It takes a village to raise a highschooler -My Mother
My name is Matthew Robillard, I am a sophomore at Ramstein High School, Germany, where my dad is stationed at the American Air Force Base. I've been selectively invited by faculty to the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) at the University of California Berkeley. Last year only six students in our entire school were invited, so it is an extreme honor for me to represent Ramstein High School at this prestigious event.
The NSLC is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore their interests at reputable Universities. The event will last nine days (if you are more interested, attached is a link to the program as well as a schedule) and during these nine days, I will be on the campus of Berkeley learning from college professors as well as guest speakers that have succeeded in the field. Past speakers have included: Steven Rogers, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, Craig Wortmann, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago, Shawn Miles Executive Vice President at Mastercard Global, and other professionals.
I chose the Business and Entrepreneurship program because I intend to become a business leader, improving the quality of life in communities around the world. However, at this time I do not have the financial resources to secure my attendance for the summer of 2020. If I get a job working for 10 dollars an hour and work 10 hours a week on top of my current schedule, it would take me over a year to save money, at which point this opportunity will have passed. I work hard in school, (with a 3.9 GPA) was a member of junior varsity cross country, track, and wrestling as a freshman. This year I ran on the varsity cross country team and am currently in the middle of the wrestling season. Lastly, I am a member of the High School Student Council, German club and Student2Student.
Through my extracurricular activities, I help my community in many ways; with Student2Student I have helped multiple students adjust from life in the United States into this overseas military environment. With the Student Council, I have organized and participated in fundraisers benefiting my class. I have also helped my community by tutoring fellow students in Algebra, Geometry, English, and AP World History.
I personally owe a colossal portion of that success to my coaches, teachers, friends, and family for helping me get this far. However, I can’t go any further without the financial help of the people who brought me here. So I ask for your help, my friends, and family; the village that helped me in the past, to donate any amount, and tell your friends about this fundraiser. My plan is to use this experience at UC Berkeley to one day create a business that brings advances in medicine and biotechnology to communities and individuals of all location and income levels. Any amount of generosity would be extremely appreciated.