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WHAT I DID THIS SUMMER


by Gale Horton Gay ghorton@ccgmag.com


Destenie Nock, graduate of North Carolina A&T S


ummer is a treasured time for college students. Some want nothing more than to escape the intense workload of higher education. However, others seek experiences that are tough, challenging and bring with them immense rewards that help to better prepare them for their careers. Here are the summer experiences of a select group of ambitious and forward-thinking young people.


ROSCOE A. JOHNSON IV


Now that Roscoe A. Johnson IV has his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering under his belt, he’s got his sights set on graduate school.


The 22-year-old, who graduated from Morgan State University in May, will spend the summer preparing for that next step— the pursuit of a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Southern California.


In the meantime, Johnson will be interning at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland working on Python guided user interface for a radar system. The oppor- tunity at Johns Hopkins came about after Johnson visited the career services center in Morgan State University’s Engineering Department.


Johnson, a native of Baltimore and the recipient of a com- www.hispanicengineer.com


munity award at the Black Engineer of the Year Award confer- ence in February 2014, said he hopes that from his summer experience he will gain better insight into his future and learn the types of projects he most wants to work on professionally. “I also want to learn different programming and leaderships skills,” he said.


Although he is unsure of the exact field he would like to go into, Johnson said he’s leaning toward a career in modeling and simulation for radar systems.


DESTENIE NOCK


Before Destenie Nock takes off for an international graduate school experience, she’s giving back to the community in a most significant way. The 22-year-old, who received two bach- elor degrees in electrical engineering and applied math in May from North Carolina A&T State University, volunteered to tutor


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