California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoTrustee Jack McGrory Scholar
Born and raised in Brazil, Thayara Almeida
moved to the U.S. at the age of 23. She learned
English by figuring out the language on her own.
As a first-generation student, she lives with guilt
associated with leaving her parents, brother
and extended family behind to pursue higher
education, and she struggles with bills and
school assignments. But these challenges also
have contributed greatly to her growth.
Thayara is a senior civil engineering student
at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her volunteering
in Guatemala on a water-systems project,
completing an internship at a Santa Cruz civil
engineering firm and working as a project
engineer for a construction firm have solidified
Thayara’s civil engineering aspirations.
She looks forward to focusing her interests,
discovering opportunities in her field and
becoming a professional engineer. Her goal is
to design sustainable projects.