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Student Profile - Sandra Bonilla

Student Profile - Sandra Bonilla
Student Profile - Sandra Bonilla
Wednesday, April 26, 2006

For Sandra Bonilla, her dream of becoming a computer engineer is worth any sacrifice ' even giving up her summer vacation. Thanks to her parents' encouragement, Sandra has long realized the importance of getting a college education. However, as the first person in her family to attend college, Sandra has struggled to fund her education, including passing up both vacation and summer school to work and save up money for school.

Thanks to loans, scholarships, and help from her family, she has successfully reached her sophomore year as a Computer Engineering major while staying at the top of her class. Ultimately, her dedication has been rewarded: in 2005, Sandra received the Amy Beth Snader Scholarship, which she was recently awarded again in 2006, along with a Regent David S. Lee Scholarship and an MEP Scholarship.

What keeps this hard-working scholar going, despite financial difficulties and the challenging nature of her classes' Simply put, Sandra loves what she does, and attributes her hard work to her 'thirst and hunger for more knowledge.' In addition, she finds that computer engineering is a varied and changing field, which keeps her interested and ensures that she's never bored. Sandra even finds the time to share her enthusiasm with others through The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), a club that brings middle and high school students to UC Santa Cruz in order to get them interested in going to college.

In the future, Sandra is considering doing a master's degree, and eventually hopes to find a job where she can continue to learn and contribute to the creation of great new products. In the meantime, Sandra will continue to focus on her learning here at UCSC and helping others to do the same.

Congratulations to Sandra on her scholarships, which are well-deserved and will go far to help her achieve her goals.