Student Spotlight Stories

We know that  you, our students, each have unique and inspiring stories, and we want to share them!

Perhaps you have an interesting backstory on how or why you chose engineering. Or perhaps you had some true challenges to overcome throughout your journey towards a degree. Perhaps you participated in all sorts of clubs and organizations that contributed to your personal, academic, and professional growth. Perhaps you're wrapping up your degree soon, and you feel you have words of wisdom for underclassmen and/or youth who are still figuring out what they want to do in life.

We want to celebrate you and your accomplishments, and also share your story so it can serve as inspiration to others. You each have a story to share! 


Example Stories 

Kirsten Alvarado

Student Spotlight: Kirsten Alvarado

January 25, 2021

"The schooling has developed my way of thinking to use logic and work through problems that seem impossible. It's prepared me to never give up and patiently work through things. Most importantly, it taught me that hard work is all it takes." Mechanical Engineering Major Kirsten Alvarado reflects on how an engineering degree supports her dream to be an Air Force fighter pilot.  

Zoey Bigelow
Student Spotlight: Zoey Bigelow

October 13, 2020

"In my previous physics classes, I was enchanted by the concept of electricity. It is one of those things that seem like magic if you don't understand how it works." Electrical Engineering Major Zoey Bigelow reflects on her she came to love electrical engineering and discover that it's the right path for her. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Who is eligible to be a spotlight story?
    UAA College of Engineering students in their junior or senior year.
  • Why should I participate in this?
    Your story may serve as inspiration and encouragement to underclassmen and youth. It can also makes you visible to prospective future employers! We promote your story on all our social network channels, which are followed by many local industry professionals.
  • Who is the target audience?

    There are two primary audiences we're focused on with these stories: UAA CoEng underclassmen, and youth who have not yet decided on a career path.

  • What kind of questions will I have to answer?

    Required Questions:

    • What brought you to the UAA College of Engineering?
    • Why did you choose the degree you are pursuing? What would your dream job be?
    • What are you involved in on campus (IE: Clubs, student organizations, etc.)? How have they contributed to your personal and professional growth?
    • Have you been involved with internships, research, study abroad, or any other experience you’d like to tell us about?
    • What words of wisdom do you have for underclassmen or youth who are still considering their options after high school?

    Choose Three of the Following:

    • What did you want to do when you were 10?
    • What was your favorite class while here at UAA, and why?
    • What is a cause you care about?
    • What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
    • Who is your favorite professor or staff member and why?
    • What is your favorite memory from your time here at UAA?
    • What is your plan after graduation?
    • What is your favorite quote?
    • What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
    • Tell us about an obstacle you overcame.
    • What is your secret to college success?
    • What has been your happiest/proudest moment?
    • What was the best advice you were ever given by a professor, staff, or classmate while here at UAA?


    • You are asked to upload at least 2 images of yourself
  • Where and when will my story be posted?

    We post the stories on our website in the Engineering Story section of our site. We then promote these stories on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The timeline for posting depends on the number of stories we have in queue. It could be days, if could be a couple of weeks.

  • If I fill out the questionnaire, is it guaranteed that you'll post my story?

    On occasion, we receive a completed questionnaire that's pretty sparse, and in all honesty, it doesn't seem to do your story justice! In those cases, we will reach out to you to ask follow up questions to help fill your story out a bit. Another possible delay on stories is access to appropriate images and media release forms giving permission to use those images.

  • What kind of images do I need  to send?
    Images may be professional head shots, or pictures of you working on an engineering project, or with family. Your choice! If there are other individuals who appear in your image, please have them also complete a media release form. (Adult Media Release / Minor Media Release)
  • I hate writing/I'm not good at writing. Is there another way to do this?
    Yes! If you are really uncomfortable writing your responses, please contact Vicki Nechodomu by email to schedule a meeting. She is happy to chat with you via zoom and then record your responses.