Congratulations To Our 2013 AWeber Scholarship Winner!

For the third year in a row, AWeber is very proud to award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student.

We’re excited to announce this year’s winner:

Arjun Watane!

We posed the following question to high school seniors and college undergraduates:

“What tools did your parents use to communicate? What tools do you use to communicate? What tools do you think the generation after you will use to communicate?”

Out of almost 400 essays, Arjun’s stood out as the best. We loved his humorous insights into how technology impacts social behavior:

“[Since my parents' generation,] communication has changed more than its methods; it has also revolutionized society’s habits. Have you ever done any of the following?

  1. While at the movies, you checked your favorite social media site.
  2. In a work meeting, you sent texts.
  3. You sent texts to someone while talking to someone else.
  4. You Facebook messaged, tweeted or texted someone to tell them you emailed them.
  5. You texted your spouse, kids or parents while in the same room or house.
  6. You blabbered on the phone or texted while driving (STOP THAT!).

I see the above behavior every day. [...]Yet society’s desire to be in never-ending interaction makes me question: why as processing speeds and signal strengths increase, do we seem more… disconnected?”

As for where technology is heading in the future, he makes this prediction:

“I see the Communication Revolution as an S-curve. Twenty years ago, the curve rode a small incline. In the past decade, the curve increased exponentially and will continue this way for another ten years.

I predict the next twenty years to have a gradual flattening in communication inventions. From my parents’ pen pal romance to today’s social media craze, communication has virtually brought together people who are continents apart while distancing those next door. Hopefully, the future sees a reversal of the latter.”

Arjun is excited to attend University of Central Florida in the fall, where he’ll study Computer Science with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. He has aspirations to enter the field of robotic surgery after college.

Congratulations, Arjun, and best of luck in the future!

Stay tuned for when we announce next year’s scholarship opportunity.

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11 Comments

  1. Congrats Arjun!

    Nice work AWeber – this is a really cool thing that you are doing :)

    8/16/2013 1:47 pm
  2. Congrats Arjun! Wish I was that intelligent at that age. Keep your studies up but make sure to enjoy your college years. May you succeed in all your journeys! Never look back at the past! Look only ahead! You’re going places!

    8/16/2013 1:50 pm
  3. Micky

    What an impressive young man! And thumbs up to Candace’s comment – you read my mind lol

    8/16/2013 2:53 pm
  4. Well said. I liked the part in which he compared his parents’ generation pen pal romance to today’s social media courting.

    8/16/2013 4:00 pm
  5. “…communication has virtually brought together people who are continents apart while distancing those next door. Hopefully, the future sees a reversal of the latter.”

    whoa… sounds like a future biomed engineer

    good luck

    8/16/2013 7:10 pm
  6. Congratulations Arjun and I sooo hope you are right about an INCREASE in connection between people being the trend in the future. It may be a coincidence – but that is exactly what I am teaching!

    8/16/2013 7:22 pm
  7. Congratulations to you Arjun.
    Good for you…you seem to be having fun with your teck studies, so keep up the great work. Robotics is a fun area of technology for sure and has great uses for surgery.
    All the best
    …and good on you AWeber.
    Spreading the Love…that’s why I love AWeber!

    8/17/2013 2:07 am
  8. adedeji gbenga

    Whao! This is great. Congratulation Arjun.

    8/17/2013 4:17 am
  9. Congratulation Arjun! Excellent prediction! I likee the last paragraph where Arjun stated that communication has brought people from far closer while distancing neighbors. This is true, I have more friends in other parts of the world than in my neighborhood. I hope this will change in the near future.
    I wish you much success for your future

    8/17/2013 4:32 am
  10. Arjun you are obviously very intelligent and I hope you have a prosperous college academic career, and a successful working career after you graduate. Good job, and great work!

    8/17/2013 11:18 pm
  11. Congratulations Arjun and Thank you Aweber for supporting education!

    8/19/2013 4:15 am