Scholar Spotlight: Edwin Rojas
Junior at Iowa State University
“Being a Bright Scholar means that I am surrounded by a group of people who all have a similar mindset and goals. We are not only here to succeed for ourselves, but we also hope to one day be able to give back to our communities and to others in need. Each Bright Scholar has the drive to want to do better in this world and impact others.”
How are you sharing your time and/or talents with others now? How do you hope to do so in the future?
I have been giving advice to high school students who are curious about college. Through Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, I can interact with high school students and talk about what I did to get to where I am today. I share information about my high school internship with T.E.C.H (Training and Education for a Career in Healthcare) and encourage students to apply so they can get a feeling of what it is like to work in a hospital setting. It is very rewarding to be able to have an impact on high school students who are looking for a path toward working in the healthcare industry.
How are you exploring your career and preparing yourself for life after college?
I am currently studying to take my GRE, which will help me get ready to apply for physician assistant (PA) school. In addition, I plan to job shadow a PA and hopefully establish a relationship with someone who can mentor me as I progress through school and my career.
What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
One piece of advice I would give to incoming freshmen is to be involved in different clubs and put yourself out there. A lot of students forget to enjoy college and try to only focus on schoolwork. While schoolwork is important, it’s also important to surround yourself with people who care about you and can support you through the tough times of college.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My mother is my biggest inspiration. She has always been there for me and pushes me to do well in school. If it was not for her having such bright dreams for me, I do not know where I would be today. I dedicate all of my success to her. I am not getting a college degree just for me, but for both of us.
What’s the best food on campus?
The best food on campus is the taco truck by Bessey and Kildee Halls. It brings back a little bit of home and serves as comfort food for me whenever I need it.