Hi! My name is Daniel Gonzalez and I’m from Lufkin, Texas. I was originally born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican father and a mother who was an expat from South America. Lived there for a couple years, but then we found out I had Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Sydrome which gives me severe to profound hearing loss. Because of all that fun stuff we moved to the states from there. Since third grade it’s been my dream to attend MIT where my father is also an alumnus and getting this scholarship really helped make the dream come true once I got in. Since I’ve been at MIT I’ve been living at Baker Dorm with all of my friends and having a good time as I dealt with the first semester. Yeah I did a program called “Concourse” which it merges humanities with the sciences so I had small classroom settings with about 30-40 other people and that really made the transition from public school education to MIT a whole lot easier, it was a big challenge. I pledged Kappa Sigma and now a brother at the fraternity so I have a lot of support from the house of people who are also in the same major as I am. I intend on majoring course six-two a and developing better technology for people who are hearing impaired such as myself. Another great thing that this scholarship in turn helped me to do is since going to MIT I’ve learned how to wash my own clothes and for me I think that’s personal feat in life that would also not have been possible without the scholarship so thank you for also helping me learn how to do my laundry. Thank you very much for all that you’ve done in donating the money to the scholarship to allow my dream of attending MIT come true.