Envision Program Student Reflection

Envision Program Student Reflection
Posted on 09/11/2014
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First, I would like to thank whoever nominated me to participate in the Envision Program.  My experience at National Youth Leadership Forum of Careers in Engineering and Technology was nothing short of one of the best weeks of my life.  Staying a week at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, learning in more depth about engineering than any high school class could ever cover in the normal curriculum.  There wasn’t a single person there out of the 200 participates from around the world who didn’t want to be there.  None of us knew each other, but we all had the same mindset for education, we all felt that our world today is turning to technology faster and faster.  We want to be the people who give the world the type of technology it wants so much.

My week was full of educational opportunities, not just for what I am looking for but for all types of engineering.  One day, we would be working on web and game design and the next we took classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology learning how to build, program, and use robots on computers and iPhones. 

Everything there was getting you ready for college from staying in an actual dorm room to eating breakfast and having a morning meeting in the lecture hall at 7:00 a.m.  Then you starting attending seminars on whatever classes you are taking that day, to going to the classes and doing the work on your own time.  They never woke anyone up that wanted to sleep in or make them go to a class. That is up to you to make that decision to want to learn. After the morning lectures you would start classes at 9:00 a.m. and they would end at approximately 9:00 p.m.  When our classes were done, we would then go to a common area outside or in the lobby outside our rooms with other classmates to learn more or to do extra work that you’re not forced to do but wanted to show the professors and the school how dedicated you are to the program.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston Churchill.  With that said, I ask you if you ever get the opportunity to greater your education will you take the challenge? I know I am glad that I did.  Just off of that week alone, I will never forget the friends I made from all over the world.  They will always be there through my life just to make it that much easier.  I also enjoyed all of the different types of engineering that I learned. I especially enjoyed visiting and taking classes off campus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is something I will never forget.  Don’t just sit around waiting for college or just waiting for your high school diploma. I want you to rise to the challenge, do what your other fellow students don’t have the guts to do.


Jeremy LaCroix

Grade 11