I am Jason Pan, a senior from China. I love aerial photography because it yields a different perspective to see the world around me.
As soon as I pressed the take-off button, I heard the sound of motors buzzing and the high-pitched sound of propeller blades cutting through the air. To my great delight, the drone took off! It was the first time that I had flown one, a small blue quadcopter with a fisheye camera on the front. The drone went higher as I raised the throttle and turned it to “look” at me. From the screen in my hands, I saw myself from a totally different perspective – I took my first aerial selfie! Everything I saw was like magic to me at that point.
Once I arrived at Blair Academy, I kept playing with the drone and gradually improved my piloting skills. It was extremely satisfying to take impressive aerial photos and to see how positively my pictures and videos were received by others. Most people had never seen our campus from the sky, and they were amazed by how beautiful the campus appeared. Eventually, the Blair Admissions Office became aware of my talent and asked me if they could use some of my aerial videos to help promote the school on social media. This was an honor, as they usually don't use student-created images.
Because of my inquisitive nature, I don’t just enjoy flying drones – I also like to take them apart. One time, my curiosity about how drones work led me to stay up all night taking apart the only drone I had and putting it back together. I took notes and pictures while I was disassembling it, so that I would not lose track of which parts go where when I rebuilt it. I was so involved in this activity that I didn’t even realize the passing of time. Following this experience, my passion for drones and related technology increased exponentially. I started to conduct further research into the technology related to drones and even began to design and build new drones from separate parts!
As I learned more about drones, I realized that their potential benefits for the world are virtually unlimited. Drones can be used for scientific research, emergency assistance, package delivery, agricultural applications, environmental protection, building construction and design, and many other fields. This realization led me to think more about the potential benefits of technology and engineering in general. This, in turn, has inspired me to pursue a career in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and mostly engineering, so that I can help make the world a better place.