Student Angela Wilson Says Support of Cincinnatus Goes Beyond
the FinancialDate: Jan. 4, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Photos by Dottie Stover
Angela Wilson of Cleveland, Ohio competed in the very first
Cincinnatus competition back in 1997. She is now looking ahead to
graduating in spring 2002 with her degree in computer engineering,
and with valuable experience after performing a co-op last year at
the GE engine plant in Evendale. Wilson says it was the University
of Cincinnati's reputable engineering, the Emerging Ethnic Engineers
program and co-op programs that attracted her to campus.
The full Cincinnatus award was not only a financial relief as she
planned for college, but also Wilson says the support out of the
Cincinnatus office often helped her feel like she was "one of the
best. Staff members have always been helpful, whether it was related
to school or just personal. It (Cincinnatus) has given me a great
Wilson says her interest in computer engineering began at
Collinwood High School, her alma mater. She says she participated in
several math and science clubs and also took an active role in
mentor programs at her school, adding to her commitment to service,
which is emphasized by the Cincinnatus awards.
As part of her experience in her five-year program at UC, Angela
did four rotations at GE last year through UC's cooperative
education program, the largest of its kind in the United States. The
cooperative approach to education, founded at the University of
Cincinnati back in 1906, gave Angela professional work experience as
she earned her degree, which in turn will give her an edge when she
enters the workforce after graduation.
Angela says she worked as a project manager during her paid
experience at GE in Evendale, working on projects that included
computer software development, code revisions and hardware. "I
really learned a lot during my time there...about the industry and
the company. The most valuable thing I learned was how to interact
with all types of people."
Angela competed in Cincinnatus during her senior year in high
school and says it was a great experience and an opportunity to meet
students and their parents from around the country. She has a word
of advice for the students looking ahead to the next competition:
"Just be yourself. Most of the time during competitions like these,
we tend to over exaggerate our personalities, so we can stick out
from the rest. Students, just be the natural leaders that you are.
"I would also tell students to get tons of rest the night before
the competition, and have fun!"