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adebo ifesanya

Electric and Electronics Engineer, Electrical Engineering

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What from your childhood experience produced "what" or "who" you are now?

Freeman Hrabowski said, "we are all products of our childhood experience..." I was conflicted on this statement, one part of me thinks this seals my possibilities now, so I refuse it but then another part thinks there is truth to the statement looking at my past. As a Nigerian kid, I gave up a childhood dream of building space shuttles simply because I was presented a career option that guaranteed me "life success", by someone who new nothing about my dream. Two decades later I can say I was a product of that choice.

And as Jason Prager said, "Who was I? Was I who I had been ... before this road divided my life like the spine of an open book? Were all of us the results of things done [or said] to us ... our bodies, their endowments and deficits? It seems that we could be nothing more than genes and experiences," who and what.

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  • May 3 2013: I very clearly remember my defining childhood experience/ First grade they allowed us to visit the school library. I returned home with 6 books on science, which I placed on a shelf in the hall, just like in the library! They were the only books in our house at that time and everyone wondered at my fascination with them. It was at that moment that I knew that I wanted to be a scientist/engineer and I've never wavered from that path in the succeeding 50 years!
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      May 3 2013: Thanks Roger, I'm an engineer also for 11 years

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