Hello, my name is Patrick Carroll, and I am honored to have been selected for the Will Smith Scholarship. I would like to thank you all for your generous support towards funding this award. I was born in Kennesaw, Georgia in 1980, and lived there until 1999, when I moved here to Murfreesboro, TN. I always loved the outdoors, so when I graduated from high school, I pursued a job in landscaping. It allowed me not only to work with my hands, but also helped me build strong characteristic skills for the future. Since I moved to the beautiful state of Tennessee, I have enjoyed many days of hiking through the mountains, canoeing down rivers, and especially, exploring the multitude of caves. After enrolling in the fall 2005 semester, I became an assistant to the curator of the Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum, here at MTSU. Under the guidance of Professor Albert Ogden, I have been able to learn and expand my knowledge of geology, and appreciate the importance it plays in the world we live in. I recently drove to Tucson, Arizona back in February for the annual rock show, that is the largest in the country. I was amazed at the shear size of the show, and had the opportunity to pick very old and rare specimens to display in the museum. I also got to see many wonderful landmarks and rock formations while out west. Itís an experience Iíll never forget, and I hope to get the chance to embark on the journey again. I will be a Junior after this Spring 2007 semester, and will continue to work my way up to a more specialized section of Geology. With a minor in Computer Science, I hope to incorporate my interest in the world with my knowledge of computers. Thank you all for your time and dedication and the honor of this scholarship.
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