Growing up, my father subconsciously integrated his love for mathematics in almost every aspect of my life. I remember Professor Larson blaring from our TV while my dad scribbled down notes for his calculus class. He taught me math concepts at an early age, and I developed the same passion for mathematics, fueling my desire to become an aerospace engineer. The first spacecraft I ever saw was the gargantuan Endeavor space shuttle. The magnificent, gleaming body of the aircraft stopped my heart, and I was in utter awe of the elegant curve of its wings and its gaping, powerful thrusters. The tip of its sparkling nose seemed to wink at me, as if beckoning. From this moment, aerodynamics, interstellar travel, and Mach speeds captured my mind and initiated my pathway to exploration. My interests in math and engineering were considerably heightened when I attended Tech Trek, a STEM program by the American Association of University Women. I remember building robots, a weeklong project, and the thrill that rushed through me when mine executed the commands I had painstakingly programmed into its computer. The thought that I had created this creature that could spin, wave, even dance, ignited a passion in me that burns to this day. I desire not only involvement, but leadership in this industry that delves into the unknown while expanding our present world, and so I begin with my school and community. Upon entering high school, I became involved in STEM clubs and associations and in other leadership and community groups. The aerospace industry is arguably the pinnacle of innovation, pushing limits with its rapid developments. The notion that we can create aircraft that challenges the boundaries of nature and defies the restraints of our world, is awe-inspiring. This fall, I have begun attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where I crave to obtain the skills necessary for an aerospace engineer and to further my education and level of thinking. I hope to work for the military and/or prominent space companies as a lead systems engineer and pilot. Additionally, I plan to impact future prospects for advancements in STEM fields internationally. This scholarship would aid me greatly in paying for the college education that will help me innovate and advance our society, as well as all of humanity.