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Alumni Spotlight: Kade Williams

University of Northern Iowa Alumni of 2020

The most valu­able part of my expe­ri­ence as a Bright Schol­ar was form­ing friend­ships with oth­er schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents and under­stand­ing their sto­ries.

Cur­rent posi­tion (if employed): eCom­merce Con­tent Asso­ciate at Hy-Vee

Cur­rent city: Anke­ny, Iowa

How did the Bright/​Lois Dale Schol­ar­ship ben­e­fit you through­out col­lege and after?

The main ben­e­fit of the schol­ar­ship was not hav­ing to pay for col­lege. I was able to expe­ri­ence things I would not have oth­er­wise been able to due to mon­ey con­straints.

I con­tin­ue to ben­e­fit from the schol­ar­ship since I have grad­u­at­ed by giv­ing back to peo­ple in need and to my par­ents. My par­ents helped me so much when I was grow­ing up, and it’s always been my pri­or­i­ty to give back to them after grad­u­a­tion.

What advice would you give to some­one who is con­sid­er­ing apply­ing for the Bright Scholarship/​Lois Dale Scholarship?

Apply for the schol­ar­ship if you fit the require­ments. This schol­ar­ship is very help­ful for those in need. You will build great bonds, both with oth­er schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents and with mem­bers of the foun­da­tion.

What was your expe­ri­ence inter­view­ing for your first job? Do you have any tips to share?

I was def­i­nite­ly ner­vous, but who isn’t dur­ing their first inter­view? I would say just be your­self, answer the ques­tions truth­ful­ly and every­thing will be okay. You will find the right job.

Where are you now in your career? Where do you see your­self in five years? 10 years?

I am cur­rent­ly hap­py work­ing at Hy-Vee. I see myself work­ing my way up and stick­ing with the com­pa­ny for many years. I’m very hap­py with where I am at right now.

What is your best piece of advice for an incom­ing col­lege fresh­man? What is your best piece of advice for a grad­u­at­ing col­lege student?

For incom­ing fresh­men, time man­age­ment is the key to suc­cess your first year. If you can mas­ter time man­age­ment, you’ll have a much eas­i­er time in col­lege.  For grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, don’t take a job you’re not inter­est­ed in. The right job is worth wait­ing for.

Who is your biggest inspi­ra­tion and why?

My par­ents have always been my biggest inspi­ra­tion. They own their own busi­ness and have always inspired me to fol­low my pas­sions and do what makes me happy.

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