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Desola Sobamowo-Harrison

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1x

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Bio

I am a very ambitious person who wants to learn everything there is to know about my interests. I have had a very deep passion and curiosity for technology since I was in the 5th grade. Although I have suffered from quite a few misfortunate events, I am fueled by the death of both my parents and as a first-generation college aspirer to make something out of myself and be successful in life to make them proud.

Education

De Anza College

Associate's degree program
2022 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Computer and Information Sciences, General
    • Computer Science

Castro Valley High

High School
2019 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Computer Science
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Test scores:

    • 1120
      SAT

    Career

    • Dream career field:

      Computer Software

    • Dream career goals:

      Senior Engineer

    • Extern

      National Research Group
      2024 – 2024
    • Intern

      Google
      2022 – 2022
    • Server

      Pinx Catering
      2018 – 20191 year

    Sports

    Basketball

    Intramural
    2017 – 20192 years

    Arts

    • School Band

      Music
      2013 – 2017

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Castro Valley Library — Stamp books
      2019 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Local Church — Microphone carrier, trash collector, food server, cook, dishwasher
      2015 – Present

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Hearts on Sleeves, Minds in College Scholarship
    In recent years, my journey into veganism has evolved from a personal dietary choice to a profound realization of its intersection with a broader social justice issue I am deeply passionate about: environmental justice. This intersection, which lies at the heart of both movements, has reshaped my everyday life, guiding my actions and choices towards a more compassionate and sustainable future. The core principle of veganism is to reduce harm and suffering inflicted upon animals. This ethos of compassion and non-violence extends beyond animal welfare, aligning closely with environmental justice – the pursuit of a healthy, sustainable environment for all, particularly for communities disproportionately affected by environmental degradation. The overlaps between veganism and environmental justice are numerous and significant. Firstly, the environmental impact of animal agriculture is a critical concern. It is a leading cause of deforestation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, contributing significantly to climate change. This not only affects the planet but also the lives of millions who face the brunt of environmental crises – often marginalized communities with the least resources to adapt and respond. Secondly, both movements challenge the unsustainable consumption patterns of modern society. Veganism questions the ethics of animal consumption, while environmental justice calls for responsible stewardship of natural resources. Together, they advocate for a shift towards more sustainable, ethical practices that respect all forms of life and the planet. Embracing veganism in the context of environmental justice has profoundly impacted my daily life. My dietary choices are more than just about health or animal welfare; they are conscious decisions to reduce my ecological footprint. I opt for plant-based options, understanding that this is a step towards mitigating climate change and promoting a healthier environment. This intersection has also broadened my activism. I find myself engaged not only in vegan outreach but also in environmental campaigns, advocating for policies that promote sustainability and reduce our collective impact on the planet. I participate in community initiatives aimed at reducing waste, promoting renewable energy, and supporting local, sustainable agriculture. Furthermore, this dual commitment has influenced my consumer habits. I am more conscious of the products I use, ensuring they are not only cruelty-free but also environmentally friendly. This extends to minimizing plastic use, supporting ethical brands, and reducing overall consumption. Navigating the intersection of veganism and environmental justice is not without its challenges. It requires constant learning and adaptation, as well as dealing with misconceptions and resistance to change. However, it also presents opportunities for meaningful conversations and collaborations across different movements. In conclusion, the intersection of veganism and environmental justice represents a unified vision for a more compassionate, equitable, and sustainable world. It transcends individual actions, influencing broader societal changes towards responsible consumption and environmental stewardship. As I continue my journey, I remain committed to these intertwined causes, recognizing that every choice and action, no matter how small, contributes to a larger movement for change. This intersection not only defines my everyday life but also fuels my hope for a better future for all beings and the planet we share.
    Jim Maxwell Memorial Scholarship
