciative than I will be if I were to receive it. Meaning, that personally my main goal and priority in life right now is my school and as I have grown that hasn’t changed. Knowing this it means that I will not stop working and giving my all until I receive my degree and eventually even my master’s degree as well, because I know that not every individual has this opportunity and because I am able to I don’t want to waste it when someone else is out wishing that they were able to do what I am.

 

 

Little Digital World We Call Home

By Iva Marinkovic

When I was growing up, I was not having opportunities that technology provides to children in the current times. The only way to reach a friend was a home phone and even that was a commodity of an upper class. Born and raised in a small Serbian home, I began to value little things like conversation with friends, going outside for a bike ride or walking to school. However, as I entered my teenage years technology began spreading and becoming part of the every day life. Having a phone in my hand was as common as eating or drinking water. It was the first thing I checked in the morning and the last thing I looked at at night.It consumed my life more than I could ever expect.


Although some people, I like to call traditionalist, believe technology haven’t brought anything valuable to today’s society yet only created little human machines unable to hold a decent conversation with each other for five minutes straight, my opinion differs for couple of reasons.Primarily, social media is its own little digital world being surfed by billions of people from all over the globe. Without things like Instagram and Facebook, we would never be able to make a connection with a person who lives thousand miles away from us. Share experiences, learn from each other, and finally become a well rounded individuals.I will share a personal story with all of you.After moving to United States at 14 years of age, I am happy to say that I became a very close friend with Japanese Exchange student who truly changed my life.We met in dance class and thanks to social media we were able to stay in contact even after she returned to Japan.Now she is someone I call my best friend.In conclusion, when trying to create a new technology we should ensure that it would work on making many new connections because these networks can be beneficial in business, friendship,relationship and family.


Second, I plan to pursue medical path in my future years of college and I am a big believer that technology can be the cure of many medical dead ends we are facing today. With this new generation, the wave of new technological developments will bring new, unique and creative ideas that will open the door to new discoveries that can be life saving. If we thinking about history of medicine for a moment we can see the exponential growth of people who are saved and cured as the technology got introduced to the field.For example, before defibrillator was developed by William Kouwenhoven we were unable to restore a normal heart beat in cases of life emergency. This shows how technology can be used to create life saving machines without which medicine can not grow.


Finally, looking at the business side of this we can see that new developments like planners, emails, variety of programs allowed for good organization and much faster accomplishments of tasks that would otherwise take too much of time.Entrepreneurship is a new profession in business that is growing in today’s world and is completely relying on technology. It includes things such as promoting brands and products using social media as the platform to using programs to run their transactions.It allows for people from all over the globe to participate and connect which is as I previously mentioned is the most beneficial role of technology.


I do not want to be one sided and therefore I do have to agree that there are setbacks to growing of technology such as declining of human interaction, however we all have to see all the benefits it brought with it as well.I believe that not even in our wildest dreams would we be able to do all the things we are doing daily if technology wasn’t growing and developing with such a speed.

 

Enhancing Technology to Ensure Our Future

By Maesy Ramirez Macias

As a society, it is in our human nature to want to better ourselves, that much is obvious when you look at our history and see how much humanity has matured and developed since our primitive days. One of the notable, key factors that has ensured the development of people, is the advancements of technology that have been made throughout the years. Life as we know it today would not be the same if we did not have the amount of technology that we rely on. People now have all the knowledge and help they could ask for at their fingertips. Overall, the enhancement of technology has helped our society grow in ways we did not think possible. However, there have also been some hampering to our society due to all these advancements, such as an increase in laziness or people relying too much on technology that they do not think for themselves anymore. How can humanity guarantee that the progress we make daily is a moral one? And what are the steps that we can take to ensure that these technological advancements benefit and help society grow? A step that can help us grow in the right direction is making sure our creators and developers go into the field of creating technology with the correct knowledge about what they are doing. One way that can happen is for those scientists to get the correct education, so they fully understand what they are doing and to truly make sure they are improving the technology they are working on. Getting an education and having the proper background is vital and crucial in almost every field, and development is no different. They could also go back to the basic level of the technology that they are working on and see if there is any way that they could improve that technology from the rudimentary level. With something in its most basic form, there is always room for improvement that could be beneficial. Scientists can also think about the problems with the perspective of a person in society, not a scientist, and ask themselves “what is a problem that needs to be solved or made better for other people, myself included?” With that mentality, they can work on solving the problem while also making sure that they will complete their goal of making sure that their developments truly benefit society. By attacking these problems with the mindset of a normal person in society, they can think of ways that will have a positive effect on the world and how it impacts their daily lives because they are doing it for people like themselves. Of course, there is more to advancing technology than just thinking about it like an average individual, but each person can consider what they could do to make sure that our society a better place with developing technology. It could be as simple as preparing yourself correct and thinking of different ways to solve your own problems.

 

Technology in a New Light

By Julia Banach

As many people know, technology is growing at an incredibly high pace. Many professions and schools have implemented technology into their foundations. So, technology has already begun to benefit many different people.In addition to that, technology can be used in more monumental ways. Researchers and scientists have started utilizing technology to help with engineering, the building of planes and buildings, technology is even being used in the medical field. With our advancements in technology, people are starting to see just how much it will be able to help the world. In order to ensure that the technology we developed benefits society, we must make sure that the right people have it available to them. A big advancement that has come out is the finalization of 3D printers. These contraptions can assist with many different things, from building intricate and complex parts that would help form a bridge, to creating an artificial organ that can be used to save a person’s life. From that, we can see that alongside with the upcomings of new technology, it must be put into the hands of the right people. These people are professors or researchers who have the creativity to allow this new technology to help the world in ways that have never been thought of before. I believe that the younger generation should be more exposed to technology. I feel that young kids should learn how to operate different technological devices so that when they get older, they could take our technology even further. With how much technology has become a part of everyday life, it is crucial that everybody has a basic understanding of how different things work. Many people have access to a lot of different technology, however they have no idea of the magnificent amount of things they can do with the technology they have. If more people were knowledgeable about what they had sitting right in their homes, I feel as though people would be more willing to utilize it. Anybody in the world could have one crazy idea to put it to the test and find out that it just might work. Anybody could invent something new if they have the determination and resources that it takes. Technology can be used to improve school work. Laptops and computers can and are being used in classrooms to help with research and writing papers. Technology can also be used with homework and can be an amazing study tool. Kids can look questions up and find videos, diagrams, and graphs to help explain the answers. Technology can also be used in more professional careers. If a person has a presentation at a meeting, they can use an abundant amount of resources on iPads, tablets, or laptops to help them in displaying different information. Technology is being used to help the world become a better and more secure place for everyone.

 

How technology impacts certain parts of society

By  Alexa Giron

 Technology today has impacted the whole human race and is continuously expanding. It has helped and improved our ways of living. It’s played a big role in today’s medical field, our education, entertainment and the way of our everyday lives. Technology is a wonderful thing however it does not benefit everyone in our society. Especially in the minority group. It’s not talked about a lot and it should be. Not everyone has the resources to access technology and in order to make technology beneficial we need to make it accessible for everyone. That’s a big step forward to ensure that the technology we develop and create benefits not just certain parts of society but all. We create so many products of technology and not everyone has accessibility to it. Why would we want to create more of it if not everyone is using it? A big part is the education system specifically in schools that are low income and have a majority of minority students. We need to develop certain programs to generate resources and the closest resource they have is the public library however not every library has up to date technology. Some rely on the library to complete assignments but it can be hard to access a computer right away. Due to the library not having enough computers for everyone or simply because they are out of service. Now today in the 21st century everything is online. From textbooks to homework to contacting your teachers. Growing up being part of the minority group and not having access to technology I would constantly be at the public library. Me and my mom would always be there because she depended on the library’s computers, printers and scanners to complete her homework assignments for college. For that I am forever thankful for the library but now I see how much it can impact individuals for school and work. Even after my mother graduated college I would still go to the public library because we never had access to a computer or laptop. Now that I am 18 years old and starting college soon my parents got me my first ever laptop. Technology is a big part of who we are today and how things function currently. But let me ask you this. We are asking for ways to develop technology to benefit our society right? But how is it impacting us negatively? Without proclaiming the negative side of technology we can’t reach the peak of being able to move forward and create something big and innovating. I know we can create a new technological system for many people who need access to computers, printers, WiFi etc. and it would be a complete game changer. Using technology to help others gain technology.

 

Why I’m Fit

By Madelyn Peters

I am Madelyn Peters, and I am a graduating senior at Cactus Shadows High School. I will be attending the University of Arizona next semester, but I am currently undecided in my major. I have a passion for writing, but my gut says I would make a great lawyer. As the new generations come, the desire for books diminishes. That’s why I have decided that being a lawyer would suit me best. I am hard-working and passionate. I put my all into everything that comes my way. I push myself to be the best version of me there is. However, the expenses to become a lawyer are too much for my family. My parents are recently divorced and very young. They spend a lot of the time caring for my younger brother and paying for the three sports he plays. My family is not wealthy, especially not wealthy enough to pay for my college. However, I refuse to let this stop me from achieving my dreams. I have a job as a hostess at a restaurant, but I obviously won’t be making a sufficient amount to pay off schooling. Now it’s going to be even harder due to the damage Covid-19 did on my family. I lost my job for a while which means no saving for college. I am trying my best to open doors to good job opportunities in my future, but the door is quite heavy for me to carry all by myself. That is why I believe I would be a great fit for the Yuja Scholarship. If I receive this scholarship, I can easily promise it will be put to good use. My career comes first above all else. I want to be the best version I can be so I can truly make an impact. I have faith that with a little help, I can do just that. The future is at my fingertips, and I know in my heart I was put on this earth to help fix it. Life has definitely not been easy for me, but I will not let anything stop me from achieving my goals. I am doing all that I can to get a good education and a great career. I work really hard to put forth my best effort at all times, and I hope one day I will be able to show the world that. However, I need a little help to help change the world.  I am not going to write a sob story of my long, hard, and traumatizing past to earn this scholarship because I don’t believe that’s what it’s all about. I do not let my past define me. While the past has not been kind, I firmly believe I deserve this scholarship because I know it will take me one step further to accomplishing my goals. I want to be able to go to college and pursue my career as a lawyer. After all, the world could always use another miracle worker.

 

 

Henrietta Lacks and her Relevance in Technological Safety

By Crystal Gong

 Henrietta Lacks, a woman from the 40s, is someone who has contributed to medical development and research without our many people’s knowledge. She helped create the polio vaccine, tell us how various infections and diseases affect human cells, and build upon the general knowledge base in medical science. Henrietta Lacks was a woman with cervical cancer, and during her treatment at John Hopkins Hospital, her cells were harvested without permission. These cells became the first “immortalized cell line” that can be used indefinitely for conducting research. Despite the contribution to society, Henrietta Lacks’s cells are an ethical issue, violating our safety and rights. How do we create technology where one person is not harmed in order for the whole society to benefit?


In current times, there are security issues over biological information, such as dna for clone and stem cell research. To prevent an incidence similar to Henrietta Lacks, we have to focus on the very first step in technology development, testing, and research. The solution is to make stricter regulations with experimentation through reevaluation institutional review boards(IRB) or ethical review boards(ERB) guidelines. These review boards make sure that no human rights are being violated by rejecting experiment plans and outlines. The only problem is that these boards only evaluate experiments funded through the federal government in the US, therefore not everything is filtered.


In order to create technology that is beneficial to society without it being detrimental to people, the IRB should be expanded to encompass experiments funded through other channels. They should also be re-evaluated through the process and completion of the experiment, as prevention is a better strategy than fixing harmful effects of technology. While this may not be a foolproof method, as mistakes happen, people with malicious intent bypass the radar, and so on, if society as a whole can work on voting to create these safety nets, we can reduce risk and prevent tragedies.


I must mention how marginalized people are often the ones harmed for the sake of “society” and technological development. Other instances in the past, like Henrietta Lacks, occur without positive results, such as the forced sterilization Latin American women in the name of eugenics, the testing of birth control on Puerto Rican women, and the Tuskegee syphilis experiment. These were all unnecessary, harmful experiments that targeted people of color and/or women specifically. As we create new technology, we have to consider from an institutional standpoint, social justice standpoint, and From these precedences in history, I have no doubt similar issues will occur, but what I hope to see is society to develop to deal and to adapt, because in the end, for technology to benefit society, we first have to ensure it doesn’t harm us in the first place.

 

Media Literacy

By Gillian Rosier

There is no doubt that we will see technology become more and more prominent in our society and every day lives. Steps are being taken for technology to do simple tasks around the house, to predict health problems, predict weather, protect our homes, drive our cars and so much more! Although these are seemingly great steps, what is going to happen if the internet fails or targeting electric outages becomes a war strategy? What is going to happen when our society can no longer function without technology? I think there are a few steps we can take in order to be prepared for these possible situations. First, teach children how to do things manually. They may not always have to do this but just the knowledge of how to do something without the aid of technology can make a world of difference in an unfortunate situation. Second, invest in your own generator or alternative power source. This is a great idea for many reasons. A generator could be used in the aftermath of a natural disaster, on camping trips, or in the event of a mass power outage. This is a great way to unsure some security in uncertain times or under shaky circumstances. Third, take advantage of the ever-improving cyber security technologies. Luckily, there are many options to choose form. Be proactive, protect your information and have backups.


It has already been established that technology will always be around. This ensures a stable and ever-growing industry. It is estimated that the technology industry will reach $5.2 trillion in 2020. Economies around the world rely heavily on the success and innovation of this industry. Hundreds of millions of jobs rely on this industry and it encourages minds around the world to think outside the box. This industry encourages people of all ages, genders, nationalities, and backgrounds to pursue careers in math and sciences. Generations are being raised to problem solve, trouble shoot, to achieve the impossible, and think the unthinkable. These characteristics will carry over into other areas such as medicine, entertainment, transportation, education, space travel, inventions, global warming, etc. continuing to benefit society.


I think governments should have some sort of restrictions on some aspects of technology. Keeping individual’s private information safe should be our top priority. When I think of taking precautions, the army of robots from the 2009 movie G-Force is the first thing that pops into mind. Close observation of production and intention of technologies should be set in order to ensure the safety for the users. Protocol tests in various settings can be arranged to unsure the safest product possible once it hits the market.


There is a world of possibility at our fingertips. It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of these new technologies. Whether we are in a position to do this directly or to hold other accountable, we can all make a difference in caring for the future of humanity.

