When I was eight years old, my father said to me, “Son, always try to be a man of value as opposed to trying to be man of success.” My father smiled as I gazed at him in my confusion. At that time, my eight-year-old brain could not grasp the meaning of those words. But as I matured, his words made more sense. My family instilled in me the virtues of honesty, perseverance, and humbleness right from childhood. I have always tried to keep these values in mind while facing my own challenges.

I spent most of my life in Bangladesh, my native country, until September 2012 when I moved to the U.S. with my family. It was the greatest transition that I have faced, and it occurred abruptly.

I proudly graduated from high school with high honors, and I am pursuing my passion in math and science by studying electrical engineering at the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, which is regarded as one of the most recognized and competitive public engineering schools in the nation.

I have struggled a lot to reach where I am now. Being raised in a third world country where power is a privilege rather than a basic amenity, I know how essential electricity is in our daily life. This is what motivates me to study about power and work on developing substantial power sources to ensure that underdeveloped countries around the globe have adequate power supply.

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