Forging the Future: Booker
Booker Farrior’s full name is Booker Taliaferro Washington Farrior IV. The famed educator and orator’s name has passed through the generations in Booker’s family.
“I think we have a lot in common,” Booker, an electrical engineering freshman, says. “I hope that I leave a legacy in some way just like my namesake.”
After getting a closer look at what Georgia Tech had to offer, Booker says he knew Georgia Tech was going to be the place for him. And there’s one program in particular that has caught Booker’s interest. But he’s not just into electronics and engineering.
“Music just helps me as a person,” Booker says reflectively.
He first learned to play the viola as a child, and then taught himself the guitar and some piano. He can also play a mean ukulele.
“Engineering feeds my left brain, but music helps the right side of my brain and feeds my creativity. I think you need both,” Booker says.
Besides playing in Georgia Tech’s orchestra, Booker has his sights on a specific program within the music technology program based in the College of Architecture.
“There’s a VIP program on robotic musicianship. You have to be a second year to apply, but I’m getting close to that.”
The VIP stands for Vertically Integrated Projects; undergraduate students are partnered with professors and PhD students across campus to work on long-term discovery and design projects.
Long term, Booker sees himself as a chief officer at a tech company, but until that time comes, he’s enjoying the ride.
“I just want to make the most of my time at Georgia Tech and soak up as much as I can while I am here,” he says.