Student in Platteville, Wisconsin
I am an electrical engineering student. I plan to become a licensed engineer, and hope to be a part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers by contributing to their mission “to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.”
Down the road, I intend to amplify projects that I have worked on in my free time to combine with volunteering initiatives. The time (three summers) and work (three houses) that I have put into Habitat for Humanity reflect this overall goal to help people and the planet.
I want to better of the world. Specifically, I am strongly interested in the causes of poverty. I do not aim to become an engineer for my benefit. I aspire for a career in technology so that I can innovate for the benefit of others. Likewise, I will not be an engineer for the money. Through this, I will be defined by the right reasons. In doing so I will be fully immersed in the true social responsibility that I require of myself: I am consistently learning and always trying to make right by what I think, say and do.
Although the immediate effects of this sort of puritanical perfectionist mindset benefit me, under the surface, it for those drastically less fortunate. The meaning I have given my life, telos, is to live for those in extreme poverty.Specifically, I ascribe to preference utilitarianism. (Although, I simply hope others 'find their cause.')
The American activist Saul Alinsky once expressed that, “In this world laws are written for the lofty aim of ‘the common good’ and then acted out in life on the basis of the common greed. In this world irrationality clings to man like his shadow so that the right things get done for the wrong reasons—afterward, we dredge up the right reasons for justification.” I believe that if you do your work selflessly and for the right reasons then you have succeeded.