 

Using Technology to Create a Better World

By Malachi Daniels

Technology is advancing more and more every day. The possibilities are limitless when it comes to how you can use it to your advantage. It is our job as a community the ensure that everyone is using the technology in a safe and proper manner. First, I believe it starts in schools. It is important to teach the youth of our communities to create a safe and positive atmosphere when online. Schools need to teach them the effects and consequences of using the technology provided to bully or harm someone emotionally. Students will be able to use what they learn for the rest of there lives as technology will continue to advance and evolve the world we see today. Secondly, we need to ensure that men and women are using the technology provided to them in the workplace in a respective manner. By eliminating harassment over the internet in the workplace, we can ensure that employees are doing their jobs to the best of their ability and positively representing the business as well. Businesses do not want people who are going to represent them negatively. The workplace will function much more effectively without the negative distractions in the way. Finally, it comes down to reporting problems in the community. The best way to ensure the safety of our communities is to be open to report a problem to either the police or other responsible organizations. This is something that everyone with access to the internet or social media can help with. By reporting a problem, we can stop cyberbullying, illegal activities, and so much more. People do not understand how much of an impact they can have on the community just by stopping these dark and harmful acts on the internet. When you report someone using the technology provided to them negatively you could be stopping a kid from being cyberbullied and that could very well have saved that child’s life. In a time where suicide is at an all-time high, it is important that we make every person using any form of technology or social media fell safe and welcomed. As you can see, there are several ways to make the technology developed in our communities safe. We can start by teaching all of our students how to use technology in a safe and positive manner. Then, by have employers focus on keeping the workplace safe, we can ensure that working community members are bettering our towns and cities. Finally, it is important for everyone to work together to keep a positive atmosphere online and report problems when we see them. By ensuring that we are using the technology in our own communities safely, we can make this world a better place.

 

 

Learning In The Future

By  Ashland Johnson

 In the future, I believe that students will learn virtually through apps or online. Technology is already prominent in society today, so in the future, technology will only become more efficient, more useful, and more advanced. Today, millions of students around the world use the internet as a source for learning and studying, but thousands still cannot comprehend the material. To combat this, apps and websites will be created in the future to fit every student’s personal learning needs.

In other words, if a student cannot grasp a Math lesson because they are a visual learner, the apps and website will create lessons specifically for a visual learner. Of course, the apps and websites will adjust based upon the student and learning topic.
These apps and websites modifying to a student’s educational needs will allow more students to succeed in school because the app and websites are a student’s personal teacher.   

In the future, students will be able to learn and network with different students around the world. For example, instead of students learning French in a classroom, they would be able to log into a computer and learn French from other teachers and students in France. This virtual learning would have students engaged because they would be learning about the language and culture from someone who currently lives in the country that they are studying.

For subjects such as History, Architecture, and Humanities, students would be able to learn about different structures through an app that produces holograms of people, places, and objects. These holograms would range from the Ancient Times to the present. Since the holograms would be so realistic, students would have the opportunity to travel to different places without having to leave the comfort of their home or school. These holograms will impact students learning in a positive war because instead of reading about places and objects in a textbook, students would be able to go to an exact place and hold artifacts from a certain time period. Students would more likely retain the information better because they are learning through hands-on activities.

The possibilities for the technology are endless in the future, especially technology that would enhance a person’s learning. Using updated apps and websites, students around the world will have technology at their fingertips and be ahead of their time.

 

My Mission

By Noah Weaver

I have grand goals for my life, each one coming together to achieve my main mission — making the world a better place. Through each of my leadership positions, I have strived to create an inclusive environment, one that allows everyone to express their views on a variety of issues. There are a plethora of issues that face our world today, problems that will only be solved if everyone feels confident in sharing their voice. Although many issues pique my intellectual interest, the one that drives me the most is the current standing of health care and its relationship with AI. 

My ultimate goal is to connect my passions in medicine with my great interest in AI, understanding the role that technology will play in the future. Through majoring in Physiology and Medical Sciences, I will develop skills that educate me the importance of technology and treatment methods.  I have multiple ideas in mind to connect these two fields, ideas that will enhance medical care throughout the world. One idea is using AI to efficiently diagnose and reduce error among patients. The plan hinges on the ability of a robot to listen to the symptoms of the patients, and then diagnose the specific illness based on those symptoms. This idea demands the relationship of the physician and robot, as the relationship must be symbiotic if real change will happen. With this relationship, I am confident that we can decrease overall death rates and prevalent diseases like cancer. As a human race, we must not understand what steps must be taken to make sure technology enhances society as a whole.

I believe this boils down to two facets, components that are crucial if technology is to benefit society in the near future: communication and dedication to the end goal. Healthcare workers and technological workers must work together to see plans come to fruition. When ideas are disagreed upon, both sides must be unafraid to bring their unique voice to the table. It is vital that everyone feels comfortable and confident to share their voice on the specific issue. Additionally, individuals must keep their eye on the prize, not shying away from making mistakes. Failures must be looked at as positive things, as these events lead to personal growth on a variety of levels. When life presents me with struggles, I will take each one on without fear of failure and become stronger because of each of them.

I believe I deserve to win this scholarship due to my unequivocal dedication to excellence, always striving to enhance the world as a result. Our differences, not our similarities, are what makes positive change happen on a macro scale. Throughout my collegiate and professional career, I hope to grow as an individual and use my experiences to change the world for the better. Each of these experiences will provide me with unique lessons, each one aiding me in future success. I am beyond ecstatic for the next chapter of my life, as it will present me with building blocks to enhance the lives of many.

 
 

 

“My dream College”

By Aniyah Milton

For many years now my family has pushed me into going the college route.  “Go to college! Go to college!” was their favorite mantra.  Now I know you have heard this a thousand times: boring reasons as to why people want to attend college; but me, I am different, I like to think of my future as money.  The thought of college brings up money. I mean who doesn’t want to further their education to make more money? My success is what gives me the courage to say I can do it. There was a time when I considered the thought of not attending college – my junior year in high school. This year my life took a turn in a very tremendous way: I got pregnant and I was discouraged about having to deal with this and trying to keep my academics.

I started to get discouraged. I thought that the only way out was to give up. After months of thinking, I realized that I  wanted  to become something more in life. I started to reclaim my confidence again. In my reconsidering stage, I started to say that my life was over and that I had no one to turn to in order to make sure I was mentally stable.  I felt that I was all alone.  I felt as though college was overrated that I could attend a trade school or attend community college and get the same education. But I finally realized that it’s so much more greatness that has not been found. Now I know that I want to attend college! I have gotten accepted into 4 colleges already.

I am looking forward to double majoring in Criminal Justice and Nursing. I am interested in these two majors because I want to help people in need of care. Criminal Justice has always been my passion because I want to help others get out of trouble if they find themselves in it. I find it very satisfying to solve crimes and see others win especially our black culture because there are a lot of hate crimes related to racism in our current society. My success is in my hands; I am hungry.  I want to be the first to say I have earned a degree. I will be the very first to attend college in my family. This is my ticket to win!

I am proud that I can say I turned myself around and found what can help me contribute to my success. I am a magnificent student that is capable of doing anything that I put my mind to.  I am coming for you Central Penn: the home of the Tigers . I claim Trinity Washington university to become my new home for the next four years of my life. I have also gotten accepted into Bowie State University, Livingston State University and Prince George’s Community College. Grateful students are happy students; no matter what situation you’re in, there is always something to be thankful for! I am thankful for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship.

 
 
 

 

Cooperation

By  Francheska Quing

Ensuring that the technology we develop benefits our society is a difficult task, but definitely not impossible. The key thing to be successful on this particular task, is “cooperation.”  Not all of us have access on the newest technology, some have no access at all in any kind of modern technology. So to the some of us that are lucky enough to be able to use the convenience of technology, we should always let the big guys hear our voices. It is easier to have our voices be heard today compared to a decade ago or so. We should use that power to ensure that technology not only benefits the greedy people who wants to control everything. We should ensure that it benefits the society as whole. And if we cooperate with each other, rather than posting hateful things to each other online, we, as a society, can do a lot of wonderful things. If we watch each others back, we can help each other in ways we never thought we can.

While ensuring is a rather difficult task to tackle it is not impossible and with the cooperation of many we can ensure that our technology is evolving with in mind of helping the society as a whole rather than just that 1% of our population.

 
 
 

Class of 2020- Quarantine Resilience

By Oonagh Odom

My senior year has taught me a lot about adapting to a new way of life and finding balance in challenging circumstances. As a well-rounded student, I have always been involved in extracurricular activities, and finding balance through perseverance and channeling them into something positive like art have been my keys to a bright future. Something not reflected in my academic and leadership success record is how I have persevered with anxiety after the death of a parent. Dealing with unease forces me to focus harder as I strive to always improve patience and attention to detail. I am most proud of the hard work I put in to get great grades and improve my artistic skills. So it is frustrating when anxiety tries to stop me from my goal of becoming an artist. Ironically, anxiety has helped me grow as an artist and storyteller.

I value education at school or independently, I am an honors student, an artist, and musician. Recently I auditioned for section leader and brass captain and was honored to receive those positions. Just a month ago I was offered a contract with the Phenom Drum and Bugle Corp in the mellophone section continuing my competitive marching band dreams. I realize that there always room to improve, and the knowledge I gained from leadership and performance experiences like those helped me grow. I have anxiety,  yet I refuse to be defined by it or let it stop me from succeeding.

A few weeks ago I was dreaming of all the ways I expected my routine and life to change when I went off to college, how I would grow as a person and student facing new challenges. Daydreams of simple questions like what will my dorm roommate be like to how does campus food taste, to the excitement for new classes and academic expectations.

Then the year took an unprecedented turn with the outbreak of COVID-19.  Navigating senior year for the Class of 2020 has become completely unexpected, devastating many hopes and dreams. My high school canceled the rest of the year’s events, sports, prom, honors testing, even graduation is uncertain at this time. Everything I have worked the past 12 years towards from studying, projects, internships, extracurriculars, and AP class projects, all cumulating in walking across a stage to accept my high school diploma with honors…all uncertain. We had many more adventures planned, all have been postponed due to the need to socially distance to protect everyone which has taken precedence. Our routines and lives have been impossibly uprooted. I realize that my grades and transcripts remain and are the least of my worries while the world fights this pandemic. I am scared for those fighting for their lives, for those treating them, and worried about how our entire world will be adapting in the months and years to come. It is understandable that we all make sure to protect the students and community by keeping them safe and following CDC guidelines, it’s still heartbreaking after we have worked so hard to see it all gone in an instant. It is difficult not to mourn what has been lost in what was supposed to be one of the most significant years of my life.

This is a momentous time in history- it will be talked about for generations. My generation, my fellow classmates are feeling broken-hearted. So much has already changed- from the sudden closures and goodbyes to our friends we did not have a chance for, to realizing the last time we would be together on campus has already happened- that is the new normal for the Class of 2020. It’s ok to feel grief, to mourn that loss. Logically we know that like these hard times, that sadness and grief will not last. Like my classmates, I do what I can to be positive from online learning to personal enrichment, to taking care of myself or even just reaching out to friends via technology to reconnect. We find ways to have peace and serenity. I am encouraged to journal these moments in writing, video, or art because they will be looked back on as we try to make sense of all that has happened. We still have the power to make positive memories. While I navigate the five stages of grief for a year full of unexpected and unwelcome changes I wonder how I have dealt with this will affect my perceptions going into college. I have pivoted from classes on campus to online learning while maintaining my focus and grades- will that make my work ethic even stronger as I pursue higher learning? I have had to persevere through adversity in an ever-changing landscape where the old normal is not guaranteed- will that make me better able to face what changes will come in the next four years at University? How will I overcome this disappointment or obstacles in the future to thrive and shine in the years to come? I realize now that everything can change in a moment, a life can be at risk from a cough or lack of social distancing, a career can be completely altered by a business collapsing from drastic economic change.

Starting my college education in a few short months will be a big step, a transition in life that I have never faced before. This year has taught me that I am resilient. While not every moment or event from my senior year can be rescheduled, no one can cancel what I have already achieved. My dreams will not be on hold forever. I am more confident than ever before after navigating the current pandemic crisis that I have the skills to adjust, determination to persevere, and patience to succeed whatever changes come my way in college and beyond.

 
 
 

My life

By Darrell Branch

Football has been a big part of life. My dad was a blue chip prospect back in the day and his dream got messed up from the neighborhood he was in. He had nobody to look up to and nobody to get him the right direction. This just increase my Drive to the max cause I know his dreams didn’t come through because of his decision he made.So I didn’t start out playing football at all basketball was my dream I thought it was my everything and football wasn’t I mean I still played but never really organized football. My life has been a roller coaster I have some very ups and downs in my life my mom always kept a roof off my head regardless doesn’t matter at all she always found a way to keep food on the table and a roof over my head. I’m from Philadelphia PA my mom had several houses in PA and she would just get scammed over and over and over it was just bad for us it kept happening. Then we kept moving around and around.


Then my second older sister  moved with the oldest one then my mother thought she couldn’t have her house under control. This month’s go on I’m living at my Grandma’s house for now I was barely going to school in the 7th grade I might have missed over 50 days of school. I just hated going there I really did it was the worst every. Then months go and go my mom says she’s moving to Arizona. My grandmother and my nephew came to Arizona with just two bags I had left with my clothes in it that’s all I had was 2 Bags of clothes to move to Arizona with. Then we get to Arizona he have to stay with my Aunt for a little till we found our place then we do then my mom comes down my older brother my sisters my dad everyone does we all down there then we lose the house we are all homeless again my older brother got Incarcerated

Then my sister move back to philly both of them and my grandma. We were homeless for about 6 months living from hotel to hotel going to school cooking meals in a hotel with 6 people in two bedrooms with a pull out couch. Then we get it together then my mom been looking everyday to found a place she does we move back to Apache Junction we found a 3 bedroom apartment we been there till this day. But the moral of my story is that I don’t give up my family we are warriors we are fighters this drives me to the max I grind everyday for my family frfr I will grind for them always doesn’t matter when I get on that field I know what I gotta do my mind is on lock I get the job done regardless. I might have to walk on to a D1 college to prove myself and show them what I’m about cause I will for real I know that I got to make my family proud they look at me like they ticket I take that roll for real cause I know that been through a lot I got then to.

 
 

Detroit: Become Reality?

