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Iulia Lapicus

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Nice to e-meet you! I am a graduate student in the MS Technology Innovation program, an interdisciplinary field focusing on developing new solutions in the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. With a passion for harnessing the potential of emerging technologies to address critical issues, I am eager to employ design thinking to shape the development of innovative solutions that benefit people and communities. My foundation in STEM fields, combined with the enriching experiences I've gleaned as an immigrant in the United States, has shaped my distinct approach to problem-solving and innovation. I am particularly fascinated by the intersection of human-computer interaction, accessibility, ergonomics, and smart prosthetics technology, seeking opportunities where these domains overlap to create inclusive, user-friendly, and impactful technological advancements. Outside of school, I love playing tennis, exploring the outdoors, and listening to music. I also enjoy learning about different cultures, which helps me understand the world better and enriches my approach to creating technology.

Education

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Master's degree program
2022 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Human Computer Interaction
  • GPA:
    4

California State University-Long Beach

Bachelor's degree program
2016 - 2021
  • Majors:
    • Graphic Communications
  • Minors:
    • Human Computer Interaction
  • GPA:
    3.7

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Information Science/Studies
    • Human Computer Interaction
    • Graphic Communications
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Technology

    • Dream career goals:

      Product Management

    • Digital Marketing Specialist

      WePlay Music
      2020 – 20211 year
    • Digital Communication Assistant

      California State University, Long Beach
      2019 – 20201 year
    • Graphic Designer

      Zora Digital
      2021 – Present3 years
    • Digital Marketing Specialist

      Glebewood Consulting
      2021 – Present3 years

    Sports

    Golf

    Intramural
    2023 – Present1 year

    Tennis

    Intramural
    2016 – Present8 years

    Research

    • Human Computer Interaction

      University of Washington — researcher
      2022 – Present

    Arts

    • California State University, Long Bech

      Graphic Art
      Hindsight Design Show 2020
      2016 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      GABA Film Initiative — Event Staff
      2018 – 2018
    • Volunteering

      National Honor Society — Student Volunteer
      2019 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      Goethe-Institut Los Angeles — Event Staff
      2018 – 2018

