Dominique Wilson, a senior from Rayville, knows the true meaning of giving back, even before graduating. Wilson donated $200 to the Department of Engineering Technology.
“When I went on my first internship, I told my professor once I started making some decent money, I would start giving back before I graduated out of the program. So this summer I went to work for CenterPoint Energy, and I told my teacher that I would give 10 percent of my relocation stipend once I received it,” the senior electronics engineering technology major said.
“My teacher, Department Head of Engineering Technology, Dr. Olusegun Adeyemi always told me the sooner you start giving back, the better, explained Wilson. He then told me this story of how one guy gave back $5, which was a very small donation, but it accumulated later overtime to $1 billion so my idea was the sooner I start, the more I can donate to my department, said Wilson.
Wilson hopes that one day his donations will accumulate to over $1 million.
He told the department to use his donation however they saw fit.
“Wilson, a member of The National Society of Black Engineers, said once donations reach $1,000 money will be delegated to sponsor trips for students to attend conferences.” I want students to attend conferences without having to seek financial assistance, like I had to,” Wilson said.
“I really gave this donation because my department has been so helpful to me,” Wilson said. “That’s why I wanted to start giving back as soon as possible.”
A lot of people say that they’ll wait, but sometimes if you wait too long, you never end up giving back.
Everyone can learn from Wilson’s kind act the importance of giving back at such an early age. Sooner is always better, for if you wait too long, tomorrow may never come.