According to William Butler Yeats, “Educationis not the filling of the pail but the kindling of a fire.” My fascination with the mechanics of airplanesand other flying machines alike arose from when I was a child and had begantravelling by these fantastical setups of propellers and whirring engines. I wonderedin awe and stupor how these objects crafted from tones of aluminum could hoverin the skies though several times denser than the fluid air.
To satiate my scientific and rational side I satdown to get to the roots of the workings behind those metal monsters whichtransported countless people from one place to another at speeds of 550 mphslicing through the clouds. I was unable to completely grasp the concepts offluid mechanics or buoyancy at that age but as I progressed ahead, I eventuallyunderstood Bernoulli’s principle and pressure gradients which led to even agreater thirst for knowledge into the advanced mechanics. I began startedreading about the history of these aerial inventions and proceeded to keepmyself up to date with the advancements in the field of aerospace science andtechnology. I believe learning and working in a subject which truly interestsoneself is self satisfying and reaps the proper outcome which one desires.
I firmlydecided to pursue aerospace engineering as my career after I visited theKennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, an hour’s drive from Orlando when I hadvisited America. Being NASA’s primary launch centre I got to see the launchcomplex, the assembly centre and the historical hall of fame for astronauts whohad made history for mankind. But the best part was viewing the actual launchingof an unmanned rocket from the visitor complex in real time. When the countdownbegan and the speakers blared,” T-minus 10 seconds, T-minus 9 seconds….”, myheart pulsated with adrenaline coursing through my arteries as I could see mygoal of one day actually being a part of this rather than just being a spectator.As the thrusters ignited and the hydrogen fuel oxidized, plumes of smoke rushedout. When the cylindrical nose of the rocket finally tore through the standsvibrated under the sheer pressure and forces of the gases ejecting out.
It wasa clangorous clap of thunder as if heaven’s anvil was being struck in fury asit rendered the hushed peace asunder. When the rocket was nothing but a dot inthe sky racing towards outer space, I felt a spark of fire being set off in mybody. I realized what I was meant to become and what my innermost thoughtstruly desired for.
To accomplish this dream I sincerely believe that studyingin the prestigious Michigan University is of utmost essence. Famed for its departmentof aeronautics which has been responsible for graduating more than 4000aeronautical engineers and its noteworthy alumni such as Ed White, Jack Lousma,Jim McDivitt and Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, Michigan University is for me thekey to unlock my potential and obtain an opportunity of fulfilling myaspirations. Research has become an indispensable part of technology and itsadvents.
In the view of aerospace science Michigan University becomes the idealchoice for research in the aforementioned field such as in the case of ClarenceJohnson who found instabilities in the designs of Lockheed and later went on toestablish the Lockheed Skunk Works. Furthermore with exemplary faculty membersand facilities for undergraduate programs in aeronautics, there can be nothingmore an enthusiast in this field can desire for. Besides sufficient hard work appropriate guidance is must for one in attemptingto conquer a fraction of the vast chasm of space and crate machines fit forthis purpose and I believe that for the path I have chosen, only the esteemedMichigan University can aid me in all senses and propel me towards myaspirations.