By Natalie Tachikabe

This prompt reminds me a lot of a video game called Detroit: Become Human. The premise of the game is that society has developed androids that are meant to be as similar to real human beings as possible, while still being under our control so that we can make them do anything we want. They are integrated into society as housekeepers, police detectives, and other common employment positions. However, these robots that were once made to simply serve us become self-aware and rebel against their human owners, eventually leading to a full-scale revolution. While this may not be the most realistic scenario, it poses a daunting question; as technology continues to grow more advanced, how can we ensure that its benefits outweigh its setbacks?

Technology, from its very beginnings, has been made for the benefit of its creators and the general public. However, Detroit: Become Human demonstrates, albeit a highly unlikely scenario, in which society has improved technology so much to the point that it is no longer beneficial to us and instead poses a threat. This idea can also be seen today, for example, in the overuse of social media. Social media was created to keep us connected even when we are apart, but it has become a platform where many of us spend hours upon hours looking at people who seem to lead much better lives than us. This constant exposure to such unrealistic lifestyles leads us to look down on our own lives, and make us feel as if we are not successful enough. As such, something like social media, which was made to improve our lives, has had the opposite effect and has caused us to feel as if our lifestyles are not enough in comparison to others.

But how can we stop this when technology has already become so integrated into our society? The answer is not to stop using our phones and retreat into some nature resort, rather it is to remember what the true purpose of our current, and future technology is. Nearly all technological advances are made with the greater good in mind. Improving cures for previously fatal diseases, new cars that can better protect its passengers in the case of an accident, more efficient laptops that increase productivity are all examples of how we are constantly trying to improve our technology to benefit others besides ourselves. The answer to this prompt is simple; technology should always be improved upon under the idea that it will be for the greater good. While this may be a hard principle to enforce, doing so would allow us to ensure that as society advances, our technology parallels our growth and continues to benefit both the individual and the community.

 

Steps To Success With Technology In Society

By Terry Si

In this day and era technology has taken over the world. No more kids outside on bikes , playing tag, meeting up with friends on bikes at a chosen location. Adults rather order off a screen then to socialize with workers, Were more focused on our cellular devices then life itself around us. I want to bring this new generation of kids and adults back to the way it was in the early 2000’s where technology did not have this tight of a grip on us. The steps we can take to ensure that technology we develop benefits the society is to think and be creative with ideas and to also consider what the people really need to make there daily lives are easier. We can gather data recorded from past years to see where the problem with technology is then we can have the people suggest ideas in a poll form but with certain rules regarding ideas that would benefit themselves and not society, Then we would take those votes from the poll and tally them up which would then help us “the inventors” a lot because then by taking the data from the poll we can then create something that the creators know would satisfy society because it is what they voted for and they had a voice in the invention, therefore society opinions matter because without the approval from society within, Then there would be no success due to others already judging the idea or they just don’t like it. This is why I suggested a poll form for technology ideas from the people because without them , success would be impossible.

 

Typical day in life in 2025

By Neha Pal

My day in 2025 starts with the automatic alarm that calculates my required sleep time and wakes me up. The environment has been deteriorated, so my alarm generates the natural sounds of birds and nature. Due to the scarcity of fresh water, there are automated machines to brush your teeth and take bath so that the limit of water consumption can be maintained. I can only consume a certain amount of water so; the food is prepared accordingly which includes vegetables to provide me with water content.

The sustainable usage of resources, which we should have started practising earlier when we had the option, is now enforced upon all the living creatures on the earth. Fifty percent of all the research taking place is dedicated to finding ways to increase the life span of human survival on the planet.

The uses of normal cell phones are long gone. Now we have a Virtual Reality phone display that we control from our wristwatches. Through this, we can cut down the usage of precious metals and the labour it takes to mine them. Also, there is a negligible amount of pollution due to toxic mine spills which makes the ecosystem stay in balance while saving wildlife and marine life. Furthermore, it has become easier than ever to communicate with your family and friends because through augmented reality it seems like we are sitting together.

Since the climate has changed so drastically, scientists have developed clothes which can keep you cold and warm according to the weather. We don’t need to layer ourselves in the winter which has resulted in less wastage of energy on clothes production.

We have also successfully stopped the usage of plastic by 100% and have found out its substitutes which are equally cost-effective and easy to use.

My idea of ‘changing lives through public engagement’ resonates with the Open Hand Monument designed by the French Architect Le Corbusier in my hometown Chandigarh. It symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take, peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind”. This city has shaped me as a person and has given me beautiful memories and important values to hold on to, just like the hand symbolizes. This city has enabled me to become an active volunteer of the National Service Scheme and take part in campaigns for women and girl empowerment. I have also founded the unique idea of a website called “iDAAN” –I Donate And Alleviate the Needy (https://iDAAN.in). It is aimed at providing a web-based interface platform to donors and volunteers.

By 2025, I would have passed out Purdue’s notable mechanical engineering program and would be capable to make start-ups and make scientific breakthroughs.

I am sure in the next 5 years; artificial intelligence would have matured due to continuous neural network-based learning and would have become a highly intelligent expert system with virtual reality for meeting the challenges of the world.

 
 
 

London After Dark

By Aubree Slade

The cool, wet air of London brushed through her hair as her feet padded across the cobblestone streets of London. The rain had just cleared, exposing the vast sky above. The moon shone through the passing clouds as Rosie wandered through the over pass. London was a magical city full of life and diversity. Not a day passed when Rosie didn’t hear a mired of languages uttered in passing. The excitement of this city surpassed that of any thing she had conjured in her dreams. She glanced to the left and saw buildings full of color and wonder, and full of stories. Stories of those who once called this city their home, stories of people lost in the crowds of the hustle and bustle, stories of children’s laughter and love of their childhood. As Rosie neared the end of the road, she paused at the bright red door, whose paint had begun to cracker, showing the weathered wood underneath. As she watched the weathered door, all her memories began to flood her mind, and it was as if she was five years old again, waiting at that bright red door in her school uniform. She felt such longing to be that little girl with the red door, how much she would give to feel her mother’s soft hand in hers as she guided her across the busy London streets. What she would give to taste the cold rain on her tongue as she danced in the rain, without a care in the world. Rosie felt her heart sigh as she cherished these fond London memories, with no other purpose but to remember, remember that life she once knew. She slowly turned to walk away from that bright red door for the last time, when she heard the familiar creak, accompanied by that familiar voice although now weathered as had the door been. Rosie turned and without even thinking, she ran to her mother, who with open arms embraced her. The familiar peace and warmth washed over Rosie as tears streamed down her hot face. This was home, this was where love and laughter never seemed to cease. This is the place she belonged. How she had longed to feel those soft, yet strong arms engulf her in pure love and sincere longing again. She felt her mom’s soft and delicate hand gently wipe the tears from her cheeks, as she had many years ago, and in a familiar manor say, “I’ve been waiting for you to come.” Her sweet, soothing voice caused an immediate rush of relief and joy as she walked through that big, red door. She was home, and she knew she was safe, she knew she was where she belonged. Behind that red door, down that crooked cobblestone street, in that rainy, magical city of London. She took a deep breath and filled her lungs with the cold, refreshing London air and closed the red door behind her.

 
 
 
 
 

The Regulation and Acceptance of Technology

By Philip Truong

        Technology has always been a hallmark of humanity. Tools used to help advance our goals and to sate our needs. As society advances, so does technology, but that technology could start to counter the interests of the average person in that society. The english proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention” is not for naught, however the needs of one could contradict the needs of many. For these reasons, the most essential steps to prevent harmful technology will become the acceptance of progress, then in turn the regulation of that progress.

        Accepting that technology will inevitably progress is an important step as preventing it will only damage our society. The problems in our current world are very obvious and advancements in technology will open up more solutions to these problems. For example, more efficient renewable energy in order to cease the irreversible harm fossil fuels are causing to the planet. Technology opens up doors that we’ve never had before and it would be detrimental to our needs if that process is ever disrupted. A problem arises when we act incorrectly in reaction to new technology.

        This phenomenon could be witnessed in the ever looming threat of automation. Inherently automation should benefit humanity as a whole, automatically doing specific jobs and opening up more labor towards other places of development. However, that is not what is happening in the current situation. Automation is displacing an incredible amount of jobs, jobs that will never be recovered back. To further that problem is the fact that these jobs are usually done by uneducated and low-income people, which harms the chances of them being able to find another job without having some sort of skill. This new technology is only benefiting the leaders of the companies as they are able to significantly cut the costs in labor without damaging their efficiency. As a democracy, the people have voices in government, so instead of acting towards technology, we need to start actions to prevent this inequality.

        Hence the call for government action towards these problems. There are solutions where everyone can benefit instead of just the higher-ups of these businesses. For example, a method that has become more popular thanks to a former democratic candidate, Andrew Yang, is to develop a universal basic income to provide for the people being displaced by automation. We need to recognize why some technology is hurting society and work to solve those problems. Enacting solutions similar to a universal basic income will help solve this imbalance of benefits. This way we accept advancing innovations and everyone benefits as well.

        Our problem with technology doesn’t stem from the technology itself, but from the fact that the average person isn’t benefiting from it anymore. First we have to accept that stopping the advancing process is damaging, then we need to recognize the inequality leading to technology harming society, and lastly enact methods to prevent an imbalance in benefits from technology. Ensuring we as a whole can benefit from the technology advancing our society.

 
 
 
 
 

The Unraveling of technocratic Humanity

By Natalie Nunn

     As our society continues to develop and our knowledge continues to grow, I believe that it is important that technology remains a relatively minor part of our lives. I know this might seem controversial, but I would like to begin this argument on the premise that humans can provide so much more wisdom than technology can. Sure, technology can help us care for the sick, build feats of architecture, or just make every day chores easier. But I think that a heavy reliance on technology in the future could be what potentially lead to a future where humans do not think, or feel, or react as we do now. I believe that no matter how far we develop technology, it is important that we never perfect it. I understand that this point of view is very controversial but I have 2 main reasons for this argument. Firstly, nothing can ever be absolutely perfect…it is impossible. Secondly, if society perfects technology, then what would be the purpose for humans? Technology could arrive at a point where humans need to do absolutely nothing. All we would do is sit on the couch and be fed, bathed, transported and medicated by pieces of technology. Understanding that technology is not what defines a society is crucial to comprehending that machines do not think like us, nor make decisions or feel emotions like we do.

    As technology develops, I think that it is important that society does not lose its humanity. Perhaps limit the usage of technology, or again, do not perfect it. Society would benefit from a future lack of technology because it is a fact that there will always be conflict in this world. Wars will still be fought, people will still starve and families will still be together on the holidays Technology can help with preventing things such as war or famine; but concerning face to face interaction and thought processes, technology should not be included. Society needs to always have a driving force of emotions, compassion and bravery to keep our species alive. Technology could compromise our humanity. And that is something that as a collective society we can not allow to happen.

    I would again like to reiterate that I am not against the advancement of technology. It is very evident that without it, it will be very difficult for people to move forward without it. As the Earth changes around us, technology will be our saving grace when resources become scarce. I just wish to emphasize that humans should not become  too dependent on technology. We could lose sight of ourselves and not hold ourselves accountable to mistakes we have made and just blame it on technology. Technology should be slightly limited in the future and perhaps only be restricted to desperate situations, so people can realize the strength within themselves and the wonderful consequences of being human.

 
 
 
 

The Better Technology

By Andrea Markovich

I believe technology should be used to educate people, bring people together, and help people communicate. In reality our world is not filled with perfect people but, we should still be able to make sure technology is being used for the better. Steps to keep technology in line should be fairly basic. I feel we should have a stronger system to decide which technology would be good for us and which would cause more harm than good. Technology can mean so many things from medical technology to social media so we should have different branches of this system. Along with a system we should have people give input on these ideas. There may be extremes but, they will be able to cancel each other out. The input from the public is always nice because these are the people living in the moment dealing with technology of all sorts all the time. An average person is able to not consider the money factors that a typical company would be considering. Their opinion is less bias in the long run. When it comes to being curious about something you pull up Google, when you need to plan a party you can pull up Facebook, you can text, you can set up appointments. I see all these things as being great for an everyday life. This is what the average population uses technology for. Our government and big businesses use technology for good things as well like advertisements, health of the population, safety of the population. They also use technology for destruction of others. They have made weapons big enough to destroy the planet with our technology. I feel most of our country would disagree with the weapons that have been made. These weapons do not benefit society and there are plenty other things technology has brought us that does not help our society.

 
 
 
 
 

Winter 2019 Scholarship Winner – Anissah Surita


Tell us about yourself:

I am Anissah Surita and I graduated from St. Francis High School in 2018. I just finished my first year of college at Folsom Lake College and I plan to transfer to Sacramento State after my second year. I will transfer with an Associate’s degree in business. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer with my parents and younger brother.

 

What has been your best experience in school?

My best experiences in school so far would have to be from high school when I played for the soccer team for all four years. I gained so much experience and grew as an athlete and a person. I became closer to so many of my classmates and it was a true bonding experience.

 

What influenced your choice in major?

I really like within the business major how many options of careers there are after graduation. I am thinking of either choosing the marketing or accounting concentration. I will learn more as I continue to take classes about which concentration I want to focus on at Sacramento State.

 

How do you envision yourself in 5 years?

I envision myself with a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Sacramento State. After I earn this I plan to work towards my Master ́s degree. With this time frame, I hope in five years that I will be working towards earning this. I hope within this time I can also gain some experience through internships that are offered to students in this field of study.

 

What do you hope to learn from your school experience?

I hope to grow as a student and person through my courses and peers. I have already enjoyed a year’s worth of classes and the experience they have given me. I look forward to my next year at Folsom and earning my Associates’s degree. I also look forward to transferring to Sacramento State where it will be a completely different experience I assume.

 

What extracurricular activities do you enjoy?

Since I was a young girl I have been involved with sports. As I got older I decided to focus on soccer and play on a competitive team. I enjoy playing soccer still with my twelve-year-old brother, my family, and friends. I also enjoy practicing softball. I played softball for about seven years when I was younger and I played for St. Francis in my junior year.

 

 

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From Medicine to Cars; Code

By Willa Campeau

The most influential piece of technology in today’s fast pasted society would be code. Coding is not only a technology but a mathematical language that happens to be the format of most of today’s app and online world. From Html to Javascript; it also happens to be part of a problem within the United States. The problem being occupational fields such as the medical field using outdated forms of code to where if one knows how to hack into the programming, they can easily corrupt files upon files of information. This information most likely being a patient’s vitals and their form of treatment which could then possibly lead to a lawsuit that could’ve been easily prevented if they’d taken the time to update their software. Coding also happens to be used in cars now-a-days. A few of these computerized components being the windows rolling up and down, the locking mechanism and even regulating the temperature. Thus the vehicles that 76% of Americans use on daily based can also be hacked. An episode of Criminal Minds was dedicated to the topic; and all the average civilian has to do is buy a device off of Amazon that allow them to override the mentioned locking mechanism. A simple click of a button a second right after you lock your vehicle, advancing faster than when the main way of stealing a car was hot-wiring it.

