For the majority of my academic life I have been trying to get ahead. In my middle school days I joined a number of academic clubs to make the most of my education. My freshman year of high-school saw my taking summer courses purely to be on a faster track. Junior year I was introduced to the idea of attending graduate school, and with college credits that I received from The Governor's School for Computational Physics and the University of Tennessee, it seemed like I might get there faster than normal.
My freshman year of college only confirmed my suspicions that I would have the chance to graduate early. I laid out a plan that would shave a year off my education, and I was ready to execute it come the following two years. As it turns out, RPI gave me a chance to not only finish my undergraduate degree ahead of schedule, but a graduate education as well. The day after I had surgery on one of my knees, I was laying in bed recovering when I got the email for the Accelerated Program. It wasn't until after the narcotics had worn off that I realized its significance. The program has formalized and been a guide for me to follow a path I intended to go down on my own. Right now I am deciding between continuing research with Professor Lim of the in Network Science or staying with Professor Hendler and working with IBM's Watson. No matter which route I choose I am grateful for the opportunity that this program has provided me.