Why I Chose a S.T.E.M. Career? By Jaden Johnson
At some point in everyone’s life we have our goals, we have our dreams, we have our aspirations, and at some point we have to ask ourselves why we want to do what we want to do. I found myself asking myself that very same question over and over again. What do I want to do? Why do I want to do it? Why? Finally, I decided that I wanted to be an engineer and build something with my own hands that would be able to help others. I chose a career in S.T.E.M. above all others from being a doctor, a lawyer, or anything else because it allied with my passions and what I love to also my goals to helping the world in my own way and making an impact. But I could only come to this realization through living out my life and through the years it would help me build on this realization and answer the question of Why I chose a S.T.E.M. Career?
From as early as I could remember I loved science, I had a natural love for it and admired it ever since I was just a little kid from the moment I saw the huge world around me. For me I wanted to learn more about it, the world which I inhabited and called home so as to satisfy an ever growing desire for knowledge and understanding. My mother loves to tell the story of how I, at the young age of 3 years old, would sneak and watch The Animal Planet in the middle of the night. She would awaken to check up on me and would have to venture off to find me. Inevitably, I would be settled in the living room fixated on the television fully engaged in the whatever fact-filled episode playing. By the age of 5, I was a walking encyclopedia of animal and bug facts for anyone within an earshot of me. I still love learning about animals and that early love of science is what pushed me toward pursuing a career in S.T.E.M.
However, there was still the decision for me to make on exactly what field to aim towards. Around the time before I would go to high school I would attend a program with the distinguished Lockheed Martin company. Looking at the many engineers at work inspired me, but also building and doing activities really made me happy and helped push me into wanting to be an engineer. Furthermore, it was this relationship with Lockheed Martin where I decided that it was a mechanical engineer that I really wanted to be. It was the broadest field and with it I can work in a vast amount of areas and with many different people. From that moment on now moving on to high school I knew exactly what I wanted to be and why. I would go through high school through every advanced placement course I could do to help me achieve my dreams into becoming a mechanical engineer, and as for my own ” why?” I would do so in the hopes of better understanding the world but more so with my own hand helped to make it better for everyone.
So if anyone were to ask me why in particular I choose a S.T.E.M. career? The answer to a question like that would be very easy for me to say. I love science and I have ever since I was a child; Moreover, it was this love, this passion which drove me to pursue a S.T.E.M. career. It stuck with me as I grew older through all the difficulties, the trials, as well as the tribulations because I truly had faith in this love and believed it would lead me to do great things not just for myself but for others as well. What more is there to answer why you do something than to simply say you love doing it? Why else do we live, if not to pursue what we love and push through challenges, if not because of that same love. Therefore, I find myself choosing a S.T.E.M. Career because of my love of science, as well as my belief of what I can do pursuing a career in S.T.E.M.