Now while code has allowed for problems to occur like those mentioned above, it has also allowed for our society to advance far than those in the past millennium could ever imagine. One of the many being in the field of medicine, those with diabetes can now make insulin pumps that regulate themselves. The way it does this is by sensors placed on the skin that measure the glucose. This has helped diminish the amount of patients going into a hyperglycemia coma. Hyperglycemia comas are what occurs mostly in patients with type 1 diabetes when their glucose levels get too high but it can also occur in those with type 2 as well. Coding has also helped society in more everyday use as well. A few of those being online shopping, transportations services such as Uber and Lyft along with helping people get into shape. One of those apps that helps people get into shape is Pokémon GO, which also has connected a ton of people on the basis of collecting creatures in Pokéballs and leveling up—a means of storytelling. Concluding all of this; code has its downfalls and it upsides and it’s the pros that outweigh the cons thus giving rise to products that some individuals wouldn’t dare to live without. One of them, I haven’t mention till now; the smartphone. So let’s see what the world has offer when it has the influence of coding within our society.

 

A Picture of Time

By Izabella Caruso

The lightbulb made everything visible, no one was to be left in the dark. My grandmother’s young hands pressed the camera’s button, capturing the smiles of pure triumph. Waiting to be developed, her fingers shook the imperfections into existence as the reality of flaws were accepted by all. Patience was compulsory and never questioned. Smiles were genuine, never staged.

The hands of my grandmother began to tell a story, much like the journey she took her camera on. Disposable and inexpensive, times were designated to process the memories but reduced to an effortless escapade. Being handed the pictures from across the drugstore counter, society began to be handed their livelihoods as well.

The hands of my grandmother are now weathered. She holds a posed picture instantly, contrary to the joy that once sprung from her fingers. How ironic it is that the selfie she took is more representative of the person next to her than of herself. Patience is nonexistent, the world can never be satisfied. An image must be taken a billion times because one will never be enough, and even that one will never be perfect. A lens is placed on the images taken today, altering the existence of pure triumph. How disastrous it is to live in a world where the camera my grandmother holds in her hands is more disposable than the disposable camera itself. If dropped, the memories will shatter. If disliked, they may be deleted. History has the potential to be lost, flashing before the future’s eyes before they even have the opportunity to appreciate the raw delight once encompassed in an image.

 

Information Technology Discussion Essay

By Destney Johnson

There is no doubt that social interaction plays a big role in every human’s life. It doesn’t matter whether they are more social online or in person how social you are or how social you aren’t plays a big role in how your personality develops and how you react to different things. In fact, people can actually be considered to be a part of social networks even when they are not online. Back then, people had roles in the social network in their society. However, things have definitely changed now and social media has a strong control on how information is developed, how people think, feel, speak and how they act.

This unit in my Composition Rhetoric Class we are learning about argumentative writing. We have been challenged to write an argumentative paper on our point of view of social media and the positive and negative effects of social networking on society. I have done some research and in the result of it, I have found out that in my point of view I feel that the old school social media has definitely been taken over as a result of the social media networks that are out now. In my first source, “Who Do You Think You Are?” I found a statement that supports my claim that the social media networks now have caused people to become more cowardly and less social ironically, “Our results reveal that, although both identities have similar effects on usage behavior, users with higher social identities are more oriented toward variety seeking, while those with stronger relational identities are more oriented toward reinforcement”.

Back then when everything was not based off of how many likes you have or how many people follow you, it was easier to be yourself and for people to get to know the real you. How can someone get to know you and become a real friend if all you do is sit behind a computer screens? As Dylan says in the back to the lake source, “Our results reveal that, although both identities have similar effects on usage behavior, users with higher social identities are more oriented toward variety seeking, while those with stronger relational identities are more oriented toward reinforcement”. These are the types of questions that you asked when you only know someone in the new social media and not meet someone in person like the old school social media.

After all, would you rather have friendly smiles and healthy relationships like back then in the old school, or would you rather an unhealthy selfish online social life? Many people would definitely pick the healthy lifestyle over the unhealthy one. In my second source, “Old school” meets “new school” the journal focuses on “Using books and tablets to improve information literacy and promote integrative learning among business students”. When I read about this I felt like this could be a very good way to improve the technology and social media sites nowadays. I do feel social media plays a huge role in how people behave and how people think as well.

 

The iPhone ́s effect on our society

By Anissah Surita

I believe the most influential piece of technology today is the smartphone and particularly the iPhone.I believe that Apple has become the most influential technology brand involving iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and other items. A reason that I believe iPhone has the popularity is because in our society there has been a line drawn between iPhone and Samsung or any other brand of smartphone. People believe there is a better quality in speed, camera, apps, and other features of the iPhone.The reason why this is the biggest influential in today’s society is because it affects everyone including who do have an iPhone and those who do not. The iPhone allows users to call,text,surf the web, use apps, facetime (video chat), and other tools. One of the biggest problems in society has been produced from all of the uses that are available on this phone. In groups of people that are friends or family you would imagine interaction between them. In today’s society almost everyone in a room is noticed to be on an iPhone or other brand of smartphone. I have experienced situations where I am with friends and everyone is just sitting on their phone. I think to myself wondering what the point of being with each other is when everyone is sitting on their phone scrolling. One way I tried to solve this is I have told the people I was with to place their phones in a pile so that we could interact with each other.This is one way in which smartphones including the iPhone have affected our society while one more being the use of apps of social media. With so many people using iPhones it comes with the ability to use social media in an easier way that on the web. Social media influences our society in positive and negative ways. A beneficial way I have experienced is that it is an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family that are near and far. Of course you could call, but sometimes that is not always quick or they may not be available when you are. Social media is a quick casual way to see pictures and posts of how others are doing. One negative that has affected many people emphasizing young and older teens which is cyber bullying. With apps being at an easy access through iPhones and various smartphones people find it easy to say attacking words about or to people through their accounts on social media or even through text. Of course there was bullying before the smartphone, but this has given bullies an easy way to say what they want to people without having to face them. Social media does have the option to report, but unfortunately some people will continue the bullying. Through social media,the way people are interacting with each other, and the dominance Apple has over other products I believe that the iPhone is the most influential piece of technology.

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Fall 2018 Scholarship Winner – Darian Williams


Tell us about yourself:

I’m from Utah, USA, and earned a degree in Anthropology from Southern Utah University. I’m currently a graduate student of Global Environmental Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. I’m focusing my MA thesis on sustainability marketing, and currently have content marketing internships with American startup Alda Lifestyle and international organization Plastic-Free Tuesday. I also work part-time as an English teacher.

 

What has been your best experience in school?

During my second semester, I was able to go on a research trip to a small town called Karuizawa. While I didn’t directly learn anything about marketing, I gained hands-on experience with forest management. I also learned many traditional Japanese conservation methods that are unfortunately beginning to die out. On top of that, I was able to bond with my classmates and professors over good Japanese sake!

 

What influenced your choice in major?

During my undergraduate, I learned of primate endangerment in a biological anthropology course and decided to focus my senior thesis on the various dimensions of this problem. My findings from this thesis made me understand that conserving natural resources can’t be done from a one-dimensional perspective. As I approached grad school, I knew that I wanted to make sustainable living more doable for a greater number of people. Because of this, I decided to focus my MA thesis on how to increase sustainable consumption with marketing methods.

How do you envision yourself in 5 years?

I’d like to continue globe-hopping while working remotely as a sustainability marketer. Since I originally come from the countryside, which is quite homogeneous, I’m happy to experience different cultures. I also see this as an important educational and career skill in an increasingly globalized world. I’d like to be working on a diverse range of environmental problems and hope to see improvements in climate change, waste management, and biodiversity loss.

 

What do you hope to learn from your school experience?

I would like to gain a deeper understanding of human behavior because I see this as paramount to creating a sustainable future. This is something that was part of my undergraduate education, so it’s an extension of what I already know. Something that I missed during my undergrad, though, was any type of marketing or business knowledge. Although human behavior is important for sustainability, so are economic processes. I intend on melding these two elements in my final thesis as well as my career. What extracurricular activities do you enjoy? Most of the time that I don’t spend on my thesis is put towards two internships. One focuses on the general growth of a sustainable startup, in which I do everything from blogging to email marketing to Twitter growth. The other is more specific and focused because it’s for an organization that aims to decrease plastic waste with doable, everyday changes. I am currently working on revamping the organization’s Pinterest account in order to grow awareness about its mission.

 

 

 

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Fall 2018 Scholarship Submissions


The Golden Bridge Between Business and Engineering

by Demetrius Daniels

Business and Engineering go hand-and-hand when it comes to pushing the boundaries of innovation in a successful way. Throughout history these two majors have individually been essential for any industry that has moved our society forward. It has been proven time and time again around the world whether it was an industry focused on cars, communication, or even oil. For us to continue to move in the right direction towards making peoples’ lives better we need more ambitious students majoring in business and engineering.
Without business too many discoveries would be sitting on the shelf collecting dust. The best inventions in the world only became the best because someone knew how to turn it into a marketable, profitable, and sustaining business. When enough of those are created we have an industry that fuels economic activity. Business majors bring a sense of organization and beliefs on pushing passed the limit. That’s why most of the founders of companies aren’t the engineers. They focus on getting the best engineers together to create something the world has never utilized before.
Innovation is the key and so is engineering. Most companies have embraced the title of engineer even when it doesn’t come from a specified engineering program that students can major in such as: service engineer, marketing engineer, and sales engineer. That’s because they know that the true meaning is the action of working artfully to bring something about. And they want that something to change the world. With an open mind and great leadership engineering graduates can become the great inventors of a new age. Which can become the main reason for making or breaking an industry.
These are reasons why I believe business and engineering are very important. That’s also why I focused on business for my associates and now I’m moving on to engineering for my undergrad. I plan to make it my life’s mission to have an impact on the industry I am pursuing. Hopefully with enough progress and support that will indirectly make a positive change on the world.

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Courage

by Ralph Dayacap

Growing up, I had a single mother who gave her all to provide me with the best that life could offer. However, I also learned that money was a big issue. My mom used to have two jobs, but could not do it since she never had enough time to spend with me.When school came around, she would ask for help just to give me the education I needed. My mother emphasized that a proper education is the key to being successful in the future, so she applied to many part time jobs and even gave a helping hand at the grade school I went to just to help with tuition costs. Having witnessed it first hand as a kid, I did not know what to do, so I would comfort my mom by telling her that one day, I would give her the house that she wanted, the luxury purse that she could not buy, and most importantly, her dream to travel the world. Even though it was not much, it gave her the strength and hope, especially since we only had each other. My mom and I made sure that financial problems would not bring us down, so my way of giving back to her is to work hard in school and give it my all. Later on, we received a huge blessing when my mom fell in love with someone I now call “Dad.” He brought us here in the United States shortly after. This was a huge chapter in my life since I felt like we were starting brand new. With all of the difficulties we had experienced, I made sure to make the most out of what God brought my way. Overcoming several challenges has built me to the person I am today. As my life continues I try to cherish every moment and try not to take things for granted, especially the way I perceive life and my goals. The experience of financial hardship made me more motivated to work harder, and not just to fulfill my dream to be successful but the dream of my wonderful mother.

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Technology Is Everywhere

by Dawson Droege

Should the rise of technology coupled with the readiness of internet availability result in a shift toward working from home becoming the new norm?
Technology is everywhere as it exists from telephones, computers, cars, and even washing machines and makes people ‘s lives easier. One can just speak out loud at home and get most of what one needs done or looked up on the internet without moving and within seconds. Everywhere one goes is connected to either advances in technology or the availability of accessing the internet. The internet is available even in most restaurants. With advancements in technology, fast food places and supermarkets are replacing actual human employees with just computers that one can use themselves to order food or to check out their supplies. This is making lives easier. Technology and the internet are making the world so anything that needs to be completed can be done while laying in one’s bed in one’s pajamas’s. The readiness of the technology is leaning toward making the world work at home. People should have a reason to get up and get dressed in the mornings. If one stays at home, one could not work on work related issues and put them off until later. Working from home might make it easier to complete daily home related tasks faster, but one would get tired of being at home constantly. Also, if there are young children in the family, one would have to get a nanny to be at home with the children, which could still be a distraction from work. The alternative would be to take the children somewhere. Then, one would still be leaving the home just to return for work. One my also believe, “I can do that later,” which in turn means staying up later or stressing because now one has a time limit. The stress and lack of sleep would eventually cause health issues. If one works at home, one could always feel that work comes first, which could effect the family. Just because of the use of information technology and the readiness of the internet, one should not want working from home to become the norm. One needs a break from work and from home life.

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Technology, Sustainability, and the Future of Work

by Darian Williams

An increase in remote work positions can be attributed to the increase in information technology and human readiness to embrace the internet. However, it can’t truly be said that working from home is a norm at this point. The debate about whether or not working from home should replace working on location is ongoing, and I would argue that it should become normalized. One of the main reasons is because of sustainability purposes.
In the 2010s, sustainability has come to the forefront of public discourse. Our work conditions are not exempt from this discourse, and remote working has many sustainability benefits. Sustainability simply means investing in a long-term future, and it has three components: Environmental, Economic, and Social. Remote positions can provide benefits for all three of these. For example, environmental sustainability could be improved due to fewer emissions from decreased commutes. Fewer commutes would, in turn, require less economic resources to be put towards car maintenance. This would be because of greater localization. We would be spending more time in our immediate areas rather than driving to surrounding areas, requiring less money for things such as gasoline and vehicle upkeep.
Perhaps most importantly, decreased commutes would have a significant impact on social sustainability. This is because the stress that is associated with commutes would be reduced. Additionally, remote working would provide an opportunity to plan one’s own schedule, making it more viable to balance priorities. Rather than working for a set block of time (leaving very little time for anything else in a day) workers could instead schedule their work in sections throughout the day, with other important tasks being laced in as well. This could increase overall life satisfaction due to a greater number of lifestyle components being fulfilled.
While this may seem disconnected from information technology and internet availability, these are actually both related to sustainability. The combination of information technology and internet availability has already increased awareness of sustainability and continues to do so. It has also increased our knowledge of how and why we can and should make a difference as individuals. Such progress couldn’t be made without IT and, subsequently, internet access and popularity. In addition, these two facets have made it possible for a greater number of people to work remotely. They simplify the process of working from home, and the sustainability benefits mean that normalizing working from home shouldn’t be ignored.

