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Brianna De La Riva

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Hello, I'm Brianna, a dedicated computer science/software engineering enthusiast. My goal is to craft impactful software as a developer. Beyond that, I dream of becoming a remote software developer, allowing me to combine my passion for travel and embracing diverse cultures worldwide with my love for technology. My other passions include my dogs, aiding others, cherishing family, and exploring new horizons. With a focus on earning a BS in Computer Science (Software Engineering concentration), my journey is fueled by academic dedication and an unwavering determination for success. I'm striving towards excellence as a previous associate degree honors graduate, and I'm a published academic success chapter author. I'm also proud to have experience as a member and previous chapter officer of prestigious honor societies, such as Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Moreover, my commitment shines through volunteer work with community churches and the St. Vincent de Paul organization. Join me as I blend technical expertise with a heart for change, making my mark one line of code at a time.

Education

Southern New Hampshire University- Online

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Computer Science

Paradise Valley Community College

Associate's degree program
2019 - 2020
  • Majors:
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management

Paradise Valley Community College

Associate's degree program
2019 - 2020
  • Majors:
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Computer Software

    • Dream career goals:

    • Private Tutor

      Self Employed
      2016 – 20193 years
    • Customer Service Associate

      Walgreens Boots Alliance
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Substitute Teacher

      Frontline Educator
      2022 – Present2 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Deer Valley High School — Teacher's Aide, Volunteer
      2018 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      West Valley Emergency Food Pantry, St Johns Lutheran Church — Volunteer
      2018 – 2019
    • Volunteering