    The Jim Maxwell Memorial Scholarship embodies the spirit of resilience, faith, and the pursuit of education, values that deeply resonate with my own life story. As a student from a financially underprivileged background, this scholarship represents not just a means of support but a continuation of a legacy that aligns closely with my personal beliefs and experiences. For me, this scholarship opportunity is more than just financial assistance; it is a beacon of hope and affirmation that my faith and efforts are recognized and valued. Coming from a family where financial constraints have often threatened to derail my educational aspirations, this scholarship stands as a testament to the possibility of overcoming barriers through faith and determination. It symbolizes a pathway to achieving my dreams without the burden of financial strain overshadowing my academic pursuits. My faith has been the cornerstone of my life, especially in times of hardship. Growing up in a family that deeply values spiritual growth, I learned early on to lean on my faith in times of adversity. It has been a source of strength and comfort, guiding me through the challenges of losing a parent and navigating the complexities of adolescence in a low-income household. My faith has taught me to find hope in despair, strength in vulnerability, and courage in the face of obstacles. This unwavering faith was particularly crucial when I made the decision to pursue higher education. Despite the financial challenges and the daunting prospect of being the first in my family to attend college, my faith instilled in me the belief that perseverance and hard work, guided by divine grace, would lead me to success. Throughout my academic journey, there have been numerous instances where my faith has been a guiding light. Balancing school with part-time jobs to support my family, while maintaining a strong academic record, was a testament to my faith-driven resilience. My involvement in church activities and community service, even amidst a demanding academic schedule, further exemplified my commitment to living out my faith in practical ways. In school, I've channeled my faith into leadership roles, often spearheading initiatives to support fellow students facing similar challenges. This has been my way of giving back, guided by the principles of empathy and service ingrained in me through my spiritual upbringing. Looking ahead, I plan to utilize my faith as a guiding force in achieving greater heights. My aspiration is to pursue a degree in Computer Science, a field I am passionate about, and use my education to serve the community. My goal is to work on projects or initiatives that address social issues, guided by the principles of ethical and compassionate service that my faith teaches. I envision a future where my professional achievements and personal beliefs are harmoniously intertwined, allowing me to make a positive impact in the world. In conclusion, the Jim Maxwell Memorial Scholarship resonates deeply with my personal journey of overcoming adversity through faith. It represents an opportunity to honor the legacy of a remarkable individual while paving the way for my educational and spiritual growth. My commitment to my faith, combined with my academic aspirations, aligns with the mission of this scholarship, making this opportunity not just a financial aid but a stepping stone towards fulfilling my purpose and dreams.
    Shays Scholarship
    As a college-bound student from an immigrant family, my path to higher education has been a tapestry woven with resilience, hope, and ambition. This journey, deeply influenced by my family's immigrant experience, has shaped my motivations and aspirations, leading me towards a future in the fascinating field of Computer Science. My story begins with my parents, who immigrated to this country seeking better opportunities for their family. Their journey was fraught with challenges – navigating a new culture, learning a new language, and facing economic hardships. Yet, their unwavering determination and sacrifice laid the groundwork for my educational pursuits. Observing their hard work and resilience instilled in me a profound appreciation for the opportunities that education could afford. Growing up in a multicultural environment, I learned to navigate and appreciate diverse perspectives. However, as a child of immigrants, I also faced the complexities of straddling two different worlds. This experience honed my adaptability and resilience, qualities that have been invaluable in my academic journey. My motivation to pursue higher education is multi-faceted. Foremost, it is a tribute to my parents' sacrifices and a realization of their dreams for a better life. Education, in my view, is not just about acquiring knowledge; it's a means of empowerment and a catalyst for change. I see it as a tool to break barriers, challenge norms, and open doors to opportunities that were once out of reach for my family. Additionally, my experiences as an immigrant have fueled a desire to contribute positively to society. I believe that through higher education, I can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to make meaningful contributions to the world, particularly in areas that resonate with my personal experiences. The field that excites me the most is Computer Science. My interest in this field was piqued during my high school years, where I was fascinated by the problem-solving and innovative aspects of technology. Computer Science, to me, represents a perfect amalgamation of logic, creativity, and impact. It's a field that is constantly evolving, pushing the boundaries of what's possible, and transforming the way we live and interact with the world. What excites me about Computer Science is its applicability and potential for societal impact. Whether it's developing software to enhance educational access, creating more efficient healthcare systems, or innovating for environmental sustainability, the possibilities are endless. The prospect of being part of this dynamic and impactful field is both exhilarating and motivating. In conclusion, as a college-bound student from an immigrant family, my pursuit of higher education in Computer Science is a journey of fulfilling my family's dreams, overcoming challenges, and contributing to a world where technology can be a force for good. It is a path shaped by the resilience and hopes of my immigrant background, fueled by a desire to make a difference, and charged with excitement for the boundless opportunities that lie in the realm of Computer Science. This journey is not just about personal achievement; it's about honoring my roots and using my education to create a positive ripple in the world.