Spring 2016 Scholarship Award Honorary Mention: David Camino

Throughout most of the year, PCB Solutions is known as one of the top suppliers of rigid and rigid flex circuits and other parts necessary to build components for electrical manufacturing. While that is certainly our specialty, we also feel that it is our duty to give back to the community. We fulfill that duty with the Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship each year. While we can only select one winner, we want to honor David Camino for his exceptional application.

David isn’t a traditional student. Originally from the Dominican Republican, he emigrated to the United States in 1997 and went to college for his first career. Now, at 33 years old, he is going back to school. As a nontraditional student, David has a unique outlook on life. He understands that globalization isn’t just the wave of the future. It is happening right now, in large part because of technology. The world is connected, but this is just the beginning. David believes that the more connected the world becomes, the better off it will be. It’s exciting to see what path David will take to reach his dreams to achieve a more connected world.


How you envision the global economy in the future.

I will like to start this essay explaining a little bit about myself. I guess they would call me an Adult Student. I am 33 years old, newlywed. I was born in the poor island country of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. My parents are of Spanish, Puerto Rican and Irish decent. I moved a lot, kinda like a military kid, but my father was not in the military. He was an engineer looking for a better life for his family. I have lived in 3 countries, over 15 cities and probably close to 40 homes. Why do I mention all of this first? Because I truly believe it has shaped who I am, has opened my eyes to a world full of opportunities, differences, and opportunities.

After emigrating to the United States in 1997, and going to college for my first career, I can honestly say that having open eyes about the world helped me a lot. My family moved to Orlando, Florida which is very diverse. Being around people from so many places helped me even broaden my horizon more.

Technology has helped us become more globalized. It is so much easier now to be able to connect with people from every part of the world with just a click of a mouse. My father’s main hobby is Ham Radio. I grew up seeing him communicating with his radio with people all around the world. This was pretty cool as a kid, watching him contacting people from Russia, China, Japan, many European countries. Now we have the same ability to talk, see, hear, touch people around the globe. It has helped us become more united as a planet. It has helped other countries with less opportunities receive and take advantage of help from more industrialized nations.

I can see the influence of others all around the world, while each nation still maintains what makes them unique and different culturally. I am now working for a multinational company based out of the Dominican Republic. I am able to see how we work with and interact with people from various other nations as we work together to create products to benefit this nation. Being part of this has helped me even more to understand how the global economy and markets work, and how in reality we are more connected than we think.

It is usual for Americans to believe they live in their own world. Some people are too disconnected with reality. The way things are right now, anything that affects one nation, can affect the whole planet. The latest case can be how our economy in the US has suffered since 2008. The effect of our own issues have been felt all around the globe. Conflict in the middle east, reverberate all over the planet. Each time there’s a major catastrophe, we feel it everywhere.

The more and more connected we become with the world, the better it will be. It will create more conscious individuals that will think before acting. It will provide more help to those in need. We need to embrace a world economy. We need to continue working together for a better future. I know that with a little bit of change, we can provide a better life to everyone in the world. There’s always going to be some conflict, but we owe it to humanity, to our race, the opportunity to change. I truly believe we have changed for the better. The last 100 years of human history has seen more advancement in many fields, from technology to human relations, than the past 1,000 years. We can accomplish much more in the next 100 years.

It is up to each and every one of us to embrace these changes and advances. The planet will continue to grow. We need to be ready for that growth. We cannot stand behind the lines and not do anything about this. Not everything is black and white, there’s a lot more to consider, many issues that need to be addressed. It is true that some people control the lives of many. It is sad to see some corporations not care about who they affect or what they do. But we can hope that, just as we have changed gradually the past few years since the industrial revolution, we will continue to change for the better.

I believe we are capable as a race to work united to accomplish a better future. I believe that each and everyone of us has the love and care inside of us to do this. We all need to be educated in how all of our actions can affect others. As we affect our communities, we, like a grain of sand, can work together to make the world a better place.

Some might call it wishful thinking. I call it hope.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

David J Camino

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