Mr. Abraham is wise beyond his years, but his wisdom does not outshine his genuine desire to make the world a better place. Marone explains that his college experience has been so valuable in exposing him to the real world. In an academic setting, he is able to explore his beliefs and ideologies and those of his peers. He is sure that it is our differences that make the world a great place, but it is our welcoming of difference that can make the world better. He is particularly interested in how he can contribute to solving the world’s problems through his studies in architecture. “I want to make a big impact one day,” he says through a sure smile, and we are certain that he will. Mr. Abraham is on track to graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2019, and he chose architecture because he says that it provides a balance between problem solving and creativity. He loves the idea of having a problem and being able to solve it because innovation is what will lead to global resolutions. He is confident that he would not be the person he is today without the help of DHA and their education foundation. He says, “they created an easier pathway because college is really expensive.” Additionally, Marone is grateful for the staff and other students who have been and continue to be encouraging mentors to him. He’s learned so much because of the leadership they provided.
To future foundation scholars, Mr. Abraham advises: “never give up, no matter what is in front of you, no matter the obstacles you face. You have to keep your eyes on the goal, no matter what.”
To the foundation’s leadership he says: “thank you for the opportunity and thank you for being involved. I hope that you continue this for generations to come.”
Marone is focused on his studies, and he knows that he will either go to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in architecture so that he can earn a license, or he will look to start a career in another way. Overall, he explains, his goals right now revolve around learning as much as possible and enjoying life.