I’ve been revising my essay questions since I first submitted the application almost a month ago. Tomorrow is the deadline so this is my final draft. I really, really hate “tooting my own horn,” job interviews, etc. but I’m posting these here because I feel like they’re my new Mission and Vision statements.
What do you hope to accomplish through this program?
I want my creative groove and mojo back. My field, Instructional Design, used to be the coolest job in the universe. When Flash died, so did my field. With Flash, you were limited only by your imagination. Now, it’s all quasi-neo-powerpoint apps. I need to be stimulated and challenged again. Programming does that for me. I am, once again, only limited by my imagination. I’d like to do it for a living rather than a hobby.
At work, I redesigned our LMS and automated what little I could access. I’ve loved making stuff that does stuff – I miss it. I’ve also always loved teaching even moreso – ID was only a means to that end until it became the end.
I’ve volunteered with Coding Dojo, Hour of Code, Code for America and Mil-OSS. I’ll continue giving back, living something I learned from Kahn Academy: “Learn. Create. Teach. Repeat.”
Why do you deserve a scholarship?
This isn’t a hobby or “maybe it will work out” for me. This is what I desperately want and have been pursuing on my own for 17 months spending every spare moment with books, tutorials, meetups, and a healthy combo of Lynda, StackExchange and Reddit. Just added Udemy’s Web Dev Bootcamp course (update: added three more during their Black Friday sale) to my existing studies and side-projects/work to optimistically prepare for this.
The scholarship will not be wasted on me. I am super-low risk. I promise to be the poster-boy of why you give scholarships. You’ll be proud to say I was a recipient.
Also, I could use a little help. I am 48-years-old so I need skills and creds that far exceed people (at least) half my age for any job. This would really, really help. I am a father of three with a student wife (as in she’s finishing college, not like she’s in Wife School) as well so a scholarship would rock our financial world.
If Google and Amazon pick Detroit as their home and this was a springboard to get a job with either (Google would be my first choice, of course), my wife could be convinced to move back home. To Detroit, that is. And I want to go back home. The NY Times just called Detroit “a haven for visionaries and creatives.” Please help me go back where I belong – among visionaries and creatives – even if it means staying in icky Tampa. #MoveTheWorld