Sindy Sura says her upbringing taught her to “never settle for less,” and she saw receiving a college education as her “gateway to greater opportunities.” Along the way to completing that goal, she encountered some financial obstacles, which she overcame by working while in school, and strategically saving money in order to lessen the need for student loans. Though she recalls managing a job and school at the same time were stressful, she says the experience taught her about balance and investing in priorities that mattered most to her.
Today, she is a graduate of Brandeis University, where, with the help of an HSF scholarship, she earned a BA in Business, with a minor in Computer Science. She is currently pursuing a career as a software engineer.
While at Brandeis, she was a member of Global Brigades for Business and Microfinance, a student-led global health and sustainable development organization; and of Playback Theater, a non-scripted theater exercise that re-enacts stories, told by members of the audience, as a tool for reconciliation and social dialogue. She was also involved with the TRiO Student Support Services program, which promotes college success for first-generation college students, and volunteered as a host for the university’s overnight-stay hosting program.
Sindy was also named to the dean’s list and was a US Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, a designation through which she received funding to go abroad.
Off campus, she served her community through an after-school program with the Salvation Army and with WATCH CDC: Breaking Barriers, which, among other initiatives, advocates for affordable housing and provides English language tutoring in the west Boston area.
Last September, Sindy was one of 118 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s STEM Summit. The event is an annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference that provides top HSF Scholars with an inside track to career success in STEM fields, through a combination of mentoring, leadership development, professional insights, career guidance, and internship and job opportunities. She calls it an honor to be part of the HSF network, which not only allows her to “discover more opportunities,” but also connects her with “top talent and professionals,” and resources for her development.
She encourages current students who are considering college to take initiative and take advantage of the resources and opportunities available to them on campus. “Go for it!” she says, adding, “College is where you can develop your talents and way of thinking, and discover more of what you are capable of. It’s where you become immersed in a new world and learn more about yourself.”