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Estefania Paulino

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Bio

Hello! I'm a creative individual with a deep passion for building and designing, which is why I've always been captivated by the world of architecture. My love for LEGO sets and the Marvel universe has fueled my imagination and sparked my curiosity for creating intricate and visually appealing structures. From constructing elaborate LEGO replicas to indulging in the immersive storytelling of Marvel comics and movies, I've found inspiration in every aspect of these hobbies.Aside from my architectural aspirations, I also have a profound love for exploring new culinary experiences and experimenting with different flavors in the kitchen. Cooking allows me to express my creativity in a different way, and I find joy in crafting delicious meals that bring people together.

Education

Binghamton University

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2024

Fordham High School For The Arts

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Architecture and Related Services, Other
    • Civil Engineering
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Architecture & Planning

    • Dream career goals:

      To create my own Architecture and engineering firm.

      Sports

      Tennis

      Club
      2024 – Present7 months

      Volleyball

      Varsity
      2022 – 20242 years

      Awards

      • Captian

      Arts

      • Tamico Dance Company

        Dance
        Volia 2024 Showcase
        2023 – 2024
      • CTE Technical Theatre

        Theatre
        Our Town, Fame, The Crusible , Once on this island , Clue, Shrek The Musical , Dance Concert , Instrumental Concert, Winter showcase
        2020 – 2024

      Public services

      • Advocacy

        Student Leadership Team — Student Leader
        2020 – 2024
      • Volunteering

