My CyberCamp Experience

About Me  |  Telling the Story  |  People I Admire |  Dream Vacation  |  Personal Goals |  Hopes for the Future 

About me:

My name is Crystal. I like to roller blade.

Telling the story: Pearl Primus was a dancer. Her dancing drew on the African
American experience. She was born on November 29,1919  She died on October
29,1994. She performed the Wedding  in 1961, Strange fruit in 1945, the Negro
Speaks of Rivers  in 1944,  Row your Boat Ashore in 1979, and Church Bombings
in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s.

People I admire: I  admire Mother Teresa because of her words: "Before you speak,
it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart...''

Dream vacation: I like Jamaican music.

Personal goal: My goal is to be a teacher.

School Stanford University (CA)  Howard University (DC) 
Public/Private Private  Private 
Founded 1885  1867 
Religious Affiliation No affiliation  No affiliation 
Total Undergraduates 7,886  6,569 
City/State Stanford/CA  Washington/DC 
Setting Suburban  Major City 
Distance from home (miles) N/A  N/A 
Student-to-faculty ratio 7/1  10/1 
Full-time faculty 99%  94% 
Classes taught by TAs 3%  N/A 
Classes with under 20 students 69%  67% 
Classes with 50+ students 14%  2% 
Average six-year graduation rate N/A  N/A 
Private tuition and fees $25,917  $10,070 
Public in-state tuition and fees N/A  N/A 
Public out-of-state tuition and fees N/A  N/A 
Room/Board $8,305  $5,730 
Financial Aid*      
Students receiving:
   Need-based grants
32%  50% 
   Need-based self-help aid 29%  61% 
   Merit aid 13%  N/A 
Students whose need was fully met 97%  13% 
Average financial aid package $22,705  $8,460 
Average need-based grant $20,260  $6,952 
Selectivity Most selective  More selective 
Acceptance rate 13%  56% 
Number of applicants 18,363  5,810 
Average high school GPA 3.9  3.2 
SAT/ACT (25/75 percentile) 1360- 1560  830- 1350 
Student Satisfaction    
Freshman retention rate 98%  84% 
Alumni giving rate 40%  9% 
Student Body    
Diversity** yes  yes 
Fraternity members 17%  1% 
Sorority members 12%  1% 
Students living off campus N/A  N/A 

I am interested in becoming a computer repairer.

 What these workers do

Computer and office machine repairers take care of computers and other
business machines, such as copy machines, fax machines, cash registers,
and typewriters. They hook up the machines in people's offices and homes.
At times, they check to see that the machines are running properly. When
the machines break down, they fix them. Computer repairers fix computers
and machines such as printers and scanners. Business machine repairers
fix such things as cash registers.

 What the job is like

Some repairers have to work at night and on weekends. That is because some companies use computers and business machines for important business all the time. For example, it would be very important for a hospital to have its computer fixed right away.

Repairers usually work in clean, cool places with a lot of light. Sometimes, though, they must repair machines in places that are not as nice, such as factories. Many repairers have to do a lot of lifting and stooping in their jobs. Repairers must work safely because they work around electricity. They also work around things that could get hot and burn them.


There were about 138,000 computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers in 1998. About 3 out of 5 fixed computers and automated teller equipment. The others fixed other office machines. Repairers worked for companies that sell computers and office machines and for companies whose only business is taking care of machines.

Repairers work many different places in the country. Most work in large cities, where there are large numbers of machines.

 Preparing for the job

Most companies want to hire repairers who have taken classes in fixing machines. People can take these classes in special schools and in some colleges. Some people are taught to be repairers while they are in the military.

Repairers must be good at math and science. They should like doing careful work with machines. They should be able to read well because they will need to get information from books. They must be able to see and hear well to find out what is wrong with the machines.

Hopes for the future: My hopes are to help other children learn.

Created July 2002 at the CyberCamp, Founders Library, Howard University, Washington, DC 20059