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Winter Scholarship Essays


Essay Topic: Explain how technology has helped you throughout your academic career. Do you think technology has made learning easier?


What Technology Allowed Me to Achieve

by Anita Hu

There were many nights where I found myself slaving over contents of homework that I had no idea how to complete, and the notes that I had taken in class didn’t provide a clue of what I was supposed to do. It was times like these when I greatly appreciated the access I had to technology. A few words typed into Google would lead to millions of answers (some wrong) and numerous solutions.

Websites such as Khan Academy supplied multiple resources like video solutions, notes, and practice problems. This was extremely helpful because the topics were explained thoroughly, so it was difficult to get lost. If I had a math problem, not only would they tell me the answer, they would also give me a lesson on the solution. Another go-to for me were videos on YouTube that were uploaded by Crash Course. In addition to clear and concise explanations, they had engaging and interesting cartoons and diagrams for each video.

Technology wasn’t only beneficial for completing homework though. Being allowed only a specific number of courses limited my interests and the ability to learn new concepts. The solution? To take online courses. It was favourable to many students as online courses were extremely flexible. You could do it in bed, while you were eating lunch, all at once, and even during the holidays. For people with good time management skills, this was something to take advantage of.

Technology has saved me from numerous amounts of sleepless nights and gave me the possibility of obtaining new information. Instead of having to wait the next day to ask my teachers for help, the answers to my homework were a click away. This in turn raised my grades up immensely and many were impressed with my quick learning skills. It was safe to say that I had benefited from having access to technology throughout my academic career.

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Technology in Education

by Azhai Williams

A majority of today’s students use technology as an aid in learning. Our rapidly advancing technological resources allow people to find answers to an infinite amount of questions in seconds. In this day and age, students have come to depend on the internet.
Throughout my academic career, I have come to rely on technology and many teachers have based their coursework upon this. Nearly half of my assignments require the internet either to obtain answers or submit work. I have found that technology has helped me tremendously. The ability to gain results in such a short amount of time is amazing. Not only does technology help with assignments but it has also come in handy quite recently with scholarships and college applications. Without the internet, it would be extremely time consuming and tedious to write out sections such as class schedules and extracurricular involvement. Along with the internet comes social media, of course. Although social media use with teens has become overwhelming, it allows us to keep up with current events and stay engaged with classroom-adaptive apps. Through resources including Blackboard, email, and live chats, several people can participate in the same class or project at once, even if they are outside of the classroom. These adaptive platforms have allowed group work to be more accessible and engaging.
Despite the fact that technology has many positive educational aspects, it makes textbook learning slightly difficult. Our constant dependence on the internet has made it challenging to learn using critical reading skills. Students tend to be lackadaisical when it comes to finding answers by reading instead of having the answer appear with the click of a button. Although technology is extremely useful, it has become too easy to find basic information, which in turn makes it strenuous for individuals to acquire in-depth material.

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Technology’s Impact On Learning

by Tiffany Anderson

In this day and age, there is no escaping technology. It impacts your day to day life and has revolutionized the world and the way we live in it. Through many different avenues, technology has helped me excel in my academic career. From the laptop that I’m typing this essay on to the programs and applications I have used during my time in college, all of which have aided me in furthering my education. I have used the internet to research many different topics to help me with a paper or to further my understanding of a topic. I have used my laptop to write countless papers and many other things. The different programs and applications chosen by my professors to complement the course content have aided in my understanding of the material being taught. And I can’t forget the countless hours of lectures that have been watched for my courses.

Technology has shaped the way I learn and has been involved every step of the way in obtaining my degree. There is no denying the fact that technology has made learning easier and more convenient. Thanks to my laptop I have been able to work on assignments anywhere. Thanks to things such as Google docs I have been able to collaborate with people in my groups to get things done with the added bonus of everyone being capable of working on the project at the same time. This has been a huge time saver and a true blessing, as working full-time and going to school full-time takes up so much of my days. EBook versions of my textbooks have also made my life so much easier since I can read them on the go. I resisted this technological advancement for many years as I have always liked having a novel in my hand, but being able to access the textbooks from anywhere and not having to lug them around has been very convenient and much lighter I might add.

Having so much technology at my fingertips and being able to be exposed to a wealth of information and knowledge whenever I want is phenomenal. Ten years ago, I could have never imagined the world being the way it is now. Even after I graduate I look forward to seeing where technology takes us as a society.

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Technology to Aid a Rural Student

by Taylor Kennah

Technology has been an essential tool for my education process. As a high school senior, I look back on the past twelve years and wonder how education was possible without the advanced technology we have now. Living in Wyoming, the rural nature of my town could have easily become an obstacle in the path of one’s education. The town I live in has less than four hundred people, meaning it can be exceedingly difficult to gain exposure to current events and other pressing matters. In some of the bigger schools even in Wyoming, one grade of a high school contains more than three times the people that reside in my hometown. However, there are now other options for someone that wants more educational opportunity than relocating somewhere with more people, through technology.
Through concurrent enrollment through a distant community college, I and my classmates have been given access to a wider range of classes offered both in class and online. Often separated from my friends by distance, technology has allowed me to expand my horizons and make close-knit friendships from people across the country, which has simultaneously expanded my connections, highlighted other perspectives and narratives, and vastly increased my technological knowledge. For example, every morning, Monday through Friday, I have an hour on my laptop during which I participate in an online English course that fulfills my high school graduation requirement and gives me valuable college credit for free. Whenever the basketball team I play for has an away game, I have the ability to catch up on whatever I missed at school that day through Powerschool on my laptop, phone, or tablet. Technology like these devices, and the services that they provide have been essential in who I have become intellectually. Through the internet, I have had access to so many opinions and walks of life than I believe would naturally encounter in rural Wyoming, and I believe this exposure has been key to forming my opinions and perspectives. So, in so many more ways than one, technology has helped me to learn and made learning easier.

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Technology’s Impact is not Black and White

by Andres Ballesteros

Technology and its impact on learning is something that I believe is not black and white. Technological advancements were made to make the spread of information easier and although it has, it has at the same time made other things harder. In past generations, research used to be found through books that would be found at the library and information of daily life used to be read about in papers. Technology has offered information so quick and from so many outlets that it has become hard to choose which to read and rely on. Beforehand, there used to be maybe one or two books about a certain subject (that were for the most part unbiased) and you would base your learning off the information from those one or two books. Now however, information is everywhere and if you look into information on a particular subject you are bombarded with sources that have conflicting viewpoints to one another. And although this allows you to see certain topics under a new pair of lens, it also makes it difficult to cement your viewpoint on the topic.
This question asks how technology has made learning easier for myself. And the definition of learning is the gaining of knowledge and skills through one’s experience, studying, or being taught. Now I believe technology has facilitated my learning experience but if you take a look at what are the sources that students use as their basis for developing facts one can argue its based off the experiences of another and thus NOT learning but memorizing opinions. The reasoning behind this is that when a source is written, it is written by someone has learned through their own experiences and has then come to a biased ideal. I however, have made a conscience effort in recent years to prevent this train of thought by reading articles that support other viewpoints that vary from my ‘own’. To then be able to come to a conclusion and develop my own bias about a certain topic and truly have learned the topic. Through thorough thought, I believe it is impossible to say that technology has not made learning easier for me because without the plethora of information that I was provided by biased sources I would have never been able to truly learn.

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Worth the Technical Difficulties

by Brielle O’Hara

Technology can be the source of many frustrations during an academic career, but I have no doubt it is worth every headache. Despite wifi going down ten minutes before an essay is due, using computers for work and homework greatly enhance the learning experience. Computers can do more in an instant than we can by hand, which can be incredibly helpful in a math class to understand the concept instead of trudging through the pages of work to come to an answer. Parents tend to think of using calculators as cheating, but they allow us to do so much more than before. After learning a concept, it can be expanded upon with the use of calculators. Typing an essay saves a lot of erasing time and makes organization a lot easier. I would not be happy writing a final draft essay by hand and realizing one paragraph would fit a lot better on the first page than the fifth, or I accidentally missed an important sentence two paragraphs back. Probably the greatest aspect of using technology with respect to learning is the ability to Google anything that didn’t quite stick in class. There are Youtube videos of examples for math concepts thoroughly explained in a different way than the teacher did, adding an entire new platform to learn from. Definitions are available at the touch of a button to improve an essay or other assignment. Presentations can be digital and whipped together much quicker than making a poster. Ideas are more easily shared amongst peers and group projects may have more success when everyone can access the work and contribute on their own time. Learning wouldn’t be the same without technology; from calculators to computers, it has revolutionized the way schools are run. Libraries have more computers and less books; it is required to have a specific type of calculator for high school math and beyond; essays must be typed and turned in online; math assignments and quizzes appear on an electronic platform with instant grading. There are endless changes and learning is different that it used to be. These changes allow us to learn more faster and expand our knowledge base while gaining a better understanding of technology expands our future capabilities as well. Technical difficulties may happen at the worst time, but they seem to be a necessary evil to learn in the best way we can.

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Growing up in the 21st Century

by Estephanie

Ever since the beginning of human history, technology has been created to help people understand how things work, and make people’s daily lives easier. Before the Common Era, when writing was just invented, writing was used as an accounting system for trade and everything was written on a clay slab. Fast-forward a few centuries, and a printing press was invented that could make hundreds of copies of a specific book. Today, in the 2018, we still use books, but we also use other technology that allows us to have access to all sorts of information that books cannot give us. Throughout my academic career, technology has not only helped me, but it also made learning easier.
Growing up in the 21st century, learning how to use the computer was an essential skill that all children had to go to. Being taught how to type, how to use computer programs and to “surf” the web set the foundation that I not only use in my academic career, but also my personal life. Instead of sitting in a library with a stack of encyclopedias, books, and newspaper articles, the answer could appear right in front of me on a phone, tablet, or laptop. The internet allowed me to have access to hundreds of scientific journals and databases that I would use for research for school assignments. Although research is important for academic careers, technology allowed communication possible and easy. Google Docs and Google slides are perfect tools for group projects that are required to have a paper and/or presentation. It allows multiple people to work on the same document at once, as well as allowing them to communicate to each other so everyone knows what they need to do, and how they need to do it. But communication has helped my academic career even for research purposes. Using the social media app Instagram, I was able to communicate to an American teacher working in South Korea, to ask about how air pollution in South Korea has personally affected her. Even before social media, it would have been nearly impossible to get in touch with someone I have never met.
Overall, technology has had a significant impact in my academic career, and the impact will only increase from now on. When technology makes learning easier, people will want to learn, and our society can benefit from that.

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Technology, Developing the Next Generation

by Zachary Scott Vrobel

In today’s society, technology has taken the lead in pioneering new ways for Americans to approach academic prowess, overshadowing more traditional methods which had been in place for generations before us. In the past 20 years alone we have seen the evolution from college textbooks to CD-ROM style learning, and now with the evolution of the cellphone, online courses with a plethora of resources right in the student’s hands. My personal experience with technology in academia has had a positive effect in expanding my learning capabilities, and additionally, has allowed me to gain familiarity with cutting edge technology.
I have had experiences with both online college courses and online military training courses. In 2016, I started a very rigorous medical training course in the Army. This course was designed to be fast paced, offer little down time, and produce the best military medics in the world. This course had a very expensive online database which not only allowed me to access course notes from the days lecture, but also gave me in-depth instructor notes to view. In addition to the notes, I was able to practice some of my skills in mock patient care scenarios. During these scenarios, I was given simulated live tissue samples, microscopic panels and test results in order to make the best decision for the patient’s well-being. This helped me to further grasp foundational skills, and since I am a visual learner, it also helped me conceptualize the steps of each process. More recently, I took an online college algebra class which gave me new found confidence in my ability to grasp mathematical concepts. This course included videos, notes, and multiple variations of explanations by different professors. During the homework exercises the problems gradually escalated into what would be seen on the test. Each one had step by step instructions showing how to solve a problem with sections for the student to participate in as it was explained. This unique approach undoubtedly increased the student performance rates in my college’s mathematics workshops.
Technology that utilizes online and computer based education to perpetuate academic advancement in students is shaking up the traditional learning platforms our grandparents grew up with. This technology will only get more efficient as time goes on. One day there will be an artificial intelligence based program which will be able to develop lessons handcrafted to each student’s learning style.

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The Power of the Evolution of Technology

by Dea Glamoc

As a student each year of schooling and each subject forces you to grow and adapt to change. These changes include academic challenges which promote prosperity in your life as a student and a successful member of society. I was able to witness the dramatic evolution of technology. Elementary school was composed of overheads and whiteboards. As the years passed I was able to face challenges academically while also being followed by the rapidly changing world of technology. Overheads turned to smart boards and whiteboards turned to chromebooks. Technology has allowed me to grow as a critical thinker and utilize resources that have allowed my academic journey to be richer and more fulfilling.
As a current sophomore in college I have been exposed to an abundance of resources. College is all about finding your identity and discovering passions that you ultimately follow into your career. The integration of technology has made this difficult journey much easier. I have been able to utilize programs such as google docs which update and save your changes immediately. It saves me from the anxiety that involves possibly losing files due to computers dying or breaking. Google docs also allows other students to simultaneously work on documents without having to physically be in the same room. The simplest website or link can open up an immense amount of opportunities. The advancement of technology has allowed Universities to allow their students to connect with others that can further benefit their careers. Volunteer opportunities, job openings, clubs, and retreat information are all easily accessible through the implementation of detail oriented websites. Laptops have made studying and absorbing lectures much easier. I am a visual learner and prefer to take notes on paper, but I also like to simultaneously view class powerpoints on my laptop. Technology is often correlated with the depletion of independence and intelligence. However, I think that viewing the positive contributions of technology is vital to understanding the complexity of the average student that has developed in this era of technological advancements.

