My name is Avelyno Koumaka. I am from West Africa, Togo. I moved in this country almost three years ago. I started to attend Allderdice High School as a freshman shortly after I arrived in Pittsburgh. I was in an ESL (English as Second Language) program because I did not know any English. It was extremely hard but I did not let the language barrier stop me. I stayed focused, determined, and I did not give up. I worked enormously hard to get and keep my GPA between 3.6 and 4.0 for the four academic years. In the first two of those years, I managed to accomplish what I consider to be the first step toward my success. I worked my way out of ESL and now I am taking English 4 honors. I am also taking some Advanced Placement (AP) classes. They are a little challenging but I am doing well in all of them. One more important thing I achieved during my years in high school was to stay out of trouble. I never got into any trouble. Instead, I remained focused on my education.
I am a very active person. I like to keep myself busy and try new things. What I enjoy doing the most when I am out of school is volunteering. I volunteer in the soup kitchen in East Liberty. We cook and serve food to the homeless. We also deliver food to the senior citizens in their houses. I like doing this because it feels good to know that I am helping my community. When I am not volunteering, I like to play soccer. Soccer is my favorite sport. My friend and I meet almost every Saturday at Schenley Park to have a game. I also have a part time job. I work in an Ethiopian restaurant named Tana’s. When I get a chance to be at home, I like to read and listen to music.
I chose electrical engineering as my major because I love electronics. I always liked electronics since a young age, I enjoyed breaking my electronics, my video games, my toys apart and trying to understand how they worked and then trying to put them back together again. I must admit that I was not always...