Cristina Smith of Peoria, Arizona was the June 2015 winner of our Salesforce Build an App Scholarship. We asked Cristina a few questions to see what her goals are and get her advice for others-

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another. The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience.” –Deepak Chopra

Tell us one goal you want to accomplish this year

In the next year, I’d like to get a summer job or internship having to do with art or design. I want to be a character designer, and I think having experience would help prepare me for a more permanent job after graduation.

How will the scholarship help you achieve your goals?

This scholarship is a big step in helping me pay for college for next semester, and helps me stay a little ahead of possible student debt after I graduate. The scholarship will be going towards my classes and supplies, all helping me toward my goal of becoming a character designer for animation or video games after graduation.

What’s one thing you can teach others?

Perseverance, since this is my first time getting a scholarship outside of the one I’ve gotten from college after applying for three years since attending.

What would you love to become an expert in?

Creating stories and characters inclusive to minorities, to make media just a little more welcoming for everyone. I’d like to expand my design and creativity skills to do all this, and it’d be great to make possible fictional role models for all kids to look up to.

Congrats to Cristina on winning the scholarship. Chances are you could use some extra money to learn too! You can apply for the Salesforce Build an App Scholarship here. 

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