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The Necessity of Technology in Education

by Ilma Seperovic

I’ve always wondered how many hours have I spent staring at a computer screen, how many times have I waken up and blinded my eyes to the harsh brightness of a screen? I’m surrounded by technology every tick of a second since the start of my education. With a culture so invested in technology, the access to it is effortless. For example, the university I attend rents out laptops to students for free, and the public library has access, awhile as the majority of the public having a cell phone with internet. Thus, accessibility isn’t an issue which is why I believe technology has become a critical factor in education and learning.
Technology has helped me by giving me an abundant amount of access to resources that create a simpler life for a student, such as me. I’m able to share my work in seconds and establish a system of organizing my assignments so that I can find them easily. My textbooks are online, my math and German homework are online as well as my class notes. This is just a small chunk of school that depends on technology; it’s so much more efficient for I can turn an assignment within seconds or find specific class notes that I might need. This system of learning eliminates the worry of losing your work and keeps everything organized, critical skills required as an adult. The ability to directly pull up an assignment or receive feedback within few seconds on homework is terrific for it brings no burden of carrying excess books or papers along with one’s backpack. The ability to connect with Professors and classmates through an email, store important notes and documents as well as the majority class resources being online is accentual to a student’s learning. Our society is so dependent on technology that it is only beneficially to have that transcend into the classrooms.

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Learning Though Technology

by Richard Colon

Throughout my academic career technology had been on the rise. At first it was through using projector to present information at a much quicker pacer than writing everything out on a board. Then moved onto having brand new computers within computer labs at school to then having our own laptops to use for the school year. To now having my own personal laptop. This rise in technology has made my pursuit for an academic degree much easier. For example, all the times that I had to write and or create a research project based off a single question. Here, with the help of technology, I was able to write out my papers much faster. I would use search engines such as Google and Bing to find certain topics that pertained to my research. Because of how fast technology has become, I’ve been able to read through articles and biographies quickly; which in turn has allowed me to become much more efficient at deciphering what is true or false on the internet. This new technology has not only made working on my academic career easier and faster, it has also made it much more enjoyable. What this means is that I’ve been able to go and research my work at my own pace and at my own leisure. This advantage has given me the chance to truly absorb and process the information that I am learning about. In terms of whether technology has made learning easier is entirely true. People such as myself can now read through information and understand create their own opinions about it at a much quicker pace than ever before. An enormous advantage that technology has provided for learning and learning in my own academic career, is the sheer amount of information that is out on the internet that is available to be seen. Instead of spending hours upon hours of reading through books and novels to find one piece of text, all you must do is search a specific question on the internet and there will be thousands of sources that are available. Technology has made learning for me and millions of other students so much easier to the point to where you can now teach yourself anything.

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How Technology Has Changed Me

by Bryn Randall

Throughout my academic career, technology has been slowly introduced into classrooms. From having little technology, to having technology available to every student, it has made an impact on the way that teachers teach. Technology has multiple benefits and consequences that have changed the way people learn and have made learning easier for not just me but for millions of people in the United States.
At the beginning of my academic career, there was little technology because technology was not advanced enough. There were no smart phones, and computers were slow at best. In second grade, my class got one of the first smart boards in the school. Teachers started changing their lessons from lecturing from the book, to doing power points through the computer. We started using the internet for research and to turn in assignments. At first, computers could be somewhat of a nuisance but now that they are used every day, they have been a huge help to me. I use them for anything from research for homework to reading articles. There are huge amounts of information available to me at the click of a button. Technology has helped me succeed in school and ensures that I can keep up in my classes.
Technology has made learning much easier. Before technology, when writing a research paper, students would have to spend hours in the library going through books and using sticky notes, highlighters, and a notebook full of notes in order to keep track of the information. Now it is all available at the click of a button and we have many resources that we can use that are across the world. We can learn more about other cultures more quickly and it’s easy to interact with them on the internet. I strongly agree that technology has made learning easier.
In conclusion, technology is changing the way that people learn and it has made it easier for people to learn, especially for those with a disability. Technology has helped me in so many ways and has helped me gain a better understanding of the world around me. Tech helps everyone involved and I think that as more technology is introduced into schools, it will just become easier for people to have access to more and more information.

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GREATNESS OF TECHNOLOGY

by  POORVI CHOPRA

Growing up, technology became one of the greatest inventions in history. The development of smartphones, laptops, and other greater ways to easily do things, such as machines, has made the things we do daily, much much easier. Throughout my academic career, technology has helped me learn things faster. I remember being in elementary and going to the computer labs to take reading exams on the desktops. This made it so much more fun to read as I felt more engaged in the activities. Smartphones have made it easier for me to time myself, calculate, download apps which have previously allowed me to study for exams, such as the ACT. I believe that with technology I have education at the tip of my fingers. At anytime I can pull out my phone or laptop and begin studying, where as back in the day the options were at a stationary place such as a library or a school and everything done with pen, paper and books. Technology has made learning a lot easier for the current and incoming generations. Now we have online simulations and models that we can visually connect to the things we learn. Ebooks and videos make it so one is able to grasp a concept with greater knowledge. Online games engage students to show what they have learned through a fun way of testing. Things such as Google Apps, allows students to get creative and create presentations, display graphs, write essays. All these things are shared on a cloud which can be sent to anyone, anywhere around the world. Students in every discipline can usually find a way to enhance their learning experiences with the use of a computer. In conclusion, technology has made learning and education easy for any student to learn at their own pace. The more the population is educated, the better we progress with improving technology.

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Organizing with Technology

by Jessica Jones

A lack of organizational skills is something that college students all over the country have trouble with. Keeping deadlines in order, remembering what assignments need to be finished, and even scheduling actual study time are all things that today’s students need to take into consideration. Something that has drastically improved a college student’s organizational skills is access to technology. Instead of just keeping track of assignments and test in a paper planner, now you can digitalize it. One way that technology has helped me personally is that all my devices can sync up, so I can find my information everywhere. I can enter assignments into my schedule on my laptop, and when I am at work I can be reminded on my cell phone that I have due date approaching. This form of technology not only helps to plan my week, but it keeps me accountable to myself.

Another way that technology has helped me with my study habits is the use of my laptop in lecture halls. First, taking notes on my laptop has been a huge help while I attend lecture halls. Most professors tend to speed through Powerpoints and lectures, so jotting down notes by hand can be ineffectual. With my laptop, I can pull up the presentation while simultaneously taking notes at a rapid pace. Secondly, the ability to record my professor’s lectures on my laptop or phone can ensure that I write every detail that I need. Once the class is over, I can go back into my notes while replaying the lecture. If I missed any important details, I can fill them in. Having an electronic planner and schedule lets me focus primarily on studying for my classes. I am lucky that I live in the age where technology in classrooms is accepted. Technology has made learning easier because instead of overloading my life with everything, I can focus on the things that matter.

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My Technology BFF: The Internet Saved My (Academic) Life

by Gabriella Avila

Technology has been my own personal tutor. In all honesty, I wouldn’t have the grades I do without my laptop and the wonderful, world wide web. Coming into a prestigious and academically rigorous high school turned out to be an academic culture shock. The competition is fierce, and the content we were learning was for the most part, a continuation of what freshman had left off on during eighth grade. While I did not have the advantage of being at my high school during middle school, while at the same time not being financially able to afford a tutor, I turned to what I had: the internet.
I am a believer that what cannot be learned in the classroom, can be figured out later at home on the laptop. While teachers a a fantastic resource, and I attempt to go in for help as much as I can, you cannot connect with every single teacher. Some simply just don’t resonate with me, which makes it hard for me to learn in their classrooms. But I do not let that stop me. For example, my junior year geometry class. Respectfully, I couldn’t stand my teacher, she was monotone and ditzy and I truly learned the art of sleeping with my eyes open. It was painful to stay focused in that class, especially when I wasn’t allowed to doodle, the only thing that can keep me engaged. To put it shortly, I wasn’t very successful in attaining information in that class no matter how hard I tried. After a few not-so-good quizzes, I decided that I wasn’t going to leave my grade at the hands of my teacher. This is when I turned to my best friend, Nancy from “mathbff” on Youtube.com. True to her name, she is my best friend along with my buddies at Khan Academy. And stuck to them like glue, I was able to be successful in my worst class of the year.
Not only have I been saved by technology in the area of math, but it has helped me in so many other areas. Whether it be research, watching videos to help me visually learn and better retain information, or through communication, technology has been my guide. Simple things like sharing my essay with a friend to help find grammar mistakes or question my paragraph organization, goes a long way. Homework or work in general should not be done individually. I refuse to. I take all my resources, my teachers, my books, my notes, my friends and the internet, to get the job done and to get it done right. Learning, for me, could not have been any easier when having technology by my side.

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How Technology has Helped Further My Academic Career

by Taylor Walker

Technology offers a vast and wide variety of content that can help students with their academic career. Over the years technology has grown tremendously in the sense that more and more people are using it everyday. When I’m stumped on a question in class or while doing my homework, technology is there to help me achieve the correct answer. It also can provide the steps I may need in order to figure out that answer. Technology has helped me become a better student because when I need help with a particular subject, it can show me everything I need to know. Technology has also made learning easier because with the use of certain websites, I can get practice outside of class doing fun things like playing helpful games or creating online study tools. With the help of technology I can better prepare for my tests, communicate with other classmates to compare answers and results, find educational videos explaining a certain topic and giving advice, and even speak to other teachers across the world that can provide me with explanations that can assist in bettering my academic career. The communication with others that technology provides is one of the most important things that has assisted in my academic success. I have been able to contact my classmates, teachers, and even others around the world who have been able to provide me with a solution to my problems in class. This part of technology has advanced not only my personal knowledge but my classmates as well. We are able to help each other with homework and assignments through our technological devices and it’s fast and easy, making our lives much easier. Many students may also understand that typing an essay before the invention of technology was a process, however, with updated computers, typing an essay is a breeze. I can type an essay in a shorter amount of time on a computer than it would take to handwrite all of my thoughts. Also, correcting mistakes I’ve made in my essays is incredibly easy and most computers offer tools to help with grammar and spelling errors. I am grateful for technology and all of the assistance it has provided me throughout my academic career. Technology is a blessing and it can be utilized to help build and further one’s education.

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Technology, My Savior

by Grecia Sambrano

Although sometimes distracting, I have to admit Facebook notifications sometimes might get in the way of me writing an english essay. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow in an age where technology is becoming more and more accessible. Everyday, I both consciously and unconsciously depend on technology to fulfill everyday tasks such as communicate with my teachers, type essays and find academic opportunities. I can genuinely say that without technology I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I’ve been blessed to have had the privilege to apply to college, something that would’ve been almost impossible for Latina without the help of technology. As a future first generation college student I’ve been posed with many obstacles because of the lack of guidance I can receive from my family. As a result, I’ve had to heavily depend on educating myself since the 8th grade. Without access to tutors due to my financial disadvantage, I’ve had to find resources online that can help me academically excel. Such resources have helped me achieve great test scores and turn around my grades in subjects that are academically challenging to me like pre-calculus and physics. I’ve used free online SAT practice tests instead of investing in expensive SAT study books too. Technology has made learning easier in a million ways, it’s easy, affordable at times and it’s super fast to look up something you want to know and instantaneously receive the answer. This has helped me in my Anatomy and Physiology class when I’ve had to memorize muscle and bone functions.
Again, I can’t get tired of saying how extremely grateful I am that online learning opportunities exist or else I wouldn’t have been able to apply to college. I’ve felt the pain of missing project and financial aid deadlines because of the absence of technology. Knowing this, I’m aware of the great knowledge a single click of a button can give you and I’m extremely grateful that it’s present in my life.

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Technology Helps Students Fulfill Their Academics

by Monica Diaz

Technology has helped me with my academic career greatly by being able to do most of my assignments online with my laptop. I am a communications major and that involves heavily writing and speech presentations. To do this writing I needed my laptop significantly to help me write everywhere I went either if it was at school or at my home. I write many essays and writing them requires research to be included in my essays. It would be very hard to go to a library and use those resources they have only available there. I could request other resources from other libraries but that would take up more time. As a college student, I could use the most time I can grasp. So, using a laptop grants me thousands of reliable peer-reviewed sources in a matter of seconds, which grants me more time. In addition, I do many speeches in my major and that requires me to look for research to be included in my presentations and by using the many options the internet has given me I can give a unique presentation with the thousands of resources available to me. Technology has also made it easier to turn in assignments to my professors by submitting everything online instead of printing the assignment and handing it to them. This also saves a bunch of paper, which helps reduces cutting down trees. In addition, this would help professors not having a ton of papers with them, and they are able to grade everything through technology. In addition, it helps students who are not able to make it to class but has a major assignment due that day, they can turn it in online! I have the technology to grant me so many resources and thoughts in a matter of seconds, which can broaden my point of view in many ways. Technology has made learning significantly easier by not learning everything in person. Whereas you miss a day of class, the PowerPoint is available online and you would not be at such a loss. Looking for research makes it much easier online by having thousands of resources. If you do not understand something, you can just search it up online and you would not have to be clueless. Technology has made learning easier by not being limited to one point of view, but multiple points of view around the world.

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The Role of Technology in Education

by Jorge Carlos Lopez

Technology has evolved a great deal in the last fifty years to the point where we can fit a computer in our pockets, we can communicate in real time with someone across the world and we can work more efficiently without spending too much time. Technology has always played a huge role in our lives, especially now when it is growing and becoming smarter but it also plays a huge role in our education and people take it for granted. I started to use technology a lot more when I started high school in 2014. At my high school every freshman is issued a Google Chromebook to keep until the end of their senior year and I have used mine a lot since my first day of high school. State governments have changed from giving the final exam on paper to giving it online hence the issuing of the Chromebooks. Taking notes has been easier for me to do them on the Chromebook than on paper and it has helped me a great deal with essays as well as research papers. We also have access to dozens of tutoring programs and college preparation resources that a lot of people do not use. The main thing that we have that I think a lot of people forget about is Google and other search engines. Many people did not have Google or even the internet when they were in school so I believe we have a useful gift. Also, since I am into graphic design and photography, our library has programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro and so much more. This helps me a whole lot to continue to pursue my dreams so I definitely think that technology has made education easier in so many more ways than just one. I just wish more people didn’t take it for granted.

