My Interest Of Becoming An Engineer

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My interest in becoming an engineer started when I was in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. In the refugee camp, I used to make toys for my younger brothers and myself from locally available resources. I used to make toy cars from wires and wood. I also, made footballs from plastic papers and pieces of torn out clothes. The talent of making things enabled me to come up with a water pump that I represented my high school in the region, then provisional, and finally at the national level, 2005 Kenya’s National Science Congress. The water pump was a machine that could pump following water with the application of potential and kinetic energies. When I was resettled into the USA, I started Highline College believing that my dream of becoming a successful engineer will become true.

It was in 1991 that our family fled to Kenya after civil war broke out in Somalia. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) settled us in Dadaab refugee camp. Though the international organizations tried their best, they could not cover the basic needs. Water, food, shelter and medical care were very scarce. We lived in a makeshift house. I remember going to the school without breakfast and in the class I used to worry about whether I would get lunch when I would go back home. I also remember doing my homework assignments at nights using a kerosene lamp. It was a hazardous experience as I used to inhale the smoke that had hazardous gases. In the morning I used…
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