Student, Roosevelt High School, Class of 2016,
I have spent my life growing up in a family that is different, but not in a way that would be expected. I was raised in a family with two disabled people, my mother with Rheumatoid arthritis and my brother, Jayme, with Autism. Growing up around people with disabilities does not seem like anything uncommon, but only because I did not know any other life. Being around my brother may not appear like it has distinguished me from other people, but it has allowed me to see things differently, even though I may not notice it. My brother, Jayme Tams, is roughly ten years older than I. When I was a child, I never noticed anything different about him, he was just my brother. I was not really able to tell at such a young age anyways; I never knew anything different. As I grew older, I began to notice the difference, and my parents explained to me that Jayme is disabled. Around the time when I was in first grade, I actually started to understand and see what my parents were talking about. When I was in elementary school, I had classmates with Autism. I enjoyed working with them because I knew how to help them. In my last year of elementary, the school placed me in a class without disabled children. That was because the school teachers thought I was spending too much time helping them with their work instead of doing my own. I am not sure how growing up in my unique family will affect me in the future. My biggest goal is to become a Computer Engineer. Computers have been a very large part of my life ever since I was young. Throughout my years, I have learned how to operate them well and even learn about some of the components. Computers are a big part of the present, and a large part of the future. Someday, they will hold the power and knowledge to cure diseases, and even prevent them. I hope to be one of those people that build or work on that technology. I want to help people in my own way, with technology. My passion is to make an impact on the world with what I build, with my knowledge and life experience.