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Beyond The C.L.O.U.D Scholarship
    In pursuit of my passion for technology, design, and engineering, I embarked on a challenging journey in STEM, an ambition that seemed overwhelming at times, but my determination never wavered. Now, as a Master's student at the University of Washington in Seattle, I am gradually turning these dreams into reality. I am studying Technology Innovation, a program offering an interdisciplinary approach bridging traditional STEM subjects with entrepreneurial execution. This curriculum has provided me with an enriching academic platform, allowing me to delve deep into various areas such as hardware and software engineering, product management, and entrepreneurship - all critical for delivering innovative solutions in our increasingly interconnected world. Throughout my academic journey, I have focused on harnessing technology as a force for positive change. I've been involved in several projects to develop smart devices that enhance accessibility for individuals with disabilities. One of these initiatives was the creation of a voice-activated smart lock system. Another project I hold close to my heart is the development of a smart cane for the visually impaired, which utilizes ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles and provide haptic feedback. These projects have honed my technical skills and underscored the profound societal implications of technological advancements. Looking forward, my ultimate career goal is to contribute to the field of smart prosthetics. With rapid advancements in technology, I firmly believe that prosthetics can transition from mere replacements to sophisticated tools capable of restoring and even enhancing human capabilities. My aim is to leverage my education in Technology Innovation to design smart prosthetics that can revolutionize the lives of amputees, offering them more than mobility, providing them with a renewed sense of freedom and possibility. As a woman in STEM, I am acutely aware of the gender gap in the field. Therefore, I am committed to being a part of the solution, working to inspire and motivate other women to pursue their passions in STEM. I aim to demonstrate that dreams in STEM are fueled by unwavering passion and perseverance. In conclusion, I believe I deserve the Beyond the C.L.O.U.D Scholarship due to my resolve to challenge boundaries, my aspiration to drive innovation in STEM, and my commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the field. This scholarship will bring me one step closer to achieving my career goals and making meaningful contributions to the STEM community. My goal is to apply the knowledge and skills gained from my education to create innovative solutions, improve accessibility, and help bridge the gender gap in STEM and business. By doing so, I hope to uphold the core principles of Beyond the C.L.O.U.D - breaking barriers and empowering the next generation of women in STEM and business.
    Connie Konatsotis Scholarship
    Born and raised in Moldova, a small Eastern European country, I was immersed in a landscape marked by technological limitations. This environment, paradoxically, sparked a profound curiosity and passion within me for the expansive possibilities of technology, engineering, and design. Driven by this yearning, I crossed continents to pursue a career in STEAM in the United States, a goal that seemed an unattainable dream in my home country. As a Master's student at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying Technology Innovation, I am inching closer to fulfilling my dreams. The interdisciplinary ethos of my program has provided an educational platform that uniquely marries traditional STEAM subjects with the practicality of entrepreneurial execution. I have been fortunate to engage with software and hardware engineering, product management, and entrepreneurship, all integral to creating innovative connected devices in our contemporary world. Throughout my academic journey, I have devoted my efforts to projects that leverage smart technology to promote accessibility for individuals with limitations. One such project involved designing a voice-activated smart lock system. I perceive technology as a potent catalyst for transformation, capable of expanding opportunities and altering lives. A project that bears testimony to this belief is a smart cane for the visually impaired, equipped with ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles and provide haptic feedback. This endeavor not only refined my technical skills but also deepened my comprehension of the societal impact of technological progression. Identifying with Connie's reverence for the balance between the Arts and Sciences, my own academic path embodies this harmonious fusion. My journey began in graphic design during my undergraduate studies and then evolved into a focus on technology innovation for my graduate degree. This blending of fields fosters a comprehensive perspective, leading to the creation of products that are not only technologically proficient but are also imbued with a deep empathy for the user. This approach allows me to bridge the divide between technology and humanity. As I gaze into the future, I am resolute in my ambition to contribute to the field of smart prosthetics. I am persuaded that the swift march of technology can redefine prosthetics from mere replacements to sophisticated tools that restore and potentially augment human capabilities. With my knowledge of Technology Innovation, I aspire to design smart prosthetics that can radically improve the lives of amputees, imbuing them with a renewed sense of possibility and independence. In an era where STEAM advancements continuously redefine the boundaries of the possible, I am dedicated to transforming the 'impossible' into tangible realities. I deeply resonate with the ethos of The Connie Konatsotis Scholarship Fund and am grateful for the opportunity to further align my journey with Connie's vision. Through the pursuit of my Master's degree and beyond, I intend to uphold Connie's legacy by advocating for women's representation in STEAM and working towards creating innovative solutions that make a positive impact on society. This scholarship would greatly aid my journey, and in doing so, contribute to the broader goal of promoting gender equality and women's education in STEAM, a cause that Connie Konatsotis passionately championed.
    Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat Scholarship
