BGCMC middle school members submitted 21 essays for this year’s Ford Driving Dreams Essay contest. Participating members were asked to write a 500-word essay based on the following criteria; tell readers about their dream, how their dream will positively impact others, what inspires their dream, and is there something they hope to achieve this school year to get closer to their dream?
Contest winners for 2018 are Angel D. (who won a $450 Visa gift card and a Macbook Air), Donovan G. (who won a $350 Visa gift card and a Macbook Air), and Melina M. (who won a $200 Visa gift card and a Macbook Air). Thank you to our wonderful judges Peter Nielsen, Paula Robichaud, and Susan Meister!
The Ford Driving Dreams Essay contest was made possible by our partnership with the Ford Motor Company. Thank you to Rocio Navarro, Finance Manager at Cypress Coast Ford’s, for presenting the awards to our winners!
By Donovan G.
Ever since I was a young boy, I have dreamed of becoming an automotive designer. The reason why I have chosen this as my career path is because I have always been interested in motor vehicles and the making of them. I also hope to attend Art Design school in Pasadena, California because they offer a degree in industrial design with a specialty in auto design. I think that because of my imagination, I would be able to create very impressive car designs. By attending Art Design school, I would have the opportunity to learn even more about auto design and become a very valuable employee to a great car design company someday.
I believe that my dream will positively impact others in many ways. One way that becoming an auto designer will positively impact others is by taking into consideration the opinions of others when I am sketching designs for the visual appearances of cars. Another way that my dream will positively impact others is by bringing the image of their dream cars to life. There are many things that inspire my dream. My dad and my uncle have both inspired my dream of becoming an auto designer because they both work at a car dealership. As a result of their work with the dealership, I have gotten the opportunity to see many interesting different cars and see how excited people get when they are able to purchase the car of their dreams. In order to get closer to my dream, there are a few things that I hope to accomplish this school year. I need to continue to get good grades so that I can be accepted into Art Design school. In addition, I need to educate myself on the logistics regarding automotive design. One way that I can do this is by spending more time at the dealership where my family members work and doing additional research on the topic. With the continued support from my family and my dedication to achieving this dream, I know that I will be able to accomplish becoming a very successful automotive designer.
By Angel D.
My dream is to become an archaeologist. Since I was a little kid, I have been fascinated by historical artifacts. I realize it will take a long time but I am a hard worker and I will try my best in school to reach my dream. I will also need to earn a master’s degree, which will take 6-8 years after I graduate high school. My wish is to attend Stanford University so I can accomplish my dreams.
When I achieve my dream I will become a positive role model for my younger siblings. This will inspire my family and friends to aim high with their own education. Along with encouraging my younger siblings, I will also try my best to be a good role model to my friends. By doing this I would feel accomplished as an older sibling and friend. One thing that first interested me in this dream was watching the history channel. Every day when I was a kid I was fascinated with all the shows they aired. The show I usually watched the most was The Naked Archaeologist. He is a man who goes around the world and finds ancient artifacts and tries to find what it was made out of and what it was used for. I believe doing good in school will help me achieve my dream of becoming an archaeologist, and this mainly includes getting good grades. I would need to focus in school, listen in class, and study hard. Finally, I will try to expand my experience by volunteering my time at places that offer opportunities to study human history through analyzing artifacts. I believe doing all of the above will help me achieve my dream. Becoming an archaeologist is my main priority for determining my future. Doing this will help me become a positive role model. My passion to become an archaeologist started when I was a little kid has impacted me over the past couple of years. By being a good student, my path towards my dream will be easy to accomplish.
What drives your dream?
By Melina M.
Hello, my name is Melina I am 12 years old. I live with my mom, brother, and sisters. I am the oldest out of 4 kids, so I have to leave a good example. I am visually impaired, my impairment is called Octave Nerve Hypoplasia. My impairment is one of the strongest things that take part in my dreams for the future. I do not let my visual impairment stop me from having fun and making new friends!
My dream is lots of thing. First I want to graduate from the International School of Monterey. Which is the school I am going to at the moment. After that I will start high school and then graduate, along with meeting new people and having a couple sleepovers. Then after high school I will go to college. I am not sure what college I want to go to but one day I will know. In the middle of college I want to get a part time job so when I graduate college I will not be so lost in what to do. Right after college I am going to move to LA with 1 or 2 of my friends and we are going to share an apartment. That way we won’t lose as much money if we lived alone. Also because then I will always see my friends. My dream job is to work with animals in any way I can. I love animals and being around them make me so happy.
My dream would help the owners of the pets. Also would help the animals. I am not sure how I am going to help the animals. But I am going to try my best to be as helpful as I can.
What mainly inspires my dreams is my grandma and youtube. It all started a long time ago. When I was about 5 years old and every morning I would watch TV shows on how to take care of all sorts of animals. I have always loved animals and I will never stop loving them. They are such a huge part of my dream. My grandma volunteers at an SPCA so I get to have a little more experience there. She told me that to volunteer you have to be 16. So my goal is to start at that age. If somehow I can’t work with animals I have a backup plan. I am not sure if it is the best plan. I am going to start a youtube channel and if I get 1 million subscribers that means that youtube can pay me and that could also be a job.
This school year I am going to try my very best to get lots of good grades and turn in all of my assignments. This school year I am participating in science fair so I am going to work my hardest.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I really appreciate it. Once again thank you and have an amazing day!
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