Letter from one of my inspiring 8th Grade AVID students:
"I am very determined to be a successful engineer in the future after attending college. I have many goals to pursue in life, but my most important is to make my parents proud. With that being said, I have not always had this motivation in my life. When I was growing up I did not have any intention to learn from my teachers. However, as I started to get older I would get into trouble with my so-called friends. I was usually getting searched by the school's resource officer at least two times a month for illegal substances and negative behavior. Then I started noticing that I was really hurting my parents and knew immediately that I had to stop after a conversation with my mom. So, now here I am in the 8th grade and a soon-to-be freshman in high school. And, due to the major changes I have made in the last year, I am currently a straight A student and enrolled in a college prep strategy class known as AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). AVID has challenged me to take harder classes, such as a math honors course, and encouraged me to apply to the summer academic program at The University of Maryland- College Park. With my hardwork and determination, I was accepted! I am extremely excited for the opportunity to attend The University of Maryland- College Park academic program and start my college career by taking my first course titled: Introduction to Engineering Design from July 9th- 28th. “This course introduces me to engineering and the engineering design process. While working in teams to design, build, test, and analyze a number of challenging robotics-oriented projects, I’ll learn fundamental engineering analysis methods and how to apply them using software packages.” This course important to my future since I desire to create and lead my own mechanic shop business in the next 10 years. Thus, this brings me to my BIG ask. I am asking for your help in contributing to my participation and future goals in life. I need to raise $4000.00 by June 20th in order to participate in the program (includes housing, food, course cost, and any special programming). If enough funds and contributions are raised it would be an opportunity of a lifetime. Your contribution would be a generous gift and blessing to me and my family. As a potential first generation college student, with my eyes set on making it to Columbia University any contribution is welcomed and will be a HUGE help for me in accomplishing my goals. Can I count on you?
Again, any contribution is welcomed and I thank you wholeheartedly for allowing me to express my story and my “pursuit of happiness” towards a better future. "
- Joseph Panzarella
- Irving A. Calderon
- Jeddy Yuan
- Ronald Moore
Organizer and beneficiary
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