CA Bridges to Success:
Emily Kelley: WPI Robotics Engineering Student
I always wanted to be an inventor. I love taking things apart and learning to put them back together.
During high school I took advantage of every opportunity to advance toward becoming an inventor. I was accepted into Haverhill High School’s NAF Academy of Information Technology that prepares students for technology careers.
At HHS, the Connecting Activities and YouthWorks programs offered experiences for students to learn about education and careers in engineering. I joined both. Connecting Activities tours to Magellan Aerospace and Casa Systems exposed me to a variety of technical careers. Through YouthWorks Year Round I took a CompTia A+ course, which prepared me for the rigors of college.
As a sophomore, I did my first HHS internship and took AP Computer Science. This gave me the freedom to explore more challenging courses as an upperclassmen, so I enrolled in the Early College program at NECC. I also strengthened my engineering skills as Programming Captain for the Robotics Team and by participating in 2 more internships.
During my junior year Connecting Activities sponsored a field trip to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). I knew the second I stepped on campus this was where I was meant to be. My dad had mentioned once that when he visited there for work, it was like a campus filled with Emilys. As I sat in a presentation on the tour, every single point they made lined up perfectly with my goals for what I wanted out of my college experience.
At the end of senior year, I received the official acceptance email from WPI for Robotics Engineering. I always wanted to be an inventor, but my experiences at HHS and with CA and YWYR helped pave the way to get accepted at my #1 college. WPI awarded me credits for my AP and Early College classes. As I finish up my freshman year, I’m on track to earn my Master’s Degree in Robotics Engineering in 4 years.