Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

Artificial Intelligence is something I've been interested in for 10 years now. I originally pursued it with the intention of making life less strenuous for anyone and everyone who would be willing to give the technology involved a chance to grow. But that was not very focused, leaving me with the task of finding a specific alcove in which I would build the homestead to be my career. That space I would find only at the end of my undergraduate degree. I had decided that I not only wanted to help others, but better understand and help myself. I'm going to be pursuing a line of research in assistive technology that uses AI to help those with autism and ADHD to help us live more focused and productive lives when we need to stay on task. ADHD has been a bane to my travels through life, and I've never been able to see it as something that could be useful. However, I now see a way that I can use it to help others manage the diagnosis in ways that I could not earlier in life. This has given me a new perspective on my own disability that has allowed for a more nuanced pursuit of not only service to the public, but also to myself. I intend for this to make me a more empathetic, thoughtful graduate student as I work with professors of varying expertise to make the world a modicum more accessible.

Brenton from Michigan
University of Michigan - Flint