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Curtis Grant

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“Impossible is simply the word we use to describe things we have not figured out how to do, yet.”

Curtis Grant is from Midlothian, Virginia, and is a Junior in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Computer Science with a GPA of 3.92. He says the best thing about being a Virginia Tech engineer is having the privilege of being a part of such a great group of people. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the amazing engineering professors and his fellow engineering friends and peers thus far. He knows for a fact that being a part of this challenging, yet rewarding, program has allowed him to grow and given him not only the skills to become a great engineer post-graduation, but also, an even better person.  When he was in middle school, he dreamt of becoming an engineer. From a young age, he enjoyed learning in the fields of math and science and knew engineering was a subject he could apply those interests to. When he was in high school, he decided he wanted to pursue aerospace engineering. Now that he is at Virginia Tech, he dreams of leaving a positive mark within his field. Whether being a leader in his own company, supporting one, becoming a professor, or being a role model. He hopes to inspire others and leave the field of engineering better than it was before he entered it. Curtis says that if he could change one thing, it would be to have people become more loving, compassionate, and empathetic towards each other and themselves. He wants to live a life that will have made a positive impact on this world and others.

Curtis says he’s a proud College of Engineering student. He says the professors, the course curriculum, and his fellow peers all contribute to making the college, and it’s an amazing environment to be a part of. As a student, it can be difficult at times, and for this reason, he’s so thankful for CEED and their many programs focused on providing support to students through mentoring and professional development. Just knowing there are always people there that truly want him to succeed and are willing to help him along his journey makes it that much more manageable.

Curtis says his role model is his dad along with the rest of his incredibly loving and supportive family. Curtis shared that his father, unfortunately, passed away during his freshman year of high school, but much of who Curtis is today, and who he strives to be, comes from how he observed his father through his life. Curtis explains how even during his father’s weakest moments, he always remained strong, loving, and committed to being the best person he could be. He was never the loudest one in the room, nor did he try to be, but Curtis is confident that his father was always the strongest. Curtis is a man of a few words but by watching his father, he has been able to work on being more confident and assured of himself. Curtis has four siblings, three older brothers, and an identical twin brother. He also shared that he listens to Gospel music. Coming from a family with a strong Christian foundation, his faith has been a huge part of what defines him as a person. For Curtis, listening to Gospel/Christian music, especially before the start of his day, is a very effective way of getting him in the proper mindset to handle any difficulties and stress that may come his way.