The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists is about meeting your heroes. Read on to learn more about how Ruth Carraway encountered hers at the Congress of Future Science and Technology.
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Meet Ruth Carraway
Ruth Carraway is about to meet her heroes. She was invited to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Massachusetts. She was discovered through her association with The Society of Torch and Laurel. She had been eyeing a spot ever since she heard the great reviews. She had been an avid follower of the well-known scientists, inventors, and pioneers ever since. She then learned that the Congress was more than a talk—the attendees have a chance to get up close and personal with the speakers. The sixteen-year-old self-proclaimed nerd was jumping for joy!
Meeting Her Hero
In her younger years, Carraway had a different aspiration. She looked up to Academy Award Winner Tim Webber, who won the 2013 Best Visual Effects Oscar for his work on “Gravity.” Later on, upon learning more about the unsavory side of the industry, she decided film was not for her.
She set her eyes on someone better: Sean Stephenson. Despite his health condition, Stephenson is a respected therapist and well-loved speaker. Stephenson also bagged the rare chance to work with Bill Clinton at the White House. Carraway got inspired by his determination and perseverance to affect change.
Readers Are Leaders
Sean Stephenson shares in a short interview: “Abraham Lincoln said readers are leaders. What did they mean by that? Is it that people that read are smarter, therefore they can lead groups of people? Maybe. But I do not think so. I think that the intent of that statement is that readers are leaders. It has more to do with the fact that when you read a book about a specific topic, while you have to put some time aside to read that book and other people are doing other things, you can feel that you’re slowing your life down by reading—especially if you are hyperactive and there are a lot of things you want to do. But by reading that book, you can get a competitive advantage over others.”
The concept applies to the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. People come together to learn from each other. Potential leaders learn from mentors. Mentors are also enlightened by their output. It is a give-and-take relationship where everyone wins.
Building Each Other Up
Carraway is setting her sights on helping people suffering from the same health condition. Her determination pushes her to develop programs and facilities for their long-term care. She has also made friends at the Congress of Future Science and Technology. She has met like-minded future leaders that will help this dream come to fruition.
The Key Take-Aways from the Congress of Future Science and Technology
Carraway was left in awe by the Congress of Future Science and Technology. Others share the same sentiment. In this interview, here is what other attendees had to say:
- “It gives you confidence. It gives you knowledge. It gives you passion. Definitely a life-changing experience that will help me throughout my entire life.”
- “We feel that instant connection and we bond over the same topics: Science and Technology. I feel like I have a family here. This is where I belong. This is my tribe.”
- “I feel more confident about what I can accomplish even at this young age. I feel more motivated to go out there and change the world.”
Here’s a video by SciTech Leaders featuring Maria. Like Carraway, she is a delegate perspective:
Through this experience, Ruth Carraway learned more about the future she wants to shape for herself. She also learned more about herself through her hero and other attendees. This conference was truly able to bring out the best in her.
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