My Present and My Future
Hello, I am Nicholas Singh. I am in the graduating class of 2017, but I look forward to graduating college in 2021. I currently attend Transit Technical High School and I am a sophomore. It is actually my first year at Transit Tech. Last year I attended a charter school. My experience thus far at Transit Tech has been monumental and exciting. Transit Tech has allowed me to grow in many different ways. For example, I participate in many extracurricular activities like Global Kids, ACE Mentor, and Rail Car Lab Committee. I have additionally noticed that my grades have been increasing, since I have been at Transit Tech. Most importantly, Transit Tech has allowed me to decide what I want to do in the future.
At Transit, I take electrical shop, Physical Education, Living Environment, Algebra II/Trig, Literature, and Global History III. All of my classes except for Physical Education are honor classes. My favorite class is electrical shop. At electrical shop, my inspirational teacher, Mr. Garcia teaches us about circuit development as well as the concepts of completing energized jobs on a wiring board. Electrical shop is composed of two periods each day. In the first period of Garcia’s class, we are taught the concepts and logic behind wiring. In the second period, we actually work on the job boards as a real technician would. Electrical class has been an amazing experience so far because I am learning how to demonstrate my understanding of my work on paper as well as on the job board. I demonstrate my understanding on paper after I complete a written description of the job when the board is energized along with three diagrams (layout, wiring, and schematic) to show how the pilot control devices and current consuming devices are arranged within the circuit. When the boards are not working as we plan, we test for continuity and we realize our faults. We analyze and we fix our mistakes until the board works as directed. This not only teaches us to be responsible for our work. It also prepares us for the real world, where we will soon be working on trains, cars, houses, and a wide variety of things.
I am currently involved with many organizations that are both in and out of school. One organization that I participate in is Global Kids. Global Kids is an after school program at Transit Tech. At Global Kids, there is a large amount of students who come together after school on selected days to complete a workshop. The workshops guide students in the right direction and the guidance counselors enlighten the students about modern day conflicts so that the students are more likely to make judicious decisions. Global Kids has enabled me to connect with students who are within my age group and also form a community. This has been a great way for me to adapt to the new school environment as well as network. Specifically, with the assistance of Global Kids, I got accepted into a beneficial program known as ACE Mentor. ACE Mentor is an organization that prepares high school students for different careers in the fields of architecture, construction, and engineering with the assistance of professionals in the specific industries. ACE Mentor enlightens over 8,000 students residing in forty states across the nation. The primary motive for ACE Mentor is for the students to learn what it is like to work in a design and construction industry and portray their ideas and knowledge by constructing and presenting a tangible model of a place they wish to see created. My specific meeting spot is at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering where my team is led by a professor and other professionals of the three industries. We meet every Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. I recognized that I would treasure this internship on the date of first team meeting. On the first team meeting, the professor took the team on a NYU site that had been under construction. The professor provided the entire team with brand new hard hats inscribed with the NYU logo to keep. At this very moment of time, I realized that my experience at ACE would be promising. I realized that ACE Mentor would grant me many future opportunities. ACE mentor provides summer jobs and internships for the student participants as well as scholarships to students who are eligible in their senior year. I will be granted many opportunities and jobs if I continue to take advantage of this program, so I am very fortunate to be accepted into this program. Every Thursday, I meet up with two other students at Transit and we work on trains in the rail car lab. We are members of the Rail Car Lab Committee. Our focus is to explore the different parts of the train and learn how they enable the train to move. This is helpful for us because this experience is preparing us for potential job opportunities like the MTA and Amtrak. We are also learning more about trains than the average high school student. Thus, my involvement in organizations in and out of Transit has enabled me to be more diligent and focused than I have been in the past.
Transferring to Transit Tech has been one of the most prudent decisions that I have made in my life. I am being informed about different fields of work that I could take into account of joining in the future. In the near future, I yearn to become an electromechanical engineer because of my fascination of moving things. As an electromechanical engineer, I will be able to work on a variety of technological innovations like robots, trains, or cars. I am very fortunate to be able to attend a school where I can participate in many organizations and build great relationships with the staff and students. Transit has enabled me to network and advocate for my future. Transit Tech has provided a concrete foundation for my long term goals. Transit is giving me far more than hope. It is offering me a promising future.
By Nicholas Singh – 10th Grade Student