    Born and raised in Moldova, a small Eastern European country, I encountered the real magic not in the enchanting tales of Harry Potter but in the captivating world of STEM. Amidst the scarcity of resources and opportunities in my homeland, the spark of curiosity and passion within me refused to extinguish. Instead, it kindled in me a courage and daring spirit that mirrored those of a Gryffindor, strengthening my resolve to pursue my dreams. My life began to parallel the journey of a brave Gryffindor who stands their ground in the face of fierce adversaries. The aspiration to explore the uncharted wonders of possibilities in the United States seemed as impossible as defeating a dragon with a mere wand. However, much like the brave at heart, I refused to step down; I chose to face my challenges with an unwavering nerve, a daring spirit, and a steadfast determination. As I embarked on my journey, crossing the globe to become a Master's student at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying Technology Innovation, I began to see my dreams metamorphose into reality. The interdisciplinary nature of my program, a brilliant blend of traditional STEM subjects with entrepreneurial execution, served as the perfect playground for my ambitions. These rich and diverse opportunities were akin to the magical moving staircases at Hogwarts, constantly leading me toward newer, more exciting horizons of knowledge and innovation. Living true to the Gryffindor spirit, I channeled my acquired knowledge into creating a positive impact, treating technology not merely as a tool but as a magical enabler with the potential to transform lives. My pursuit led me to the development of smart devices like a voice-activated lock system and a smart cane for the visually impaired. These projects not only reflect the essence of chivalry and fairness embodied by a true Gryffindor but also resonate with my personal commitment to creating an inclusive world. Each challenge I overcame, every project I undertook, felt like a duel won, a test passed, bolstering my belief in my Gryffindor-like qualities. My ultimate career goal of working in the field of smart prosthetics aligns with the ethos of Gryffindor, bravely breaking barriers and daringly treading paths less taken. I aim to harness the rapid advancements in STEM to transform prosthetics from mere replacements to sophisticated tools that enhance human capabilities. In a world where STEM advancements are redefining possibilities, my Gryffindor spirit compels me to transform the 'impossible' into a tangible reality. As I continue my academic and professional journey, I strive to uphold the values of courage, daring, and chivalry that characterizes Gryffindor. I am determined to inspire others, proving that dreams, like magic, know no boundaries. Despite my humble beginnings, much like the lion that proudly represents Gryffindor, my roar resounds across continents, resolute and unwavering, as I strive to redefine possibilities and transform lives.
    Anastasiya Y. Hardie Women in Engineering Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up in Moldova, a developing country in Eastern Europe with limited resources and opportunities, I developed an unwavering determination to make a difference. The stories of American innovation inspired me, and I knew that moving to the United States would give me a chance to fulfill my dreams. Upon arriving in the United States, I faced numerous challenges as I worked tirelessly to support myself while earning my first degree in graphic design at California State University, Long Beach. Balancing multiple jobs and schoolwork was not easy, but the experience taught me the true meaning of hard work and dedication. During this time, I also volunteered and led a student design organization, further honing my skills and giving back to the community. In addition, I participated in an amateur tennis club, which provided a healthy outlet and allowed me to forge new friendships. My journey continued as I joined the Master of Technology Innovation program at the University of Washington. This interdisciplinary program allowed me to explore my newfound passion for engineering through hands-on projects, such as building connected devices and robotics solutions with real-world applications. One of my ongoing projects is the development of an accessible voice-control home access and security system designed to make everyday tasks more convenient for people with disabilities or mobility challenges. During my time at the University of Washington, I discovered my true calling – robotic prosthesis control. The potential to change the lives of amputees and individuals with mobility impairments ignited a fire within me. I knew that by developing advanced robotic prosthetics with intuitive controls, I could give people independence and improve their quality of life. Over time, America has become my new home. Despite facing numerous challenges and initially having no technical background, I am now on track to graduate at the top of my graduate program. In the future, I hope to join a technology company to gain experience and further develop my skills. Eventually, I plan to start my own venture, utilizing my knowledge and passion to create innovative solutions that will change lives. Coming to America has been an incredible journey of growth and self-discovery. The resources, mentorship, and opportunities I've encountered have allowed me to learn, innovate, and ultimately work toward achieving my goals. As an international student from Moldova, I am proud of the challenges I have overcome. I am determined to make the most of this opportunity to contribute positively to the field of technology innovation. This scholarship is important for me as it will ease the burden of my growing student debt. Studying in the US has been financially challenging, and this scholarship would support my continued efforts to make a difference through technological innovation, contributing to a brighter and more inclusive future for all.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    If I could have everyone in the world read just one book, I would choose "Man's Search for Meaning" by Dr. Viktor Frankl. This profoundly moving and insightful work has personally impacted my perspective on life and the pursuit of happiness. The book's lessons on finding meaning and purpose, even in the most challenging circumstances, resonate with me and have the potential to inspire individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life. "Man's Search for Meaning" offers an intimate account of Dr. Frankl's experiences as a Holocaust survivor and a psychiatrist who developed logotherapy, a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of discovering meaning in life. The book interweaves Frankl's harrowing experiences in concentration camps with his insights on the human condition, demonstrating the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. In today's fast-paced and often uncertain world, many people grapple with feelings of emptiness, depression, and anxiety. "Man's Search for Meaning" speaks to the heart of these struggles, offering a refreshing and transformative perspective on life's challenges. As someone who has personally faced difficult moments, I have found solace and inspiration in Frankl's belief that meaning can be found through various avenues, such as creative work, love, and experiencing suffering with dignity. Frankl's message resonates with me on a deeply personal level, serving as a reminder that, regardless of the challenges we face, we can still find meaning and purpose in our lives. By discovering our sense of purpose, we not only survive adversity but also grow and thrive from our experiences. If everyone in the world were to read "Man's Search for Meaning," I believe it would foster a greater sense of empathy, understanding, and resilience among people from all walks of life. The book's insights on finding meaning in adversity, overcoming suffering, and embracing personal responsibility have the power to create a more compassionate and purpose-driven world. As a testament to the strength of the human spirit, Frankl's work offers a unique and invaluable perspective that can inspire us all to live a more meaningful life.
    Career Search Scholarship