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Technology for the Win!

by Nicole Coco

I have recently returned to academia after more than twenty years as a wife and stay at home mom of six. I have always wanted to return to school to work towards my goal of becoming a clinical psychologist; however, it was not plausible until now. Between being a wife, running my own small business and homeschooling my children, finding time to attend classes on a campus was a daunting task and seemed unrealistic.
Then I discovered that in my time away from academia, technological advances have been made; colleges now offer the opportunity for online courses! I was beyond thrilled when I realized that my local community college had a vast selection of courses that I could complete online and receive full credit for. Realizing this opportunity existed has opened up the possibility of finally fulfilling my dream to earn my B.S. in psychology.
For the last two years, I have been taking a full course load of classes online. I have taken everything from biology courses that involved interactive modules, to English courses with online writing support, to honor courses in psychology that included multiple online skill components. Each building my knowledge base and earning credits toward my A.A. degree.
Now that I have earned my A.A., I have transferred to the University of Central Florida to earn my Bachelor’s of Science. Since I am not only a student, but also still homeschooling my three youngest children, I have opted to continue my education solely through their online educational program.
Once again, I find myself able to meet my goals of continuing my education, while also meeting my family and personal obligations. I couldn’t ask for more; my education has flexibility and still provides a thoroughly competitive learning environment, with cutting edge technologies in place to help me succeed.
I appreciate that I can speak with advisors and career support staff, utilize interactive learning tools, and build a rapport with my online peers – all from the comfort of my home, during the time frames that work for me. Without the technological advancements of such stellar online learning programs, I know I would be a lot further from realizing my goals. Thankfully, because of them, I am almost there!

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Tech help with school

by Isis Connor

Technology has helped me throughout my academic career because information was easy to access. I am able to look up a math problem on the internet and see how the problem should be worked out. For an upcoming science fair, I search up on the web the different types of science projects I ca do because I cannot creative enough to come up with one on my own. Almost anything is accessible through the internet. As my dad would say, “just Google it,” this generation that I am in, all do this. I can say that we have it easier than our parents because they had to go to a library and look in an encyclopedia for any information they might need for what assignment they had to do. Any student with a phone is able to look up information for anything. It is beneficial if you need extra help for homework, or you do not know how to word a certain phrase for an essay; all you have to do is Google the question that is best fitting for your situation.
I do agree that technology has made learning easier because any piece of information that you need an answer to is all online. That is also the down side to using the internet as a reference. Anyone can put information that is either right or wrong on the web, and there will be some people who will not be able to tell the difference between the truth and a lie. Wikipedia is an example for a website that is used by everyone; there are students that use this site as a reference, and this is would be the worst one to use. There are people who put false information up on the site just to trick people. I always remember my teachers telling me not to use Wikipedia as a source because it is unreliable.
Technology is not just limited to the internet; it also includes calculators that speeds up the rate of how quickly we can answer math problems. Smart boards are another type of technology that is used in an academic setting. It is used to show off lesson plans that teachers create for us, so that we can better retain the information that is being taught to us.

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Technology: My Personal Tutor

by Natalie Mortensen

My Physiology class was a beast. I have never struggled in a class like I did with Physiology. I spent hours studying for tests, went in to get extra help from my teacher, but still struggled with the exams. One thing that made all the difference and truly helped me understand the content was learning from YouTube videos. I often struggle focusing and learning by reading from a textbook. When I am able to find videos on the internet to really teach me the material, it’s like I’m getting my own personal tutor session. Almost any physiology topic taught in class was readily available on YouTube. I was no longer limited to one teacher. By viewing searching the course content on YouTube, I had multiple teachers each teaching uniquely with every video I watched. This made all the difference. If my teacher taught the material in class in a way that I didn’t quite understand, I was able to find another teacher or even another student who posted their own video with the same information but with different techniques allowing me to understand. I could also replay the video as many times as I needed to in order to ensure the knowledge to sink in. Even today, I still learn from YouTube as I have been continuing on in my education.

Another way technology has helped me is through virtual reality labs. There is only so much time that I can spend in a cadaver lab without feeling queasy, so being able to study through Apps and websites that allow me to see a cadaver as if it were right in front of me makes learning more accessible. Taking time to travel all the way back to the cadaver lab after work or early in the morning can take hours out of my day, so being able to study wherever I am using my phone or laptop makes all the difference.

Technology has truly changed my ability to learn new concepts and understand more fully material. The way technology is constantly improving will allow for future generations to learn things my generation never dreamed of. There is so much more access to learning and growth thanks to the wonders of technology.

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Convenience

by Jenna Benson

Define convivial, I type with my left hand. My right hand holds The Great Gatsby, its pages spread open by my thumb and pinky. My reading was interrupted, but in practically no time I am presented with what I was searching for – con·viv·i·al (adj): friendly, lively, and enjoyable – and I am back to exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work.

This is the most important thing technology has contributed to my success throughout my academic career. Convenience. Technology’s characteristic of convenience has ensured that I never have to scramble through a dictionary, flip through a phone book, or shuffle through an encyclopedia. These were challenges that once stood in the way of people, and especially in the way of individuals pursuing their education. They were challenges that took up time and distracted individuals from what they were truly seeking to achieve. The time and effort that may have been spent searching for words like convivial is time and effort that I have never had to waste.

Billions of people carry around a device that has access to billions of websites, which altogether hold trillions of words. It is a small, metal rectangle that has allowed me to have access to a world of information. Currently, education is quick and vast, but it is also anywhere. Using a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop, I can continue my academic career virtually wherever I want, whenever I want. With just a few keywords and a button, I have the ability to narrow the massiveness of the Internet to a list of links. Without a doubt, this has made my education much easier to pursue, as the ease of completing a search and reading an article has allowed me to become familiar with topics I would never even come in contact with otherwise.

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The Value of Technology

by Kayla Sauceda

My academic success would not have been possible if technology wasn’t as advanced and easily accessible as it is today. I am a graduate of California Virtual Academy, a public school where classes take place 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦. These classes allowed me to take charge of my education and taught me responsibility/accountability. Because I was able to do school work on my own schedule, I was thus able to work, explore career choices, and experience life lessons as well.
Aside from the moral values online learning taught me, I was able to grow a lot academically as well. I excelled in all of my classes because I was not limited to the view of a singular teacher or one book, I had access to the internet. The internet made me capable of viewing things in a different way and gain new perspectives. While a brick and mortar school may limit the opinions and lessons you may learn, online learning has endless possibilities. Because of this, online learning allowed me to graduate with a 4.2 and made me confident for my future.
The modern technology we are blessed with today allows so many people to learn and discover anything about literally anything. We are allowed to explore our interests, broaden our horizons, dive deeper into school research, and so much more. I think that technology has helped so many people learn via easier processes. Whether they are learning math, science, career interests, or even learning something about themselves technology can be of great value. As long as technology can be used as a tool rather than a distraction, it can be an incredible benefit to learning.
As I mentioned before, I feel tremendously lucky to have attended California Virtual Academy. The years I spent there taught me so many tools about how to use the internet, independence, and of course all things academic. I truly feel very confident in all subjects, across the board, after attending an online school.

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Technology’s Impact on Learning

by Allen Joswick

Throughout my academic career technology has enabled me to be more efficient and organized while doing my work. This is most evident when it comes to writing. Programs such as Microsoft Word are wonderful resources that make it easier to complete writing assignments without having to worry as much about spelling or grammatical errors. Those files are also simpler and easier to store and organize than paper files are.
However that being said, technology is double edged sword. While it has made writing and completing assignments easier, it has allowed students to at times mindlessly write or complete assignments and thus they learn nothing from it which only makes it harder for them down the road. It has also made getting distracted much easier. Therefore technology has remained only relatively positive in the area of improving learning (at least in my personal opinion). There are things like Quizlet that do seem to help when it comes to learning things such as vocabulary. Otherwise most online systems have simply increased the hassle required to complete work that could have easily been done on paper.
Granted this does not reflect all of technology as that term has a very broad meaning and definition. Things like printers, projectors, even advances in spacecraft have allowed technology to improve learning overall and the way we understand it, but at other times technology has most defiantly not improved learning. But just because it have improved learning most certainly does not mean that it has made it any easier, if anything it has increased the amount of things that a student must keep track of at school. Thus in my most humble opinion technology has had only a relatively positive impact on learning, and has most definitively not made it any easier than it was before (please note that this verdict reflects the internet more than technology as a whole).

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The New Era: Technology

by Alondra Mendoza

Technology has had an interesting evolution throughout the eighteen years I’ve been alive. It went from old, dinosaur like computers to highly advanced, touch screen laptops. In my elementary school years I never used technology until I entered high school. I got my first laptop in high school and it was such a great help. Technology has helped me throughout my academic career by making essay writing easier and necessary information readily available and easy to access. For example, recently I had two research essays to do for finals week in college and when researching, the internet was a great source that helped me find articles, magazines, academic journals, etc. to use as backup for my topic. In all of the math courses I’ve taken, like statistics and financial accounting, using a calculator was necessary and a life savior. Without it, these courses would have been almost impossible to complete. Overall, technology has helped me in the simplest ways, from finding the definition of a word to learning new information on certain topics.
Personally, technology has made learning easier because it allows for easy access to new information. For example, when I need help learning a subject, I search up a video tutorial to teach me and help me understand the subject. However, many have been so reliant on technology they think they can find the answer to their problem just by a search button. I am guilty of this because I get lazy and want the shorter and easier way out. This just stops people from learning the correct and full way. Nonetheless, most of the time I prefer hard copies of textbooks or different types of readings because I get to annotate it, so I learn better from it. So, I am in the borderline whether technology makes learning easier. There is always going to be pros and cons when it comes to technology. I think technology should be used as a helpful tool, the right way, and never taken advantage of.

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Technology: The Way of the Future for Education

by Sarah Austin

Technology in my school has created collaborative and insightful environments that are no longer only between the teacher and a student, but between the entire classroom. For example, the notes in my Biology classroom are available to my class on OneNote, and my teacher draws diagrams and answers questions with her stylus on the presentations so that we can all see them. This has allowed for more efficient and comprehensive lessons, as well as an organized and easy way to study all of our material. Technology has also allowed for more creative methods to share presentations and projects with the class. PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Prezi are examples of interesting ways to prepare projects for any subject.
I believe that without technology, my experience in the classroom would be a much more difficult road. Although I would still be successful, studying and grasping concepts would take much longer. With technology, I am able to reach my teacher at any time through my platforms, such as Google Classroom, email, and class Twitter chats. Studying has been made easier because all materials are located in the same place. Students can even take notes together on the same documents, which allows for a variety of perspectives and points of view.
One form of technology that has been extremely helpful to me is Twitter. My AP Biology class holds review sessions over Twitter the night before each test. We are asked questions in which we can all answer, as well as we ask our own questions not only to our teacher about the material, but to other students.
Technology has made learning easier for me, and I am excited for new forms of technology that will be available in the future. In terms of education, the possibilities are endless. There will be new collaborative and creative methods for learning, such as intricate online labs and platforms for writing. Technology is the way of the future of education.

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Technology and it’s Positive Impact on School

by Saviana Metter

Technology has really shaped the way people do things in modern times, and that can be a good and bad thing. School is especially impacted by students having easy access to technology at their fingertips, and some aspects of education have been influenced by that. Easy access to devices for typing or researching can really make doing assignments regarding essays a lot easier. For example, I have a laptop that I recently got in the end of my junior year and it has made a lot of my assignments way more convenient. This device has allowed me to work on all my assignments in any room of my house, with access to an unlimited amount of resources. I can easily look up a word I don’t know how to spell, or a synonym for a word so that I do not use the same phrase over and over. I can even work with other people on group projects, from the comfort of my own home. That has recently made a group project of mine very smoothly, because the other members and I never had to meet face to face and take time out of our busy schedules, but we still were able to communicate and get our assignment done. It also made it easier to get things done because we were not tempted to distract each other by discussing other things not relevant to the project. Nothing is perfect, so this easy access to technology does have its downsides. For one thing, it has made it much easier for students to cheat and take the easy way out for important assignments. Since the access to information is so simple, it is very tempting for students to use their phones during a test very discretely or just copy another person’s work through pictures. Even though there are clear downsides to having access to all these devices with amazing capabilities, the positives outweigh those negatives. The convenience of this technology is too great to simply ignore. The way people can collaborate with others on difficult assignments or group projects without having to take lots of time out of their busy schedule is a clear positive impact. And the benefit of having multiple resources right in front of you as you work on anything makes the emergence of technology a wonderful tool to make school better and more enjoyable.

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Fall 2017 Scholarship Essays


Essay Question: Please tell us your
favorite childhood book and why.


The Book Thief

by Robyn

One of the most memorable books I read as a child was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This book not only is my favorite childhood book but is my favorite book of the series. My older sister was obsessed with Harry Potter and had all of the books but I wasn’t allowed to touch them. One day I decided to steal one off her shelf and I didn’t realize that I took the third one instead of the first. It took me a while to finish but I loved it. I felt so cool at school with the book being thicker than most kids in my class read. Even though the book isn’t the longest one of the series it was very large looking to me at the time.

This is my favorite childhood book because it was my introduction to the world of Harry Potter and made me realize that the books weren’t as hard to read as I had expected. It was the first book of that length that I had ever read. It made me realize how fun reading could be and how immersed in a world you could be. This book taught me about trust and friendship. Also it showed how minor events can change the outcome of a bigger event. It is also my favorite because I think mysteries and plot twists are so fun and always the most memorable part of a story. Even rereading it I still get so excited in the scene when Harry discovers who Sirius Black really is. I know this is my favorite book as a child because it is still one of my favorite books even now years later.

Without this book I wouldn’t have had the courage to be able to read the whole series and be apart of the amazing world that J.K Rowling created. This started my obsession with Harry Potter and proved to my mom and my older sister that I could read the books and after I was allowed to read the rest of the series. This book changed my childhood for the better and made me apart of something so much bigger than I could have expected when I stole it off of my sisters shelf. It was one of the best decisions I could have made.

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Books Are a Safe Place for Some

by Morgan Jarvis

When I was a little girl I noticed books can help a lot. My life is crazy and always had been when my parents spilt as I ended third grade.I was acting out and never knew what to do, that’s when I turned  to reading.Which brings us to not my favorite book,but my favorite  book sires.Which was The Babysitters Club.I still to this day have most of them on my shelves  but I’m slowly passing them on to another young reader and writer.i love them because they just make me go back to childhood when everything wasn’t so crazy.  I have been able to read since I was 5 and I have been writing since I was 6.I want to change the world with how I write.As well as give other children  the safety  of reading like I had.To get them trough whatever life throws at them.

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Through the Wardrobe

by Samantha Jones

As an English major, I have been exposed to an incredible assortment of literature. I have read pieces that have shaken me to the core, transformed the way I think, taught me empathy, and I am so grateful for these things. But for everything I have learned from my classes, I have learned just as much, if not more, from the fairytales that made up my childhood. My favorite storybook when I was young was “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” by C.S. Lewis and it remains to this day one of my favorite stories.

