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Scholar Spotlight: Cynthia Villegas

Senior at Iowa State University

Besides earn­ing this schol­ar­ship, my biggest accom­plish­ment has been get­ting so close to grad­u­a­tion and doing it with­in four years. Thanks to my last intern­ship, I now have a full-time job lined up after I graduate.”

What is the most inter­est­ing thing you have done to explore or gain expe­ri­ence in your career field?

I have gone on three dif­fer­ent vol­un­teer ser­vice trips with Asso­ci­at­ed Gen­er­al Con­trac­tors of Amer­i­ca (AGC) a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion for those major­ing in con­struc­tion engi­neer­ing. We trav­eled to Galve­ston, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana, and John­son City, Ten­nessee. Dur­ing these trips, I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to help those in need by recov­er­ing homes that were dam­aged by nat­ur­al dis­as­ters. Not only was it great to help those that impact­ed by nat­ur­al dis­as­ter, but the trips taught me a lot about con­struc­tion. Gain­ing expe­ri­ence through labor has helped me under­stand and be more appre­cia­tive, which is some­thing I will remem­ber in my future career.

How are you explor­ing your career and prepar­ing your­self for life after col­lege?

I have had three intern­ships dur­ing my time at Iowa State. These intern­ships have helped me expe­ri­ence what the con­struc­tion indus­try is like and gain knowl­edge that I can apply to my future career.

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

I would strong­ly rec­om­mend apply­ing. It is a life-chang­ing schol­ar­ship that enables stu­dents to grad­u­ate debt-free and pur­sue any career path. It great­ly reduces finan­cial wor­ries and allows the stu­dent to focus on suc­ceed­ing aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly.

Who is your biggest inspi­ra­tion and why?

My moth­er is my biggest inspi­ra­tion because she is a hard work­er in a very stren­u­ous job. She grew up very poor but worked hard to build a bet­ter future. Because of her, I strive to be suc­cess­ful.

If you had to pick a famous per­son to room with at col­lege, who would it be and why?

I would choose Michael Jack­son because he was a hard work­er and was very ambi­tious to be as suc­cess­ful as he could be.

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