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My name is Ryan O’Donnell. I was born and have lived just outside of Chicago with both of my parents for the first eighteen years of my life. Although I have faced many difficulties in my life, many of which I am still facing, I have always had a drive that has set me apart from others. I have always been a great dreamer. Despite all the dreams that I have had extinguished, my ambition has never subsided.
As long as I can remember, I have been filled with questions, questions that people typically did not know the answers to. To this day, with the many things that I have learned, I still find myself overwhelmed with questions. Physics is so important to me because it is this world, not just the Earth but the entire universe and more. Everything that a person does in this world must have something to do with physics. It is a house of innumerable dark rooms in which I feel around for the occasional light switch of knowledge.
I currently attend Howard University, a university with a rightfully bestowed legend in educating minorities, a university that, although is significantly underfunded, is willing to give me all that it has to offer to foster my success, a university that encourages my ambition. I will be returning to Howard University in the fall of 2011 grateful that I am an APS Minority Scholarship Recipient!