Alumni Spotlight: Rebekah Sletten
Iowa State University Alumni 2019
“Being a Bright scholar gave me the opportunity to experience college as a first-generation college student without the burden of worrying about how I was going to pay for my education. It also gave me the freedom to be very involved in campus activities that rewarded me with experience but would not have paid my rent.”
Current position: Public Affairs Manager for America’s Cultivation Corridor
Current city: West Des Moines, IA
What opportunities or experiences have you been able to take part in that you might not have been able to without the scholarship?
The biggest opportunity I had was the chance to travel abroad. Having only left the country once prior to college, these experiences provided me with a global perspective on my coursework. Seeing what agriculture looks like around the world provided me with an advantage both in the classroom and when applying for career positions in the agriculture industry.
Thanks to the support of the Bright Foundation, I was able to travel to Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Argentina.
How did your college experience prepare you for the post-college workforce? In what ways were you unprepared?
My college experience allowed me to secure quality internship opportunities while at Iowa State University. These internships helped prepare me for the workforce.
However, I was unprepared to effectively evaluate job offers. There’s a lot to think about when deciding what offer to accept, including health insurance, 401(k) benefits, relocation money, etc.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering applying for the Bright Scholarship/Lois Dale Scholarship?
Applying for the scholarship can be a tedious task, but the reward is worth it! Don’t count yourself out on any application, just apply.
What is your best piece of advice for an incoming college freshman?
My advice for incoming freshmen is to make a plan to travel abroad. Also, get involved on campus and try something new that your friends and classmates aren’t doing.
What is one of your favorite college memories?
Attending football games with friends and family.
What is your favorite hobby?
Listening to audiobooks.
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