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2013 January
Fourth round entry by Benjamin Blovits

Live Your Dream - Scholarship Competition Entry
 
As a kid, I was always obsessed with aviation. Anytime I heard a plane flying overhead, I had to stop whatever I was doing and look to see what it was, sometimes at the expense of losing the baseball game we were playing. It would be worth it though, because I’d get to watch one of Northwest Airline’s 747’s climb out of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport on its way to Tokyo. I’ve always dreamed of being the captain of one of those very planes, making the trip across the Pacific Ocean to some far away land. Sounds like the stuff of fantasy, but on July 5th,2012, it came closer to being a reality. That is the day I passed my check ride, received my private pilot’s license, and accomplished a lifetime goal. That moment was the proudest and the most fulfilling moment of my life. All of the time I had devoted towards the flight training had paid off, and I’ve never been happier. Now it is time to take the next step towards my dream, and that step is getting my instrument rating.
 
My name is Ben Blovits, I am 19 years old, and I am attending Western Michigan University in pursuit of a degree in aviation flight science. My experience thus far has been amazing, and it has made me certain that I want to have a career in aviation. I have found no greater joy than cruising at 130 knots in a Cirrus SR-20 at 3,500 feet above the Michigan countryside. It is a feeling of complete freedom and peacefulness, and the world looks so simple and perfect. You can get away from all the commotion and stress of everyday life and just fly. It is you, the aircraft, and the sky, and you have the whole world to explore. As the saying goes, “A mile of road will take you one mile. A mile of runway will take you anywhere”. I love to share this passion with others around me, and I hope that I can spark the passion inside of them to accomplish a lifetime goal of theirs too. Nothing is too outlandish, anything is possible. You just have to set your mind to it and give it your all.
 
 I look forward to continuing my education, and continuing to share my passion for flight with others whenever possible. This scholarship would help me greatly in doing this if I were to win it. It would be put to use towards my instrument rating, which I am now starting at Western Michigan. We all know aviation is expensive, and this scholarship would help offset the cost of my education. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this, and considering me for the scholarship.

Posted In: Scholarship Contest
Tagged:  Aviation

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