@ak2018 is currently a rising junior at Virginia Tech majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and currently minoring in Mathematics and Green (Environmental) Engineering. He transferred from George Mason University after his freshman year and even with all of the ups and downs he faced as a transfer student, he has come to absolutely adore the Virginia Tech community and the accompanying quaint, little town that is Blacksburg, Virginia. Although he spent his first semester at Tech trying to acclimate to everything, he is slowly, but surely, starting to become more involved in clubs and organizations, his two favorite being the Virgina Tech Union and the VT Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Moving forward, he would like to spend the last two years he has at the university to leave his mark and create a legacy for himself in the way of Ut Prosim, which translates from Latin to “That I May Serve”.
@ak2018 is proud to say that he is a Carnegie Mellon SAMS 2017 alum as well as VASTS (Virginia Aerospace and Science Technology Scholars), VESSS (Virginia Earth System Science Scholars), and NYSC (National Youth Science) program alums. The middle two are exclusive opportunities to high school students in Virginia, however, there are similar programs in multiple states. He would say that these programs really shaped who he is today. Feel free to ask any questions about application tips or more information about these programs. In terms of his actual high school, in his opinion, he felt like the average overachiever. A fair number of AP and dual enrollment classes, mainly in STEM, and pretty decent extracurriculars, his favorite being his school’s two robotics teams. He also loved volunteering, has done so since he was 12 and continues to help out with robotics teams in his area as an alum. In terms of his more numerical stats, he would prefer to not focus on those. The irony of the situation is, those scores truly lost their weight the second he made his college decision and became even more so irrelevant once he transferred.
@ak2018 thinks his particular college journey is so unique because during his first two years, for better or worse, he has attended a different school almost every semester but this past one (which has become a little joke among his friends and family). He is still nowhere near being an expert on how to accurately describe the college experience, but with his past four semesters having felt like each of their own separate realities, he can certainly try. Feel to ask me anything about life past the college acceptance letter as well as questions about the research he did his first semester at GMU, the semester abroad that followed, his internships and his overall freshman and sophomore experience.
@ak2018 will be our Guest Student of the Week so make sure to ask any questions you may have, especially about the university, his time spent studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and anything pertaining to his very cutting-edge, and apparently first-of-its kind, planetary science research with NOAA and NASA and how he was able to start working with these organizations. And yes, for all those wondering, this pretty much all happened in the span of a year. GO HOKIES!