Carlos is a young man I’ve seen grow so much in just the past three years. I only recognized him by face when he attended the first college tour I planned back in Summer 2013 but I really got to know his story and life passions when we spent hours after school fine tuning his personal statement for college. He has a quirky sense of humor – and a wry laugh – and just the right words to say to flatter us! Read on for Carlos’ insights on his BridgeYear internship:
Q: What inspired you to be a BridgeYear intern?
A: The possibility to work alongside the woman who helped me get to where I am today. I know she has done wonderful work with EMERGE, but now that she’s venturing off into another program, I knew I could not turn that opportunity down.
Q: Tell us about an “aha” moment – a time when you were most excited about the work you are doing this summer.A: My “aha” moment came when Chen started to teach us some of the business tactics she learned in business school. At that moment, I realized that I wasn’t going to do any busy intern work this summer. All of us in that room were going to work together to actually accomplish something great.
Q: What has been the most challenging aspect of your work at BridgeYear?A: The most challenging aspect of my work is to find up-to-date research that is relevant to what we’re all working on. I find some really amazing statistics, some sad facts, and some other things I wish I could fix that are completely unrelated, but for now we’re focused on helping more college students get to and stay in school.
Q: If you had to give your BridgeYear experience a hashtag, what would that be and why?A: #Doanit, inspired by one of my mentors and supervisor, Victoria Doan and our previous team hashtag, #OwnIt. Doan is in charge of my progress, helps me guide my research and our one-on-one meetings are always learning experiences for me.
Q: Other than BridgeYear, what else have you been up to this summer?A: This summer I have been working with Project GRAD to help recent graduates matriculate into college through a software program we are testing. I am also a part of a fellowship that is working on increasing political participation among Latinos in the Houston area.