Fatima Cid

Fatima Cid

I am currently preparing to take the professional licensing examinations in Civil Engineering in Puerto Rico. I will obtain a Bachelor's degree with a major in Science and Mathematics from the Polytechnic University in San Juan in March, 2012. In the Summer of 2011 I spent two months in an internship sponsored by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). The project we worked on was a hydrographic study of rivers and streams in Colville National Forest. I really enjoyed that internship as I'm interested in continuing studies in water resources. In addition, that experience was particularly enriching culturally. I was born in the Dominican Republic and lived there until age eleven when I moved to Puerto Rico with my mother and siblings. I went through high school and college in Puerto Rico and, although I learned English in PR and obtained my American Citizenship while living there, I hadn't had the opportunity to visit the continental US. Those two months of immersion in the American culture and language were very rewarding. Most recently I attended the SC-11 Conference (Super Computing 2011 Conference) in Seattle, Washington and had a great time there. My plans for the future include moving to live in the lower forty-eight although I don't know yet exactly where. However I intend to continue studying for a post-graduate degree in engineering. Most of my time has been devoted to my career studies for several years but that doesn't mean that's all I've been doing. I have had to work to pay for my school and defray my expenses. I've worked as a cashier in a supermarket and I've worked in college providing educational services to handicapped students. I have also engaged in normal activities of my age group: I enjoy music, dancing, traveling and sport (I practice Kung-fu). My future plans include raising a family of my own.