Black History Month 2022 Feature: Junior Bernadin

Organization: Ron Clark Academy

State: Georgia

How did you become interested in robotics?

When I was a child, I was always fascinated with technology and its daily use in our lives. I would even find myself attempting to fix broken electronics with just a screwdriver in my hand. This passion for tech would lead me to explore the wonderful world of technology.

Who are your mentors?

Zulna Heriscar, the Regional Channel Executive for North America Device Partner Solution Sales at Microsoft, and Diemsk Jean, my older brother.  They have always provided me with guidance and wisdom whenever things got tough.  They also continue to push me and hold me accountable for my dreams and aspirations.

What is the most challenging thing you have found about being in your field? 

The road to success in my career was not an easy one. Being in a field where there is a lack of representation for people of color can be extremely discouraging, especially in college. I would often hear war stories about how some programs and tenured professors were designed to "weed people out". Finding academic support in some of these environments was difficult as well.  These factors along with several others meant that I would really have to find other students and create our own communities of color to support each other.

What strengths would a student need to be successful in your career field?

Students would need to have great creativity, communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Having a strong foundation in math and science-related courses is a must as well. Finally, you would need to have the perseverance to fight through the obstacles and injustices you may experience.

What words of wisdom would you give to students?

When it comes to technology, there are creators and consumers of its products. Don't just use technology, understand how it works so that you can create even better technology.

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