After three and a half years, my final year of high school is finally in living color. From the
moment I was a freshman in 2007, until now, unlike most of my peers, I was firm in my
college major. Alternatively, I know, at least, that it would pertain to computers. Computers
were and have always been a great passion of mine and I could not live without one.
Graduating high school comes with a lot of responsibility, even while still in high school, in
relation to furthering my education. It is expected of me to excel in what I do both in and out
of school. I have goals for the future that relate to what I expect of myself when it comes to
higher education. My plans and ideas for my future are realistic, as I do not want to plan too
far ahead that I become disappointed when something does not go as planned.
After graduating high school on June 9, 2011, my first college of choice is Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University. Virginia Tech has an amazing reputation for
computer engineering, which is what I love and plan to be my major. I enjoy the more hands
on experience and systems analyst activities that fall under the computer engineering major,
rather than computer science. I know that any college that I plan to attend will present me
with challenges that, alone, I will not be able to solve. I plan to face hardships academically,
mentally, and emotionally, but most importantly, I will be determined to maintain my
academics and myself by utilizing all available resources in order to be successful, no
matter the challenge. Persistence is the key. Likewise with obtaining a job after college.
Given that I will obtain my degree in computer engineering and photography, I want basic
and complex things from my education. I believe that happiness should be the first priority
of a set of goals in obtaining a degree. One would want to work in a field that he or she loves
and is excited to wake up in the morning to go pursue. I want to have a career I look forward
to every day. I expect the college lifestyle to transform and improve my self esteem, self
respect, and confidence. I want to be the best that I can and feel confident that I did just that.
I want to make a positive difference in lives - whatever the event may be. If I can make a
person smile and feel good about him or herself, then my day will be wonderful. I want to be
open to change and enjoy the college and after college experience. In addition, though no
less important, I want financial and career ability after college.
My goals are just a baseline of what I expect of myself under any condition. I will surpass the
minimum expectations I have set for myself and I plan to surpass expectations made by
others. If I fail to do so, I know that the end result was a product of my best effort and nothing
The Tyrone Hines Scholarship is given for his many contributions to the Portsmouth
community and is given by an anonymous donor. Tyrone Hines received the Portsmouth
Sports Club Man of the Year Award on 1991; Hook Hillman Award in 1993; the Tom
Ferguson Award given by the Norfolk Sports Club in 1996; and was the recipient of the
Governor's Award for volunteering Excellence in 1990. Tyrone Hines continues to volunteer
in the Portsmouth community today. This is a Southeast Virginia Community Foundation