    Throughout our lives, our career choices play a critical role in shaping our personal fulfillment and overall happiness. I have always believed that one's career should not only provide financial stability but also offer opportunities for growth, creativity, and a sense of purpose. As a student who has already experienced a change in career direction, I understand the importance of giving careful thought to my future career and am currently exploring potential paths that I believe will bring me fulfillment and allow me to leave a lasting impact on the world. My journey began when I completed my first degree in graphic design. After working in the field for a short time, I realized that this career path did not provide the opportunity for the kind of impact I aspired to make. I wanted a career that would allow me to innovate, create, and contribute positively to the world around me. With this realization, I decided to pivot and pursue a degree in a STEM field. I am now a Master of Technology Innovation student at the University of Washington, where I am learning to build connected devices and robotics solutions. My studies encompass a range of courses in software and hardware engineering, technology strategy, and product design, which provide me with a comprehensive understanding of the field. Nowadays, as I continue to explore potential careers, I am primarily considering two paths: technical product management and product design within the technology industry. I believe both of these tracks offer the opportunity to create innovative solutions that can make a tangible difference in people's lives. By working at the intersection of technology and human-centered design, I hope to develop products and services that are not only useful but also improve the quality of life for those who use them. To help me make the best possible career decision, I am actively utilizing the resources available on campus. By participating in workshops, networking events, and career counseling sessions, I am gathering valuable insights into what a fulfilling career looks like for me. I am also fortunate to work with several mentors who guide me in navigating my career options and provide me with invaluable advice and support. In conclusion, I am dedicated to exploring potential careers that will bring me fulfillment and allow me to make a meaningful impact on the world. By pursuing a degree in technology innovation and actively engaging in the process of career exploration, I am confident that I will be able to find the right path for me. Receiving this scholarship will be a crucial step in supporting my journey toward a fulfilling and impactful career.
    I Can Do Anything Scholarship
    In my dream version of myself, I am a highly-educated, healthy, and ambitious individual who invests time and effort in helping others succeed and flourish in their lives.
    Climate Conservation Scholarship
    As individuals, our daily choices have a profound impact on the environment. From the products we consume and the mode of transportation we choose to the way we dispose of our waste, our actions can either contribute to the health and sustainability of our planet or contribute to its degradation. In order to strive for a more sustainable way of living, I try to make conscious choices on a daily basis. One way I do this is by reducing my consumption of single-use plastics and opting for reusable alternatives whenever possible. This includes carrying a reusable water bottle and shopping bag, as well as using a reusable coffee cup and containers for my food. I also try to minimize my use of disposables by bringing my own utensils and containers when eating out. One of these is by being mindful of the products I consume and choosing those that are made from sustainable materials or produced in an environmentally-friendly manner. This includes looking for products that are made from recycled materials, using natural or organic ingredients, or are produced using renewable energy. It also means being selective about the brands I support and choosing those with a good track record regarding sustainability. Another way I try to live sustainably is by reducing my energy consumption at home. This includes turning off lights and electronics when they are not in use, using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, and setting my thermostat to a more energy-efficient temperature. I also try to reduce my water usage by taking shorter showers, fixing any leaks in my home, and using a low-flow toilet. Finally, I try to reduce my waste by recycling and composting whenever possible. This means separating my recyclables from my trash and making sure they are properly disposed of, as well as composting food scraps and yard waste in order to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills. I also try to reduce my carbon footprint by choosing more eco-friendly modes of transportation. This includes walking, biking, or taking public transit whenever possible rather than driving my own car. I also try to carpool or use ride-sharing services when I do need to drive. In addition to reducing my own environmental impact, I also try to educate others about the importance of sustainability. This includes sharing information about the benefits of eco-friendly practices and encouraging others to make more sustainable choices in their own lives. Overall, I believe that it is crucial to be mindful of the impact our daily choices have on the environment and to take steps to live in a more sustainable way. By making small changes in our daily routines, we can collectively make a big difference in the health and well-being of our planet.
    Si Se Puede Scholarship
    Perseverance is a trait that I hold in high regard. To me, it means the tenacity and determination to keep going, even in the face of adversity or setbacks. It is the ability to push through challenges and keep working towards a goal, no matter how difficult the journey may seem. As an immigrant to the United States, I have had to persevere through many obstacles in order to achieve my dreams. Immigration requires a great deal of perseverance, as it often involves navigating a complex and challenging process, often alone. This was certainly the case for me, as I immigrated to the United States by myself at the age of 19. The journey was not easy, and I had to persevere through many challenges to make my dream of living and working in the United States a reality. This included dealing with the bureaucracy of the immigration system, adapting to a new culture and way of life, and building a new support network in a foreign country. All of these tasks required a great deal of determination and resilience, as I had to keep pushing forward, even when things got tough. However, my perseverance paid off, and I am now able to live and work in the United States, pursuing my dreams and building a new life for myself. One of the biggest challenges I have faced is deciding to switch my career track from graphic design to engineering. This was a difficult decision, as I had already invested a lot of time and effort into studying graphic design. However, I knew that becoming an engineer was my true passion and would allow me to pursue my dream of becoming a technology innovator in the field of connected devices and developing new solutions for medicine. Making the switch meant starting over in many ways. I had to go back to school and complete additional coursework in order to qualify for an engineering program. This required a lot of hard work and dedication, as I had to balance my studies with my job and other commitments. Despite the challenges, I never gave up. I persevered through the long hours of studying and the difficult coursework, knowing that it was all worth it in the end. And my perseverance paid off – I was accepted into an engineering program and am now well on my way to achieving my dream. To me, perseverance is about more than just achieving a specific goal. It is about having the determination and resilience to keep going, no matter what life throws your way. It is about never giving up, even when things get tough. And it is this trait that has helped me overcome the challenges I have faced as an immigrant and allowed me to pursue my dreams with confidence and determination.