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John Mendez ’18

 

Graduating this year from: Davies Career Tech High School. Favorite subject: Math. Also programming. Career goal: Computer engineering. Why: “I went to a College Crusade program in middle school, and one of the speakers was an engineer who talked about wind turbines, and ever since then I knew I wanted to be an engineer.” Senior project: Programming for a wireless gaming system. Summer internship experiences: Installing cables on a submarine at Electric Boat. Programming, constructing, and testing a submersible at the Newport Undersea Warfare Center. Awards: SkillsUSA Rhode Island gold medal in Electronic Technology. Latest accomplishment: Applied for a LEDA scholarship (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) last year and made it to the finals. Latest challenge: Spending his entire senior year of high school in the Running Start program at Community College of Rhode Island. “This whole year has been a challenge. College life is different from high school. The material is very condensed, and you have to keep yourself on track.” Why he chose dual enrollment: “I felt limited at school and wanted the opportunity to learn more advanced math and science. My parents always taught me to do as much as I can because it will pay off later.” Also: “It’s a way to save a lot of money, since I might be able to skip a whole year of college.” What the experience has taught him: “A work ethic is important. Your teacher isn’t going to do it for you. And the workload is more challenging. You can’t just memorize facts and forget them after a test. You have to learn and retain everything.” Some college courses he has taken this year: Intro to Literature, Scientific Programming, U.S. History, Engineering Graphics, Precalculus, Composition 2, Microeconomics. College credits he has earned: 30. Plans to attend: University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development program. About my College Crusade advisor: “She encouraged me to apply for the LEDA scholarship. It showed me what I was capable of. When I was eight years old, I never thought a kid like me could be a national finalist in something like that.” What he looks for in a friend: Someone who he can get to know naturally over time. What he does for fun: Plays soccer and basketball, hangs out with friends and family. Biggest unknown about college: What it will be like to transition from CCRI classes to URI classes. Advice for middle school Crusaders going into high school: “Always take the initiative and never slack off. It will help you get farther in life.” Dream job: He has an open mind to all the possibilities.

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