My name is Sara Thomas, and I am currently 18 years old. I’m from Katy, Texas and I graduated last June from Seven Lakes High School. I have two sisters, one older, one younger, and two very supportive parents. I love music and rollerblading. Listening to music makes even the most boring of activities fun, while rollerblading I had rediscovered one day in the summer and relived part of my childhood flying across the pavement in my neighborhood. My favorite subjects in high school were math and science, and because of that, I decided to pursue engineering as a career. I have several favorite quotes, one of which is by Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Another is by William James, it was one printed across the back of my high school’s Interact club’s t-shirt, “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
Campus and Community Involvement
I love to volunteer. It feels good to give back to a community that gave me so much. I learned basically everything I know now from public schools; it’s only right that I should give some of my time back. I like to play tennis and basketball, but only as a hobby. As I said before, I do love music, and I was in choir in High School. However, most of my extracurricular activities include volunteering, whether in groups, or on my own time. I also worked this past summer.
Awards and Honors
In high school, I received the honor of being named a National AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction by the College Board my junior and senior year. My senior year, I also received the Commended Scholar Award. I pursued music my first three years in high school, and I received the highest ratings on solos in UIL in 2009 and 2010. I also received the distinction of being a District and Region Choir Member from 2008-2010. Aside from being awarded the Tier One and the Honors College Scholarship, I have yet to win awards at University of Houston.
At the moment I am not taking any languages, although I do have a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish from High School, which is something I want to pursue in college. I think I would love to go anywhere to study abroad- Eastern Europe, Israel, China- there are too many places that I want to visit and learn about, not only to add such an experience to my major, but also to learn about the people and the culture there.
I don’t think I know enough about my major to know what my research project will be about. I know I want my research to help other people, whether its finding ways to provide electricity or power to impoverished areas, or finding a more energy efficient way to generate power, and hopefully, I’ll be lucky enough to get the chance to do exactly what I want.
I chose to become an engineer to help people. I’m not the type who can run a charity organization, I want to be there, on-site, helping others improve their lives, and because I like math and science, to me, engineering seems the best way to go. I want to earn my MS, although I’m still unsure of trying to earn my PhD. However, I do know that somewhere in my future I’ll do some major volunteering, probably Engineers without Borders or something similar to that, and of course, I want to work, and if I’m fortunate, I’ll get a job that needs me to travel.