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    Gaining a better understanding of the nature of our universe is a pursuit that has captivated human beings for centuries. From the earliest observations of the stars and planets to the most advanced scientific theories of today, we have always been driven to learn more about the world around us and our place within it. There are many reasons why it is important that we continue to work towards a better understanding of the universe. One of the most fundamental is simply the desire to know. As human beings, we are naturally curious creatures, and we have an innate desire to understand the world and our place within it. By studying the fundamental principles that govern the universe, we can satisfy this curiosity and gain a greater appreciation for the complexity and beauty of the world around us. In addition to fulfilling our innate curiosity, a deeper understanding of the universe can also have practical benefits. For example, advances in our understanding of electromagnetism and thermodynamics have led to the development of technologies such as electricity and heat engines, which have revolutionized the way we live and work. By studying the principles of physics and cosmology, we can learn how to harness the natural forces of the universe to our advantage, leading to the development of new technologies and innovations that can improve our lives and the world around us. To better understand the nature of the universe, we can employ a variety of ideas and concepts. One of the most fundamental is the scientific method, which involves formulating hypotheses, conducting experiments, and analyzing data in order to test and refine our understanding of the world. Another important concept is that of causality, which allows us to understand the relationships between different events and processes and how they influence one another. In addition to these general principles, there are also many specific fields of study that can help us better understand the universe. For example, astronomy and astrophysics allow us to study the structure and evolution of the universe on a large scale, while particle physics and quantum mechanics allow us to delve into the smallest scales of matter and energy. By combining the insights from these diverse fields of study, we can begin to paint a complete picture of the universe and how it operates. Overall, the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the nature of our universe is an essential part of the human experience. By studying the fundamental principles that govern the cosmos, we can not only enrich our own lives, but also make important contributions to the betterment of society and the world as a whole. As we continue to advance our understanding of the universe, we can look forward to a brighter and more prosperous future for all of humanity.
    Your Dream Music Scholarship
    One song that has the most important message to me is "Imagine" by John Lennon. This song speaks to the deep desire that many of us have for a world that is free of conflict, suffering, and inequality. It invites us to imagine a world where people are united and where everyone is able to live in peace and harmony. The message of "Imagine" is particularly relevant to our world today. We live in a time of great division and strife, with people divided along the lines of race, religion, and ideology. We are constantly bombarded with images of violence and hatred, and it can be easy to lose hope for a better future. But "Imagine" reminds us that there is another way. It encourages us to imagine a world where everyone is able to live in peace and harmony, where there is no need for violence or conflict. It reminds us that we all have the power to create this world and encourages us to take action to make it a reality. In addition to its message of peace and unity, "Imagine" also speaks to the importance of empathy and understanding. It invites us to put ourselves in others' shoes and to see the world from their perspective. It encourages us to see the common humanity that we all share and to recognize that we are all connected. Overall, "Imagine" is a powerful and moving song that carries an important message. It reminds us of the possibilities that exist for a better world and encourages us to take action to make that world a reality. It is a song that I find myself returning to again and again, and its message continues to inspire and motivate me.
    Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
    My experience with mental health has had a profound influence on my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. Growing up with a father who struggled with alcoholism had a major impact on me. As his addiction worsened, my father lost interest in the things he used to love, and he became distant and detached from the rest of the family. I watched as he became a shadow of his former self, and I struggled to understand why he was unable to overcome his addiction. My father never sought mental health treatment because he did not believe in the importance of mental health. He grew up in a time and place where mental health was not widely understood or accepted, and he was taught to believe that mental health issues were a sign of weakness or failure. As a result, he never considered seeking help for his addiction, and he struggled with his addiction for many years. By denying the importance of mental health, he was unable to recognize the root causes of his addiction, and he was unable to seek the help he needed to overcome it. This ultimately had a devastating impact on his life, and it had a major impact on the lives of those around him. When I first arrived in the United States as an immigrant, I was struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation. I had left my friends and family behind in my home country, and I was struggling to adjust to life in a new place. As a result, I started to feel depressed and anxious, and struggled to focus on my studies. Despite these challenges, I was determined to succeed and pushed myself to keep going. However, I could barely get by and struggled to finish my degree. It was only when I finally decided to seek professional help for my mental health issues that things began to turn around. I started seeing a therapist and learning more about the root causes of my anxiety and depression. With my therapist's support, I could develop coping strategies and build my resilience. As a result, I was able to finish my degree with great results, and I was accepted into my dream graduate school. Looking back, I am grateful for the experience I have had with mental health. It has taught me the value of seeking help when you need it, and it has shown me the importance of mental health in overall well-being. My experience with mental health has also influenced my relationships. I have learned to be more open and honest with the people around me, and I have been able to build stronger and more supportive connections with my friends and family. I have also become more empathetic and understanding of others, and I have learned to be there for the people I care about when they need support. In terms of my career aspirations, my experience with mental health has made me determined to use my degree in technology innovation to contribute to the field of healthcare. I am particularly interested in developing connected devices that can help people access mental health care, and I am excited about the potential of technology to improve people's lives. I believe that by using technology to connect patients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals, we can help to make mental healthcare more accessible and affordable for people around the world. Overall, my experience with mental health has been a defining moment in my life. It has challenged my beliefs, changed my relationships, and shaped my career aspirations. I am grateful for the lessons I have learned, and I am determined to use my knowledge and skills to help others in the future.
