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What's the Plan?

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Gabriel Kupersmith

on 19 December 2013

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Georgia Tech
GA Tech is located an North Ave NW, Atlanta, Ga. This college is known for being the best technical institution in the state of Georgia, and the Southeast. Admission fees start at $10,650 for in state students and $29,954 for out of state students. The cost of attendance starts at 20464 for in state students and $39,768 for out of state students. GA Tech currently offers ten internal scholarships for its students, but accepts many more from outside sources. Scholarships are administered by GA Tech itself, and can be received based upon academic requirements, such as GPA or in-class performance. GA Tech’s largest demographics are white students (62.5%) and Asian students (19.7%). Personally, I would not live on campus because I live on 17th street, so I can ride my bike to Tech. SAT scores on each section of the test range from 600 to 760, while ACT scores range from 28 to 36. The application deadline is typically January 10. GA Tech offers many interesting extracurricular activities, from solar car racing to track and field.

I am personally interested in Tech’s automotive and mechanical engineering programs. Having toured the facility, I know that these fields of study suit my interest perfectly and would be an exciting and beneficial course for me as a college student. I would like to attend GA Tech because of its convenience, the quality of education, the material taught there, and my familiarity with the campus.

Resources
Interview: Theo Harness

Kettering University Website: http://www.kettering.edu/

Kettering Extracurriculars: http://www.studentsreview.com/specific_detail.php3?uid=677&f=ExCuricular&d_short=GEMI&d_school=Kettering%20University&d_ads=scholarships,%20student%20loans,%20summer%20programs,%20grants

GA Tech Website: http://www.gatech.edu/

Collegedata.com: http://www.collegedata.com/cs/data/college/college_pg01_tmpl.jhtml?schoolId=1478

My Goals
My short term goals as a high school student are simple. In order to be successful, I need to improve my GPA as much as possible and focus on being a well-rounded student. I am already in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and classes that will look good on my college application. I participate in robotics, cross country, and the orchestra program. I am also looking for summer internships at local school (such as GA Tech), and car manufacturers such as Porsche and Kia. It is also necessary for me to start saving up money and looking at scholarship requirements. Because I will start to take the ACT and SAT junior year, I am already participating in College Board online training and studying my AP coursework. With this plan, I feel pretty solid in terms of a college education.
Automotive Engineering
Interview: Theo Harness
My neighbor and friend, Theo Harness, is an Atlanta architect and union actor who is extremely busy in the architectural and arts community here in Atlanta. At 17 years old, Theo left a small, poor Missouri town to study architecture at GA Tech. Through a combination of scholarships and personal loans, he graduated in 1968, only to be drafted into the Vietnam War. Theo spent the next two years of his life as an Infantry Staff Sergeant biding his time until he could get out of the war and come back to the U.S. He was able to leave the draft by enrolling in a small community college near his home town. During this time, he worked to find architectural internships and networked to get back to his chosen field. When a fraternity brother called him with a small job, he left to become an architect in Atlanta to draft public school buildings for the state of Georgia. Theo moved to Atlanta where he enjoyed reuniting with GA Tech alumni and participating in local theater productions, which he still does today. I asked Theo what his best advice was to anyone wanting to go to GA Tech: “GA Tech is such a great school that it should be free to anyone who really wants to learn. Unfortunately, it is not free, but never let that stop you. There is always someone out there willing to give you money!”
What's the Plan?
Aerospace Engineering
An aerospace engineer is responsible for the design and fabrication of the elements of aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In order to become an aerospace engineer, you need a bachelor’s degree in some form of engineering (preferably mechanical or electrical). In this career, math is extremely important, and can be used to calculate breaking points of materials, aerodynamics, flight patterns, and drag coefficients. Engineers working in this field average $97,480 per year. In order to be a good aerospace engineer, it is necessary to have an advanced understanding of aerodynamics and materials engineering. Companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman offer careers in aerospace engineering. Aerospace engineers typically work indoors with computers and technical equipment.

Aerospace engineering interests me because I find the science of flight fascinating, and the concept of designing a functioning aircraft challenging.

Kettering University
Kettering University is located at 1700 University Ave, Flint, MI 48504. This pre-college institution is known for being directly tied to the automotive industry. Tuition fees for the undergraduate program start at $17,800 for first year students, and $16,973 for returning students. Kettering is a scholarship program in itself. By attending this university as a pre-college program, you can pay for attendance at a major institution with little to no student debt. Kettering’s largest demographic is white non-hispanic (76.04%) with the rest of the population made up of minority groups. Because I do not live in Michigan, I would have to rent housing on camps, which costs $2,135 per term for the entering class. The cost is reduced to $1600 for returning students. SAT scores on each section of the test range from 520 to 700, while Act scores range from 23 to 31. The application deadline is typically December 15th. Kettering offers many interesting extracurricular activities, from go carting to robotics.

I am interested in Kettering University as a path to GA Tech and as a method for gaining connections in the automotive industry before I ever graduate from college. The reason I wish to attend Kettering is to receive financial aid when entering a four year program such as GA Tech.

My Timeline
An automotive engineer is responsible for the design and fabrication of the elements of motorcycles, automobiles, buses and trucks. In order to become an automotive engineer, you need a bachelor’s degree in some form of engineering (preferably mechanical or electrical). In this career, math is extremely important, and can be used to calculate breaking points of materials, fuel efficiency, top speed, and drag coefficients. Engineers working in this field average $78,160 per year. In order to be a good automotive engineer, it is necessary to be a team player and understand the intimate details of vehicle dynamics. Companies such as General Motors, Ford, and Chevrolet offer careers in automotive engineering. Automotive engineers typically work indoors with computers and technical equipment.

Automotive engineering interests me simply because I deeply enjoy cars and the mechanics that go into their design and fabrication.

As a student only two years away from college, I already have a good plan for what I want to do after high school. As a GA Tech hopeful, I know it is important to reach out to others to explore any and all possible resources that point me toward my goal.
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