Interview with Cindy Li, ACE Scholarship award recipient
What are your general interests and goals in design?
My general interest in design is to create what have not been created yet. What I mean by this is, I want to design and create something that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but also very useful. My goal in design is to improve the living space we inhabit so that we feel safe and secure. I also aim to design buildings that uses as much reusable materials as possible to somehow lessen the amount trash that is produced by us at a day to day base.
What have been the challenges in this process as a woman?
To begin with, being a woman is really hard especially since there are social norms set forth for us to follow. Most of the jobs that are considered suitable for our counterpart are less sought by after by women, because there is no female representative in that field. I aim to change that, because I believe that if you are passion driven than anything is possible as long as you have the support and guidance from family and friends. Woman like me, who want to pursue this career can be challenging because men make up majority of this career and it is intimidating to be the entering in this field knowing that it is comprised of men.
How did you hear about the scholarship and how did you feel when you heard you are nominated for that?
I heard about this scholarship during the time I attended ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) program. I felt exhilarated, when I realized that I was nominated for this scholarship, because I never had much luck when it comes winning a scholarships. If it wasn’t for ACE, I would have never gotten this opportunity to explore the different career paths that one can pursue in the fields of design and construction.
How do you see your future in design field and specifically as a women in this field?
As a women in this field, I see myself inspiring others like me to pursue this career. I believe that there are others like me that want to pursue a career in the design field, but they do not have the guidance or support to move them in the right direction. My high school teacher saw how passion driven I was in her Civil Engineering Architecture class, that she recommend me to sign up for this program called ACE. Through this program, I’ve gotten the chance to interact with professionals who worked in the fields of design and construction. I’ve learned valuable lessons from the mentors, and I hope to pass on this knowledge to the younger generations in hopes of inspiring them to pursue this career. My hope is that there will be an equal representation of women and men working in the fields of design and construction.
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