        National Honor Society — President
        2023 – 2024
      • Volunteering

        BronxWorks — Project manager
        2023 – 2024

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Volunteering

      Entrepreneurship

      Middle Eastern Scholarship for Political Science
      Ellen Ochoa, a beacon of resilience, is an exemplary female role model who has shattered gender barriers to achieve remarkable success in the male-dominated field of aerospace engineering. Her inspiring journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, dedication, and the ability to overcome obstacles on the path to success. Ellen Ochoa, born on May 10, 1958, in Los Angeles, California, was captivated by science and technology from an early age. This early fascination set her on a trajectory that would defy traditional gender roles. Despite societal expectations and stereotypes, she relentlessly pursued her passion for science and mathematics. Ochoa earned her bachelor's degree in physics from San Diego State University and later went on to obtain her master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where she also conducted groundbreaking research in the field of optics. In 1990, Ellen Ochoa made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to travel to space when she served as a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery. Her pioneering achievement shattered gender and ethnic barriers, inspiring countless individuals and underscoring the crucial importance of diversity and representation in STEM fields. Ochoa's groundbreaking journey not only showcased her technical expertise but also demonstrated the vital role that women can play in aerospace engineering and space exploration. Following her historic spaceflight, Ochoa made significant contributions to aerospace engineering. She held various leadership positions at NASA, eventually becoming the director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in 2013, where she demonstrated exceptional leadership and a solid commitment to advancing the agency's missions and objectives. Throughout her career, Ochoa has been a vocal advocate for STEM education and has worked tirelessly to inspire future generations, particularly young women and underrepresented minorities, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Ellen Ochoa's impact extends beyond her groundbreaking achievements in aerospace engineering. Her resilience, dedication, and commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and promoting diversity and inclusion have solidified her role model and trailblazer status. By breaking through gender barriers and excelling in a field historically dominated by men, Ochoa has inspired countless individuals to pursue their passions and overcome societal expectations and biases. In conclusion, Ellen Ochoa's remarkable journey inspires individuals worldwide, illustrating the transformative power of determination, resilience, and the ability to break through gender barriers to achieve success. Her contributions to the field of aerospace engineering and her advocacy for STEM education have left an indelible mark, empowering future generations to pursue their aspirations and defy societal limitations. Ellen Ochoa's legacy as a pioneering female role model in aerospace engineering continues to inspire and pave the way for a more inclusive and diverse scientific community.
      Harry B. Anderson Scholarship
      My love for STEM started with my love for LEGOS—crazy, right? The joy I experienced from creating complex designs with Legos ignited a spark for civil engineering and architecture. I asked myself, "Why does it need such a strong base?" "What is the point of these legos on the inside if I'm trying to get my final result, which is the outside?" Legos sparked questions only civil engineering could answer and a deep interest in understanding how real-world structures are conceived and built, making me want to create my own structures. It did not take me long to realize that my love for Legos opened a gateway to a future career in engineering and design. This early exposure to construction principles laid the foundation for my eventual civil engineering and architecture goal. It helped me grasp the fundamental concepts of structural and design aesthetics. I became captivated by the idea of applying the principles I had learned from playing with Legos to solve real-world engineering and design challenges. The transition from toy bricks to drafting blueprints felt natural and exciting as I began to see the practical applications of my childhood fascination. Building with Legos taught me the value of patience, creativity, and attention to detail, which continue to serve me well as I pursue my academic and professional endeavors in STEM. As I pursue my dream of opening my firm to create buildings that define gravity, like Idina Menzel once said, I am grateful for the inspiration and skills my love for Legos has instilled in me. My passion for Legos has propelled me toward a fulfilling career that bridges creativity and purpose in STEM. Born and raised in the vibrant Bronx community, I am deeply committed to giving back to my roots. I aspire to create impactful community projects aimed at uplifting and supporting those in disadvantaged circumstances. By leveraging my expertise, I aspire to create and establish educational facilities and shelters that will serve as foundations of hope for those in need, and with a good education in STEM, I'll achieve just that. Receiving the $5,000 Harry B. Anderson Scholarship would be life-changing for me. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my education and less on the financial aspects of school. It will relieve the burden of taking time away from school work to work and provide for my education. With this financial support, I can dedicate more time and energy to my studies, pursue internships, and participate in extracurricular activities related to my field of interest without worrying about managing educational expenses.
      Learner Math Lover Scholarship
      I have always found math to be a fascinating subject, and this year, I challenged myself to take AP Calculus during my senior year. Mathematics has always been an intriguing and captivating subject for me. From an early age, I found joy in solving problems, exploring patterns, and unraveling the mysteries behind numbers. The world of math has always felt like a grand puzzle waiting to be solved, and delving into its depths never fails to excite me. One of the main reasons why I love math is its universal language. Regardless of where you are, the rules and principles of mathematics remain constant. This gives me a sense of connection to something larger than myself. Moreover, the logical reasoning and critical thinking skills that math produces have greatly influenced my approach to problem-solving in everyday life. The ability to analyze a situation, break it into smaller, manageable parts, and apply logical reasoning to reach a solution is valuable. In addition, math provides a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment like no other. The moment when a challenging problem finally clicks, or a complex equation simplifies into an elegant solution is incredibly rewarding. Taking AP Calculus this year has allowed me to deepen my understanding of mathematics further and challenge myself in new and exciting ways. The rigor and depth of this course have tested my problem-solving skills and pushed me to think critically about mathematical concepts. It has been a challenging yet enriching experience that further solidified my love for math.
      Morgan Levine Dolan Community Service Scholarship
      Receiving this scholarship is not just a financial support but a transformative opportunity in my journey towards a career in architecture. It will enable me to access a quality education that might have been beyond my reach. This degree is essential for me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to a more environmentally responsible world through sustainable design and construction practices. The scholarship will relieve the financial burden, allowing me to focus on my education and future career without the fear of overwhelming student debt. As an aspiring architect, I am deeply committed to designing and constructing buildings that serve the needs of individuals and communities and minimize their environmental impact. With this scholarship, I will have the opportunity to learn from experienced faculty and industry professionals who can impart invaluable knowledge and insights into sustainable architecture. The funding will also allow me to participate in specialized workshops, internships, and research projects that are integral to developing a deep understanding of environmentally conscious design principles. I am committed to using this knowledge and experience to drive sustainable change in the architectural industry. Furthermore, the scholarship will provide me with access to resources and technology vital for gaining hands-on experience in architectural design and construction. This includes the opportunity to work with cutting-edge software, tools, and materials essential for creating innovative and sustainable structures. By investing in my education, this scholarship will empower me to explore new ideas, experiment with different approaches, and ultimately contribute to the advancement of sustainable architecture. In addition to the academic benefits, this scholarship will also enable me to engage in extracurricular activities, such as community service projects and organizations focused on environmental conservation and sustainable development. These experiences will complement my formal education, allowing me to apply my knowledge and skills in real-world scenarios and make a positive impact on local communities. Ultimately, the scholarship will support my academic journey and provide me with the means to pursue internships and networking opportunities within the architecture industry. These experiences will be instrumental in shaping my professional development and preparing me for a successful career as an architect dedicated to creating a more environmentally responsible world. In conclusion, the financial support provided by this scholarship will play a pivotal role in shaping my education and future career in architecture. It will allow me to pursue opportunities that I might not have been able to afford otherwise and equip me with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to contribute meaningfully to the field of sustainable architecture. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to receive this scholarship. I am committed to using it to turn my passion for architecture into a force for positive change in the world.
      Hispanic Achievement Scholarship
      Winner
      As a child, I was always fascinated by the endless possibilities of building structures with Legos. I would spend hours creating intricate designs, and this early love for building and design has driven me to dream of pursuing a professional degree in architecture. My only problem was that, from a young age, I was told that Architecture and engineering is a "man's job." I went all through middle school thinking I could not be an architect, Not only because I am a female, but a Hispanic female without so many opportunities like a child my age from upstate. It took me until High School to realize that jobs are not designated to someone due to gender and that opportunities are not taken away from me due to my culture or where I live but that my culture shows my dedication to what I do; it shows my style, My impact! I want to pursue my degree to become a skilled architect who can create sustainable and functional structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible. I am passionate about using design to improve people's lives, and architecture offers a unique opportunity to do just that. I aspire to work on large-scale projects in my architecture firm that are known to positively impact communities, such as schools, public spaces, and homes. I want to use my skills to create buildings that meet the needs of their occupants and contribute to the overall well-being of the surrounding environment. I want to build homes for people to walk in and say, "This is my home!" I want people to be comfortable in their homes and for it to be passed down by generations so every generation of a family can enjoy its beauty. Ultimately, My purpose in pursuing a professional degree at Binghamton University is to learn from experts in the field and collaborate with my peers to develop innovative solutions to complex design challenges. This career will be not only fulfilling but also fun. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to turn my passion for building and design into a profession, and I believe that with the Hispanic Achievement Scholarship, I can do just that.
      Mario Perez Architecture Scholarship
      As a child, I was always fascinated by the endless possibilities of building structures with Legos. I would spend hours creating intricate designs, and this early love for building and design has driven me to pursue a professional degree in architecture. I am pursuing this degree to become a skilled architect who can create sustainable and functional structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible. I am passionate about using design to improve people's lives, and architecture offers a unique opportunity to do just that. I aspire to work on large-scale projects in my architecture firm that are known to positively impact communities, such as schools, public spaces, and homes. I want to use my skills to create buildings that meet the needs of their occupants and contribute to the overall well-being of the surrounding environment. I want to build homes for people to walk in and say, "This is my house!" I want people to be comfortable in their houses and for it to be passed down by generations so every generation of a family can enjoy its beauty. Ultimately, My purpose in pursuing a professional degree at Binghamton University is to learn from experts in the field and collaborate with my peers to develop innovative solutions to complex design challenges. This career will be not only fulfilling but also fun. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to turn my passion for building and design into a profession, and I believe that with the Mario Perez Architecture Scholarship, I can do just that.