    Women in Technology Scholarship
    As a Technology Innovation Master's student, I have always been passionate about using technology to improve people's lives. I originally started my college career as a graphic design major, but I quickly realized that I was more interested in the technical side of things. I wanted to be able to create and build things that would make a real impact, and I saw a lot of potential in the field of connected devices and healthcare technology. I made the decision to switch career tracks and pursue a major in Technology Innovation. This was a big change for me, but it was one that I knew was right. I was excited about the prospect of using my technical skills to create innovative solutions that could improve healthcare access for people around the world. In the future, I plan to use my knowledge and experience to build tech startups that focus on creating connected devices for the healthcare industry. I am particularly interested in exploring the potential of using technology to assist with remote patient monitoring, telemedicine, and other innovative solutions that can help people receive the care they need, regardless of their location. One of the key ways that connected devices can make healthcare more accessible is through remote patient monitoring. By using sensors, wearables, and other technologies, healthcare professionals can monitor patients' vital signs and other health data remotely without needing in-person visits. This can be especially beneficial for patients living in remote or rural areas or those with mobility issues. In addition to making healthcare more accessible, connected devices can also help to make it more affordable. By enabling remote monitoring and telemedicine, connected devices can help to reduce the need for in-person visits, which can be expensive and time-consuming. This can help to lower healthcare costs for patients, making it more affordable for them to receive the care they need. My MS Technology Innovation program helps me to develop a strong understanding of the technical aspects of connected devices, including how they work, how they are built, and how they can be used to improve healthcare access. This requires me to study a range of subjects, including electrical engineering, computer science, and software development. I am excited about the potential of connected devices to revolutionize the healthcare industry and am eager to continue learning and growing as a technology innovator. I believe that my major in Technology Innovation has prepared me well for a career in this field, and I am confident that I will be able to make a meaningful contribution to the field of connected healthcare devices.
    Financial Literacy Importance Scholarship
    As a student, it is important for me to manage my finances well to ensure that I have the financial resources I need to succeed in my studies and achieve my goals. One of the main reasons why managing my finances is essential is because it allows me to budget my money effectively. As a student, I have limited income and need to make sure that I am spending my money wisely. By creating a budget, I can track my expenses and ensure that I am not overspending on unnecessary items. This can help me to avoid getting into debt and ensure that I have enough money to pay for my essential expenses, such as tuition, rent, and groceries. Another reason why managing my finances is important is because it allows me to plan for the future. As a student, I have many goals and aspirations, and I need to make sure that I am financially prepared to achieve them. By managing my finances well, I can save and invest my money wisely, so that I can afford to pay for my education, start a business, or pursue other opportunities that may arise. This can help me to build a strong financial foundation and set myself up for success in the future. To manage my finances well, I take several steps. First, I create a budget that outlines my income and expenses so that I can see exactly where my money is going. I also track my spending using a personal finance app (Rocket Money) so that I can see how I am doing against my budget and identify areas where I may be overspending. In addition, I make an effort to save money whenever possible. I look for ways to reduce my expenses, such as by finding cheaper housing or switching to a cheaper cell phone plan. I also try to save a portion of my income each month to build up a financial cushion and have some savings to fall back on in case of emergencies. Finally, I seek out financial advice and resources when I need them. I talk to my parents, friends, and other trusted sources to get advice on managing my finances. I also use online resources, such as WiseGEEK, to learn more about money management and get tips on how to save and invest my money wisely. In conclusion, managing my finances is important for me as a student because it allows me to budget my money effectively, plan for the future, and build a solid financial foundation. By taking steps to manage my finances well, I am setting myself up for success in my studies and my future career.
    Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
    As an MS student in technology innovation focused on developing connected devices for healthcare, I am particularly intrigued by the possibilities of smart prosthetics to help people. A prosthetic is a device that replaces a missing body part, such as an arm or a leg. In the past, prosthetics were mainly designed to help people with mobility issues, allowing them to move around more easily. However, advances in technology have led to the development of smart prosthetics, which are equipped with sensors and other technologies that can provide users with greater control and functionality. One of the key ways in which smart prosthetics can help people is by providing them with a greater sense of control and independence. Traditional prosthetics are often limited in their functionality, requiring the user to rely on assistive devices or support from others to perform certain tasks. Smart prosthetics, on the other hand, can be controlled using the user's own movements, allowing them to perform a wider range of activities without assistance. This can help to improve the user's quality of life and reduce their dependence on others. Another way in which smart prosthetics can help people is by providing them with a more natural and intuitive experience. Traditional prosthetics can often feel cumbersome and awkward to use, leading to discomfort and frustration for the user. Smart prosthetics, on the other hand, can be designed to mimic the natural movements and sensations of the missing body part, providing the user with a more seamless and comfortable experience. This can help to improve the user's confidence and self-esteem, as well as their overall enjoyment of life. In my studies, I am working on developing smart prosthetics that can help to improve the lives of people with mobility issues. For example, I am exploring the use of sensors and other technologies that can enable smart prosthetics to respond to the user's movements in real time, providing them with greater control and flexibility. I am also investigating the use of machine learning algorithms that can help to customize the prosthetic to the user's unique needs and preferences. Overall, smart prosthetics have the potential to significantly improve the lives of people with mobility issues, providing them with greater control, functionality, and comfort.
