For as long as he can remember, Darius Finch has wanted to be a computer engineer. Not only is he interested in computer engineering, but also mechanical and architectural engineering. “Some of my hobbies include fiddling with car engines and computer drivers, woodworking, reading, and daydreaming about future technology,” Darius stated in an essay. Any hands-on activities that use the application of math and science is something that interests Darius. That is why, this fall, he will start pursuing his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering.
To obtain his degree, Darius will attend Drexel University. One reason Drexel attracted him is because he’s excited to have a new experience in a unique and different environment in Pennsylvania. “I would like to become the owner of my own tech company with arms in different things,” Darius said when asked what his dream job would be. With his business, he wants to expand from work with computers, to building new and better prosthetics, working in air and space, etc. One day, he would also like to start his own non-profit organization.
One lesson from high school that he will take with him to college is to not procrastinate. When he was in high school, Darius was very active in extracurricular activities. He was a member of the Keystone Club, FBLA, worked in the RCHS Writing Center, and more. He played football, soccer, and swam. He also volunteered at places such as a local Boys and Girls Club. Along with tutoring, Darius also taught many children how to play chess. “A couple days a week I would go over there and after I would tutor, I would sit down with some of the kids, put them in different groups and just play the games with them, teaching some techniques that I knew,” Darius said. One reason he enjoyed working at the Boys and Girls club is because he enjoys working with younger kids, teaching them, and learning from them, as well. With all of his extracurricular activities, Darius was able to graduate with a 3.54 GPA.
In his free time, Darius enjoys spending time with his younger brother, bike riding, going to the park, playing video games, Lego building, reading, debating contemporary issues, and being active. “When I am not working, I am usually busy doing something productive, keeping myself busy,” Darius said.
One of Darius’ biggest inspirations and motivations to stay active and accomplish his goals is his mother. “She always pushes me to do better and she’s always pushing herself to do better,” Darius said. He described his mother as always progressing. For example, she is working toward a second master’s degree. This and many other examples, are ways his mother inspires him to go after his own dreams.