Brygitte De La Cruz is passionate about education. She says that her parents, who come from a very poor background, worked hard and courageously to build a life and provide a good education for her and her two younger siblings. She credits them with being the foundation of her love of education and is appreciative of the opportunities they have afforded her. “I am motivated to succeed and work hard in my studies to make my parents and community proud,” she said.
Now an HSF Scholar at Dartmouth College, she is in her junior year of studying for a Biomedical Engineering degree. She is also actively engaged in campus life as a member of the Epsilon Kappa Theta sorority, as well as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Dartmouth Emerging Engineers. She has also been a tutor and worked for Dartmouth’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership. In addition, she participates in college athletics as a member of her school’s powerlifting and triathlon teams.
In September, Brygitte was one of 100 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s annual STEM Summit. The event is an annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference that gives the best and brightest HSF Scholars with an interest in one or more STEM fields, an inside track to career success, through a combination of mentoring, professional insights, and career guidance. She says that through HSF’s “community of like-minded individuals,” she has “found a family that wants to give back to the world through their own hard work.”
Her personal plans also include giving back to the world—and her community—as, she hopes one day to be the head of an engineering department in a medical technology company.
Addressing students who may be hesitant, she allows that forging a new path—such as being the first in the family or community to go to college—can be scary. But she also wants to emphasize that it’s “definitely worth it!” “You will meet people like you, she elaborates, “and plenty of faculty and professors who want to see you succeed. Additionally, not only will you be learning skills that will help you throughout your life, you will have the chance to study and become proficient in a subject that you are passionate about.”