                The book was an escape into a world that was much more exciting and meaningful to me than that of my life. The book showed me that someone as seemingly insignificant as a child could be a hero, and have adventures and I could go on those adventures when I read the books. Every step a character took, I was walking right beside them.

                The lessons I learned from my trips Narnia are innumerable and every time I read it, I gain new insights. I learned from Lucy to believe in magic, that you should be kind to strangers, and loyal to your friends. Edmund taught me that it’s okay to make mistakes, and be afraid. Then, he taught me to learn from my mistakes and grow. Peter showed me that leadership is not just telling people what to do or where to go, it is listening and understanding, so that you can be a guide to those around you. Susan reminded that while it is okay to be a little skeptical, I should never let that get in the way of what is important.

                I learned many things but more than that, I realized that the intricate fabric of Narnia was woven with many of the same threads that make up real life. There is good and evil, there is temptation and there is redemption. When I first stepped through the wardrobe, I began to form a new understanding about how life works. As I get older, I am becoming more aware that while I cannot prevent the evil and the temptation in my life, I can make choices about how I respond to it. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is important to me because it has become part of the foundation on which I have built myself up. The heroes of this story have served to shape me as person and I hope that when I act and speak and think, I do so in a manner that would be worthy of a queen or king of Narnia.

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Into The Wild

by Karlee Greer

From the very first time I was assigned 30 minutes of reading as homework in elementary school, I decided I hated reading. I would say anything to get out of reading. It’s not that I was a bad reader – I simply felt that there were better uses for my time. Naturally, I also hated trips to the library. One week, in fourth grade, I could find no way out of our weekly library trip. I distinctly remember walking disinterestedly up and down the shelves, until I saw a book titled Warriors: Into the Wild. I picked it up. It was a book about wild cats. I grabbed it, fully intending never to look at it again until the next week when it was time to turn it back in. However, one way or another, I ended up reading it. I was pulled in to the story. I found myself thinking about the plot and characters all the time. Once I’d finished the book, I discovered that it was simply the first book in a 24-book series. Naturally, I read them all.

Reading this series awakened an animal. I began to read more and more, quickly climbing to the best at spelling and reading in my class. It was incredible – finding out I was the best at something I was so sure I’d hated. It inspired me to try new things. I ran for student council, began getting involved with sports, even tried to write my own book – purely because I’d been inspired to try. As I reflect on my high school successes as an AP student who graduated with three academic letters, I can’t help but attribute my prosperity to that day in elementary school.

Reading truly opens doors. For me, falling in love with reading helped me fall in love with education. Once I realized I was good at reading, I wanted to challenge myself more. I always found myself in the highest reading group, and later in Honors and AP courses in high school, and later still as a member of the Honors program at Utah State. At Utah State, I am striving continuously to become a learner, all thanks to that day I found my way “into the wild” world of education.

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June 2017 Scholarship Essays


The Perfect Fit

by Dan Walsh

College takes the life of a student in a whole new direction for four years. Being anywhere for that long of a time means they’ll want to make sure it’s just right for them. I myself value the size of the student body, the majors offered by the college, and the atmosphere.

        Looking at how large a school is for size factors into quite a few important aspects of my life. The more people there are, the less likely I will encounter the same people. This is a positive or a negative based on perspective as you may want to form a close group of friends from being in the same classes, or you may want to always meet new people. Then there comes the student to faculty ratio. With many students, I wouldn’t get as much personal time with a professor to help discuss issues I’m having in the class. The size of a school is very important for a new college student when considering where to continue their education.

        Following the size, I believe the majors and programs offered by a school are incredibly important. This is very necessary to choose a school with the right program if a student is looking to pursue a career in nursing, engineering, or any such vocation. Specialized schools would be of far more benefit to a student than a “fun” college or one with just a nice campus.

         Finally, I look at the atmosphere of a college. Being part of a Christian Synod, I want to go to a school that I align with in faith. Then, I also look for a school that has a reputation for well developed programs and s healthy student body as compared to one known for partying. This may be one of the most important factors as college is one of the critical phases in the development of young adult.

        The perfect place to attend college may not be right around the corner. However, being one of the vital times in shaping my life, I want to make sure I go somewhere that is the right size, has an atmosphere that fits my faith and personality, and make sure that it has a major in the career I wish to follow.

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Location, Price, and Major: Three College Factors Important to Me

by Christian Parham

Searching for a college is never easy. There are so many factions to consider, and after contemplating I have decided that location, price, and their programs available for my major are the most important to me. Location is extremely important to me because I would love to live in Southern California, but not super far away from home so I can visit. Because I still want to be kind of close near to home, it causes me to look at schools specifically in my state, California. Once I find a school that I’m interested in, the next factor for me to hone in on is price. Although I have applied for  scholarships and will be completing the FAFSA with my parents,this does not guarantee I’ll receive an affordable college education. For my parents sake and my own, I will have to strongly evaluate the quality of the education I’ll be receiving and if it is truly worth the price. With many students graduating college with $30,000 in student loan debt, it is an important factor to look into early while there’s still time. Finally, I will also be considering what programs are available for the major I hope to pursue. I hope to major in political science and minor in either journalism or psychology. While all of these majors are available at many colleges, this doesn’t mean that your education in certain colleges will be the best. Because I plan to work in these fields when I graduate, it’s important that I get an education that prepares me for what I’ll encounter in these job fields daily. If I am not equipped with knowledge and real world skills I can apply to my job after I leave college, then what is the point of going? If I focus on location, price, and programs for my major while deciding on the colleges I’m interested in, then I hopefully will be able to find a school that I truly love.

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Home Away From Home

by Kelsey Osborne

College searching is an important milestone for any graduating senior looking to move forward in their education. I have many things I’m looking for in a college, but my top three are the look of the college, how people feel when attending the college m, and the educational information about the college.

When searching for the perfect college, my first instinct is to look at the campus and it’s surrounding area. Because the college is going to be my home away from home, the look and feel of the college really matter to me. Is it pretty? Could I stand seeing it almost everyday? If I deem the outside look of the college worthy, I check the surrounding area. Is it a safe place? Are their exciting things to do nearby? How close is it to a beach? These are typically my questions when searching the area surrounding the campus. After I deem the university’s city safe, and the campus attractive enough, I immediately look up their dorm rooms. Because I like my privacy, space, and sleep my room will have to up to my standards. An ugly dorm room will just not work for me. ‘An empty room is an opportunity’ (kudos to Joy for Inside Out for that quote) is true, but sometimes there’s no hope. Fairy lights can’t fix everything.

If I find their dorm room options acceptable, I then go to look at what other students have to say about the University. I try to find people I personally know who have attended the university to answer truthfully to me, but there are plenty of online forums about universities that will also tell the truth. In order to get a feel of how the students operate on campus, I check friends and forums first, before I read what the university has to say about itself. The university wants me to go there, so it’s going to hype itself up, but if I want the real nitty-gritty truth, I go to first-hand sources. This is especially important to me. I want to know how the students really feel about their chosen school. After checking out the look of the university, and asking around about what the university is like, I then check out its education status. Does it have EVERYTHING I’m looking for? If not, I immediately cross it off my list. My education is important to me, and if I’m. It going to school for what i want to study, what’s the point in going at all. While I’m checking Education information, I also look up student to teacher ratio. I don’t work well in big classes, and I tend to ask a lot of questions so a high student to teacher ratio wouldn’t work for me.

The top three things I look for when picking universities is the college look, what the college is really like, and the educational information about the college.

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What Is Best For Me

by Andie Campbell

As I searched for a college that would be the best fit for me there were certain characteristics that I looked for. I wanted a school that was know to give a great education, was close to home, and has a friendly environment. California Lutheran University gave me everything I wanted and more.

                After intense research of looking at statistics for the few remaining schools I was choosing between, it was easy to see California Lutheran University was the best. It had extremely high graduation rates, I even was able to sign up for a program that guarantees you to finish in four years. It also had the best statistics for getting where I want after I graduate. Also to mention their school has great connections and gives many students the opportunities to intern or work at great places while or after attending California Lutheran University.

                Another thing I needed was a school that I felt safe at and was close to home. Thousand Oaks is a wonderful area quite similar to my hometown which feels extremely safe. For wanting to stay close to home is because during my junior year of high school I had a grand mal seizure. It took 7 months for me to fully recover and be cleared for many activities, there are still small problems today, so I wanted to be close to home in case of an emergency.

                Last but not least, California Lutheran University is the most friendly environment. I have meet up with students that have or are currently attending there and all they have to say are great things. Also just from my few visits to the school I could see students and their faculty were eager to help us in every way possible. My family was looking for the administration the first time we were there and we accidentally walked into the alumni office and this lady ran back out to help us. She went above and beyond with giving us maps and circling important places, but also giving us silly little things such as pens and small flags.

                All these qualities really stood out to me, and seemed the best for me too.

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April 2017 Scholarship Essays


How Physics Taught Me How To Communicate

by Archie Smith

A wise man once said, “You are only as smart as you can convince people you are.” In a world where anyone can make their thoughts and opinions known to countless people in a matter of seconds courtesy of the internet, the intelligent people of the world face an important dilemma. How can they, the people who know best, make people listen to them and hear their evidence based rationales over the roaring din of every teenager on the internet with a blog? To each their own solution must be found, I for one found my answer in the physics classroom. My AP Physics teacher taught me that everything in our world can be quantified and measured. In other words: there is an equation for everything. This in mind I was able to teach myself a neat little parlor trick: I know exactly how high to hold an object to make it take one second to hit the ground. So now when I need to convince someone that I am an individual of scientific knowledge instead of just telling them I can show them. I just ask them to take a nearby item, hold it at the right height and time how long it takes for it to fall when they drop it. Then of course I tell them it will take exactly one second before they drop it. Sure enough every time the clock proves me right after the fact and my audience is immediately amused and more inclined to listen to me.

This is just the surface. Making people hear what you have to say requires constant proving and reproving of your validity as a source of information. Physics taught me everything I ever needed to prove myself time and time again. Do you want to know how many protons are in the sun? I can talk you through my three page calculation on it. Did you know if we replaced the entire continent of Africa with a solar panel we could produce our world’s energy needs ten times over? Because I did. People love fun facts, and physics has given me every fun fact I could ever need. This power to communicate my knowledge is just as valuable if not more so than any of my knowledge itself, and now this “wise man,” can quote himself whenever he wants. Which has made every homework packet worthwhile.

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Essay Submission

by Karlee

The class that I learned the most from in high school was without a doubt ASL. I learned a new language and a different grammar system, that I can use to effectively communicate with deaf people. It truly shaped my life because it fueled my desire to serve a LDS full time mission (an 18 month, unpaid service mission) because I realized that I really like communicating with people who aren’t like me. I like sharing knowledge with other people. It also helped me decide what my major is: Speech Pathology. I found a passion in ASL and I’m grateful I know what I want to do for the rest of my life.

However, my ASL class has also taught me important life skills. There was a girl in that class that had been on my color guard team several years before that I never got along with very well. In this class, we became great friends and I really learned how to reconnect with people I’d made previously negative judgements towards.

I’ve also learned communication skills. Obviously I learned to communicate with ASL, but just as importantly, I learned to communicate my feelings with other people. My teacher is a very caring man who always asked how I was doing. One day, I was having the worst day ever and I told him about it. This was difficult for me because I have always internalized my feelings but in this class I was able to take the first step in telling people how I really feel. That will be an invaluable skill in years to come.

A class that has the most educational value is not necessarily the ones that have the most educational content. A gifted educator not only teaches his or her subject material, but is also able to teach life lessons. They’re able to instill a passion for that subject in the hearts of their students, and once we discover that passion, our life is going to be shaped according to it forever.

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A Beautiful Mind

by Sarah Patterson

In high school I was introduced to a wide variety of topics. From in depth history lectures on communists leaders in South America, engaging discussion on ethics in literature to math equations that might as well have been my foreign language requirements. As much as these helped me develop into a well rounded, and well read high school student lots of them were just facts and figures. Just information to pass a test then forget quickly after. One class however changed not just what I learned but who I am.

My psychology class was different form most, it was a college level International Baccalaureate class taught by Mrs. Sunny Dee Allen, or as I called her my second mom. She integrated psychological [principles like short and long term memory, stress-reliving techniques, stereotype schemas and many more part of life we as student faced into the classroom and taught us how to deal with them in the real world. As we learned about stress management, we also practice meditation in class, took naps, sat on bouncy balls for stress relief and have talk therapy sessions. This class was not just a “learn to forget setting”; it was as “learn for life”.

This is what set me down the path to not just want to know why we should learn things, but how we learn them. I became interested in things like functions of the brain, why its easier for some people to memorize than others, how to overcome and work with stress even down to interpersonal skills. The skills acquired in this class were not only important for graduation, but more so for the friends and connections that have lasted a lifetime.

With that, I approach every subject in college (including my psychology minor) with a passion to understand the systems behind the topic, and not just what the professor has on the slide. This has set me apart from my peers not so much in that I get the best grade or am the best student, but in that I engage with the topic and the professors and am seen as a student who wants to learn and is willing to go the distance to get to know a topic. And this has made all the difference.

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How science has influence my life Essay Content

by Tanashi Chopra

I have learnt the science most in the high school and most importantly the Biology and even it is one of my favorite subject. Biology is actually the study of our surroundings as we learn about plants,animals and humans beings. The things we eat,drink and where we live its all part of biology. Biology has greatly affected my life as it teach me alot alot of things about that and how much it is important in my life. Biology helps me to understand our bodies about the nutrition and diet which is necessary for our body. For example: the amount of nutrients  our body need and of how many types of nutrients we need as protein,carbohydrates,fats,vitamin and mineral. I have learnt how much we should eat,what should we eat and in what amount we should eat so that I could keep my body fit and fine. Biology has make me understand about number of disease which could greatly affect the life of a human being. Biology has great impact on my life so that’s why I want to do major in Biology and do bachelor’s degree and I want to research alot about our surroundings as well as our body. I want to do medicine so that I could use my knowledge in this field and use my understanding of biology to figure out the problems of human bodies and disease which are affecting our life. Biology even help me to know about different species of flowers and plants and how could I try to save our environment. Plants are the most important part of our life as they give us oxygen to breathe. I come to know about different plants and what things they provide us which we really need in our life. So at last, I could say that biology has great Influence on my life and I’m considering it as my major subject of my further studies and my life.

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