"I am 21 years old and from Puebla, Mexico. I moved to the United States 10 years ago when my dad got transferred for his Job, moving here was a good opportunity for me to improve my English and become fluent in it too. It made me change my views of other cultures and be more open to learning new languages and about other cultures. I went to William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. They had a good variety of classes and paths you could take. At Mason you can choose your own classes like in collage and that helped me see which way I wanted to go with life. I was between architecture and mechanical engineering. I chose architecture because it’s between engineering and design which I have been interested in since I was young. I also decided architecture because I have always paid attention to details. I am passionate about architecture and design and hope I can accomplish a lot with this major. It means a lot to be chosen by my peers to receive this scholarship. It shows that they appreciate what I am doing and support me. I am honored to receive this scholarship because it shows that I am doing something right. It is also an honor to receive the scholarship in memory of Joseph P. Veasey. I have heard that he was one of the most amazing students the department has ever had. I am honored to be compared by my peers to Joe and the kind of person he was. Thank you for the Joseph P. Veasey Award and to the Veasey Family and all the donors."