    Bold Patience Matters Scholarship
    In my opinion, patience can be characterized as a state of readiness to act, a conscious choice in which there is an opportunity to wait until intuition tells us the way out. It means being able to wait your turn, knowing that the right moment will surely come. After you have done everything possible to achieve your goal, patience involves trusting in the natural course of events, really knowing when you can temporarily let things slide. With patience, you can put your own needs on hold and still feel that this approach is reasonable and right. Why? Intuition very intelligently informs patience. It will definitely tell you when you need to hold back, continue working in your chosen direction or wait a little longer. I am ready to talk about patience day and night, because this feeling is so deeply intuitive and inextricably linked to finding the right moment, that it is impossible to achieve excellent results without it. Patience is not the same as passivity or detachment; it is strength. Moreover, it is a way of gaining emotional freedom, allowing you to wait, observe, and know exactly when to act.
    Bold Dream Big Scholarship
    As Katherine Paterson once said, "A dream without a plan is just a wish." Although my dreams may seem ambitious, I developed a holistic vision and a solid plan for the next 10-15 years. My passion will lead me to start a design and marketing consultancy that offers design and technology solutions to companies around the world after I graduate from grad school. I will be a mentor to others. I will lead by example and create opportunities for other people. I will pursue social justice and opt to support non-profits, charities, and community efforts with my profits. I will have my own house in a quiet suburb, where I will live with my future family. I hope to pass on my life wisdom to my children and to open all the doors to better education that I did not have as a child. I will support their endeavors and raise them to be worthy human beings. I will live a fulfilling and meaningful life. It will be my own road and I want each page of my life story to be full of adventure. I will write a book about what really matters to me. Several years of immigration struggle will culminate in my becoming a citizen of the United States. The world's wonders will come alive for me when I travel to new countries. Ultimately, I will find a balance between my personal and professional lives.
    Bold Great Books Scholarship
    When I was at a tough crossroads of life, my father gave me the book "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. "The Alchemist" is a philosophical tale about finding your way in life: “if you truly want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." When I read it, it was as if I drank from a glass of pure water to the bottom and quenched my thirst for knowledge, with each "sip," with each page I read, I became a little wiser. It is filled with deep philosophical meaning and ideas, but this book is not just a wise statement of thoughts, this book clearly shows the way of life step by step, the way of a wise and decent man illuminating the whole world. The key concept that underlies the narrative of the journey of the shepherd Santiago is the concept of “one's destiny.” Whenever we do something with joy and pleasure, it means that we are following our destiny. However, not everyone has the courage to follow this path, seeking to meet their cherished dream. These and other similar thoughts at one time greatly influenced my decisions and actions, and who knows where I would be today if I had not come to these conclusions. The book reveals the author's philosophy of life. This is truly an extraordinary work from a literary point of view, and so much so that it can fascinate even non-readers, preferring the screen to the book page. Coelho's books inspire people, directing them to find their highest purpose in this life.
    Bold Financial Freedom Scholarship
    The most helpful piece of financial advice I received was in college, when one of my most influential professors advised me to never stop learning. Change is the law of life. People who stop learning after high school or college are bound to start staying away from those who are constantly learning new things: reading books and articles, attending conferences, and taking courses to advance in their field. It has been proven that people who constantly learn earn more money. They use education as a source for new ideas and inspiration. They are aware of the state of the economy and know what financial decisions are worth making today to exaggerate their income rather than lose it. Darius Foruks, entrepreneur and author of three books on increasing productivity, admits that when he already had two college degrees, he decided to stop and no longer study. He stopped reading, attending conferences, and looking for knowledge to help him develop. Then he noticed that things were not going well in business either. That is, when he studied, his earnings increased, he was more successful and his successes were apparent. But as soon as he gave up his education, he got the opposite result. Last but not least, education allows you to be surrounded by other educated, successful and wealthy people. The right social environment challenges us to be our best selves. A knowledgeable person will not be out of work even in the harshest of crises. Any skill and knowledge can be monetized, so the more knowledge, the more opportunities to increase income. This advice is relevant to everyone and at all times.
    "Wise Words" Scholarship
    Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” A quote from one of history’s most transformative and inspirational figures hung in one of my school classrooms. It was only as an adult that I learned the full story behind this quote. In his fight for freedom and justice for African Americans, Martin Luther King Jr. faced threats, criticism, and was even imprisoned more than 20 times. Yet, he continued to run the race for justice. His story has become an inspiration to people all over the world because he showed that justice can be achieved through nonviolent means if you continue to believe and fight for your cause in spite of adversity. This saying inspired me even in the darkest times of my life, when I was diagnosed with cancer and depression in the middle of my junior year. When I felt like I was starting to give up, I remembered this quote and the story of the Great Martin Luther King Jr. This statement helped me to keep fighting, even when it was hard and painful, to keep moving forward and to achieve my goals in small steps. There are many things beyond our control, but despite all the twists and turns of fate, we can choose to move forward. We can dream, set goals, and become the best version of ourselves every day. We can confront negativity by spreading knowledge, kindness, and love.
