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.