Hometown: Port Antonio, Jamaica
Major: Computer Science
Career goal: to become a software engineer
Congratulations to today’s Hercules Scholar and computer science major, Damion McKenzie. Mr. McKenzie will receive a $1,500 scholarship for his achievements. Read more about Damion in his essay submission below.
I am Tougaloo ambassador, Damion McKenzie. I am originally from the beautiful parish of Portland in Jamaica. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” is a scripture and a motto in which I firmly believe in. I also live by a personal mantra that declares, “the size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and the way you handle your disappointments.” This motivates me to persevere through tough situations.
I am currently a sophomore, majoring in computer science with aspirations of becoming a software engineer. I was first motivated to select computer science because of the way in which society is being shaped by technological advancements. Selecting computer science will definitely position me to be a member of the family of engineers, advancing and improving the lives of millions of people around the world.
At Tougaloo College, I am a member of the Tougaloo Ambassadors and Meritorious Scholars (TAMS), the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honors Society and the Computer Science Club. After graduation, my career plan is to secure a job as a software engineer, but my goal is to attend graduate school, where I will pursue a Ph. D. in Computer Science. Graduate school is one of my biggest goals, as few persons in my family have undertaken that path and have been very successful. The major influential persons in my life would be my mother and father. As the eldest child, they always motivate me to be a fine example for my younger brother and sister.