    Imagine Dragons Origins Scholarship
    I was born and raised in Moldova, a little country in Eastern Europe. Immigrating to the United States has been a dream and a goal I have been pursuing most of my conscious life. At 19, I got accepted to California State University, Long Beach, to get a world-class education that would allow me to get a job and stay in the U.S. Growing up in a country with one of the weakest economies in the world, I know what it is to eat buckwheat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know what it is like to live in fear for myself and my family when business rivals beat my father before my eyes until he was hospitalized. I know the inaction of the police, the corruption in all areas of life, severe unemployment, trafficking of women. I remember when my parents were building a business and brought a lot of children's clothing from abroad, but overnight, someone broke into the warehouse and stole almost all the items. My parents lost the business and all the money they had accumulated over the years, and the thieves were never found. Despite my sincere love for my homeland, I wanted a better future for myself. The culture of my country does not encourage women to work, especially in the applied sciences, such as information technology, where 97% of employees are men. But being a housewife was not part of my plans. Since I was 13, I worked part-time to help my parents and pay for the English and coding courses, as well as for a music school I went to after classes. I was committed to education and grasped every opportunity to learn something new. I became a multiple award winner in computer science competitions among high school students from all over the country. The philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” When I turned 19, I boarded the plane and 16 hours later found myself on American land for the first time. I felt slight vertigo from the scale of everything around me: I had never seen such large airports, tall buildings, and such an incredible variety of ethnicities and cultures in one city. On weekends, I would get on the bus and go explore the neighborhoods around Los Angeles. Living in the U.S. gave me access to museums, concerts, and cuisine from all over the world. One day I was lucky enough to win a ticket to see Jimmy Kimmel Live, when my favorite band, Imagine Dragons, performed. I was in the front row! To pay for my education in the U.S., my parents sold the apartment I inherited from my grandfather. Unfortunately, this money was enough for a year and a half of education, after which I became a serious burden for my parents. My visa allowed me to work only on campus. and I managed to find a job as a Digital Communications Assistant after a very long time, but I was given 12-15 hours for minimal pay and there was barely enough money for food. With the help of on-campus advisors and legal consultants, I was able to get a work permit for international students who face severe financial hardship. In my senior year, I was challenged to work full-time while studying full-time and working on my capstone projects. Being an international student holds you back from many things you can do here in the States. Besides having to pay higher tuition and not being able to work off-campus, international students like me are disqualified from most scholarships and FAFSA. In addition, I developed fears that I would not be able to find a job and stay legally in the U.S. For the first few years, while my English was not good enough, I felt lonely. I developed depression and anxiety, which I have been treating for several years now. Two years ago I also survived cancer, but thanks to American medicine it was diagnosed at an early stage and I survived only one surgery, of which now only a scar will always remind me. Despite all the trials of immigration, I feel that I am stronger than ever. Like in a famous Imagine Dragons’ song, the adversity I came across in life was what helped me grow to “become a believer in myself.” I can see the world from different angles and I have developed an incredible sense of empathy and love for people. Today, I am going back to school as a graduate student of User-Centered Design and Engineering. My goal is to work as a digital product lead to advance systems and technologies for people and communities to create accessible, sustainable, and prosperous futures. I believe that my history of overcoming, dedication to education, and perseverance will help me to make an impact and inspire other immigrants to strive to the stars. If I am fortunate enough to receive this scholarship, it will ease the burden of financing education and improve my chances of getting a work visa which will allow me to continue to move toward immigration and obtaining a Green Card.
    Pandemic's Box Scholarship
    The pandemic taught me to better prioritize, adapt to change, and live in better harmony with myself and the world around me. I got more time to take better care of my health: distance learning freed up more time for sleep, which I had so neglected for four years in college. I learned how to cook instead of consuming fast food between classes on campus. Pandemic has accustomed me to exercising in absolutely any condition: lockdown, rain, hot summer - I will always find a way of activity most harmoniously suited to the particular situation. After all, there is nothing easier than laying out a yoga mat at home and quietly doing a ten-minute stretch. Nature and solitude have replaced purely urban "entertainment," which even before the pandemic, I had very little of. But now more than ever, I realized that for complete happiness and a harmonious worldview I need only the opportunity to walk with dogs anywhere in the city and to make jogs in the fresh air. The rest of the restrictions and prohibitions do not bother me much, because I can live perfectly well without restaurants, transportation, visits to public events, and aimlessly staggering around shopping malls.
    Bold Generosity Matters Scholarship
    I once read a powerful parable that changed my understanding of generosity forever. A man came to the Buddha and asked him, "Why am I living in poverty, why am I suffering so much? What is the reason?" The Tathagata saw the karma of all living beings, so he explained to the man that he was greedy and selfish and thus has nothing in his life. Then, the man, saddened, asked: "What is to be done?" The Buddha replied, "Sacrifice.” The man objected, "What can I sacrifice when I myself have nothing? To which the Buddha gave invaluable advice: "What do you mean you have nothing? You have hands that you can use to help others, you have feet that you can use to benefit others. You have a beautiful smile with which you can put people in a good mood, you have a tongue with which you can speak kind words.” And the man, inspired by the advice, went to practice the paramita of giving. Giving does not have to be material. Even if we have nothing material in this life, we can share knowledge with people – it will be even a nobler form of giving. In case we do not have that either, we can just be benevolent to all living beings and if we cannot help with advice, we can at least listen to a person and comfort them with kind words. The development of generosity is gradual. Our mind is often dominated by selfish motivations, but the road goes by the walker. I learned to start small: treat people kindly, to begin with.