YuJa Announces 2022 Scholarship Winner

Nathan Arora
Nathan Arora
College student poses with her dog on a trail with fall colored leaves on trees in the background.

Students entered essays on a variety of topics, including artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, video conferencing, medical advancements, deep fakes, and more.

A panel of judges selected Alexis (Lexi) Curran as the winner. Lexi is a student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, where she is majoring in hospitality management. Her essay was titled “Emerging AI in Healthcare and its Impacts on the Modern World.” In it, she highlights the development of technology such as Google Health, along with the advantages and disadvantages of such technology. 

Read more about Lexi below. 

Tell us about yourself.

“Because of my unique perspective, my goal for the future is to become a travel agent who specializes in helping disabled people travel the world. “

My name is Lexi, I’m 20 years old, and I’m a hospitality management major at Kennesaw State University. I love to travel and go on adventures with my service dog, Nova. 

Nova helps me navigate life living with epilepsy, and really opened my eyes to the world of the disabled community and how often we are discriminated against. Because of my unique perspective, my goal for the future is to become a travel agent who specializes in helping disabled people travel the world.  

What has been your best experience in school? 

As for grade school, my favorite experience by far was being a part of my high school marching band. We became two-time grand champions my freshman year and there’s nothing quite like that feeling you get seeing all your months of hard work pay off in the best way possible. As for college, I’ve only been here for two years, but so far, my favorite experience has been connecting with other service dog handlers around campus and learning from them.  

What influenced your choice of major? 

I really enjoy planning vacations for my family, and my mom suggested one day that I could make it into a career. So, I combined my love for traveling and my want to help people into the perfect career path for me. 

How do you envision yourself in five years? 

My main goal is that I hope I am happy. Ideally, I would be traveling the world with my service dog and helping others do the same, living somewhere I love and feel safe. 

What do you hope to learn from your college experience? 

I really hope to learn how to interact with people from all walks of life, and how to navigate important conversations with people who won’t agree with me. 

What extracurricular activities do you enjoy? 

I love board games, playing with my dogs, building Legos, painting, reading, and playing video games. I also love any adventuring I get the chance to do, such as traveling, snorkeling or ziplining.  

About YuJa

YuJa is a leader in ed-tech solutions. Our platforms provide organizations of all sizes with the tools to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. We serve learning organizations of all sizes, within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate delivering engaging video experiences. We have legal headquarters in Delaware with primary U.S. offices in Silicon Valley, California and Canadian offices in Toronto.

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