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.