      The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store — Volunteer
      2022 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    McClendon Leadership Award
    Leadership is a catalyst for positive change. In an era defined by rapid transformation and evolving challenges, leadership emerges as the quintessential quality to steer societies toward progress and prosperity. This intrinsic force, regardless of one's career path or academic pursuit, holds the key to shaping vibrant communities, inspiring collective action, and ultimately ushering in a brighter future. Leadership isn't merely a title; it is a dynamic force that empowers individuals to effect change, foster unity, and contribute to the well-being of the global community. To me, leadership embodies the art and science of influence and empowerment. It transcends the traditional notions of authority, extending its reach to all corners of society. A leader is not confined by a position, but rather defined by their ability to ignite a spark of inspiration, ignite passion, and channel efforts toward shared goals. Leadership is characterized by empathy, a quality that allows one to connect with the needs, hopes, and aspirations of diverse individuals, forging bonds that fuel collective progress. The importance of leadership lies in its ability to be a catalyst for positive change. Leaders possess the unique capability to drive transformation at both the micro and macro levels. On a personal scale, leadership encourages self-discovery and growth, enabling individuals to recognize their potential and contribute meaningfully to their communities. Beyond personal development, leaders possess a profound impact on their surroundings. They guide communities toward cohesion and collaboration, fostering a sense of belonging and shared purpose. In an interconnected world facing complex challenges, leadership serves as a beacon of hope. It rallies individuals around causes larger than themselves, inspiring them to take action and drive meaningful impact. By harnessing their influence, leaders steer discussions, mobilize resources, and pioneer innovative solutions. From environmental conservation to social justice, leaders forge paths that bridge gaps, promote understanding, and leave lasting legacies of progress. This scholarship recognizes the imperative of cultivating leadership skills in our youth. It acknowledges that leadership isn't a destination but an ongoing journey of growth and empowerment. By supporting students with a penchant for volunteering, the scholarship fuels the very essence of leadership—the dedication to serving and uplifting others. These aspiring leaders are poised to harness their education and experiences, transforming them into vehicles for change and prosperity. As an aspiring leader, I recognize the transformative potential that leadership carries. The privilege of fostering positive change within my community through service and advocacy is both an honor and a responsibility. By combining my academic pursuits with a commitment to social impact, I am preparing to navigate a future where leadership isn't just an attribute; it's imperative. In conclusion, leadership is the driving force that steers societies toward growth, inclusivity, and progress. Its significance lies in its ability to transcend titles and spark positive change at all levels. Leadership isn't confined to a select few—it resides within each of us, waiting to be harnessed for the greater good. By nurturing this quality in students and fostering a culture of service, the scholarship paves the way for a world illuminated by the collective efforts of empowered leaders.
    Gender Expansive & Transgender Scholarship
    As a proud multiracial bisexual woman with a gender-expansive identity, my educational journey has been a colorful tapestry woven with both triumphs and challenges. Navigating my academic path as an individual who embodies the fluidity of gender and sexuality, I am determined to contribute to a more inclusive and understanding world, both within the educational sphere and the LGBTQ+ community. My unique identity as a gender-expansive individual has revealed the intricacies of inclusivity and acceptance. Overcoming adversity related to misconceptions and stereotypes, I have channeled my experiences into a fervent dedication to fostering greater understanding. Through workshops and events, I aim to advocate for accurate representation and create a safe space for students from all backgrounds. Pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a focus on Software Engineering, I am passionate about embracing technology as a tool for positive change. By immersing myself in courses that explore programming languages, algorithms, and more, I am preparing myself to contribute to the advancement of software development. By seeking out internships with various companies, both domestic and international, I will broaden my perspective and hone my skills in programming. This will further allow for the connection in communication between people across the world and better cultural understanding. In the future, I see myself as a leader in software development, utilizing my technological prowess to create, develop, and test software. By continuing my education and seeking experience, I aim to bridge the gap between LGBTQ+ and STEM careers, effectively championing diversity and empowerment. This aligns seamlessly with my aspiration to remote software engineering, an endeavor that harmonizes my passion for tech and my commitment to LGBTQ+ rights. Beyond academia, my involvement in the LGBTQ+ community is paramount. Post-graduation, I am excited to join STEM LGBTQ+ organizations, such as 500 Queer Scientists or Out to Innovate. These capture community initiatives focused on LGBTQ+ awareness, involvement, and guidance within the STEM field. In conclusion, my journey as a gender-expansive bisexual woman fuels my determination to drive change and foster understanding. With BS in Computer Science w/conc Software Engineering as my vessel, I am equipping myself with the skills and knowledge to create an impact in the technological world across geographical regions. As I embark on my career, I remain steadfast in my dedication to software development and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community. Guided by the power of education and compassion, I am resolute in my mission to redefine possibilities for gender-expansive individuals and amplify LGBTQ+ voices.
    Revolutionizing Robotics and Computer Sciences Scholarship
    In the realm of technology, where innovation is the driving force, there exists a world of boundless possibilities waiting to be explored and transformed. As a BS Computer Science student with a concentration in software engineering, my journey is not only about mastering programming languages and algorithms but also about pushing the boundaries of what technology can achieve. With a heart set on revolutionizing the field of robotics and automation, I find inspiration in both my academic pursuits and my unique life experiences. Being a woman in technology has led me to a journey of empowerment and growth. I am well aware of the underrepresentation of women in the tech industry. My journey is not just personal; it's about breaking barriers and redefining norms. My experiences, though initially limited, have been steadily expanding as I immerse myself in coding challenges and software development projects. Through dedication and perseverance, I am determined to shatter the glass ceiling that often hinders the progress of women in technology. Beyond the world of coding and algorithms, my creative mindset finds expression in diverse hobbies and interests. Traveling to immerse myself in different cultures has provided me with a broader perspective, enabling me to envision technological solutions that transcend geographical boundaries. Time spent with my dogs and family instills in me the values of collaboration, loyalty, and determination—values that resonate deeply within the tech industry, where teamwork and innovation are paramount. Learning new languages, whether they're spoken or written in code, mirrors my desire to communicate effectively across various platforms and mediums. The world of software development is in constant evolution, mirroring my aspirations. My ultimate goal is to become a remote software developer, bridging gaps and creating solutions that are accessible to individuals around the globe. This ambition aligns perfectly with my vision for revolutionizing robotics and automation. As technology continues to shape our lives, I envision a future where robotics seamlessly blend with our daily routines, enhancing efficiency and enriching our experiences. Whether it's harnessing the power of AI to revolutionize healthcare or designing automation systems that empower industries, the potential for transformation within the field is exhilarating. In conclusion, the journey toward revolutionizing robotics and automation is driven by both academic curiosity and personal experiences. By embracing diversity, I aim to contribute my unique perspective and creative spirit to reshape the landscape of technology. With every line of code I write, every challenge I overcome, and every language I learn, I am inching closer to the day when my vision of a technologically advanced and inclusive world becomes a reality.
    focusIT’s Women in IT Scholarship
    Stepping into a career in STEM as a woman holds profound significance for me. It embodies a journey that shatters glass ceilings, redefines norms, and empowers future generations of women to chart their paths in the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a woman with a fierce passion for computer science and software engineering, entering the STEM field isn't just a career choice—it's a statement of empowerment. It's about challenging the gender disparities that persist in these fields and rewriting the narrative to show that women belong at the forefront of innovation. My diverse background, encompassing English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Laotian heritage, adds a unique dimension to my STEM aspirations. It exemplifies the richness of perspectives that women from different cultures bring to the table. By embracing my identity, I strive to be a role model, showcasing that diversity fuels creativity and fuels progress. A career in STEM, for me, is an opportunity to break down barriers and redefine what's possible. It's about using my skills to create pathways for women who come after me, ensuring they have a seat at the table and their voices are heard. It's about fostering inclusivity, mentorship, and support networks that embolden women to pursue their passions unapologetically. My dream of becoming a remote software developer while traversing the globe is inherently tied to my commitment to women in STEM. Through technology, I want to show that a woman's presence knows no borders. My vision is to develop software solutions that not only revolutionize industries but also inspire women globally to embrace STEM with confidence. Receiving this scholarship would be a powerful affirmation of the value women bring to STEM fields. It's a recognition that my journey, as a woman navigating the world of technology, is valid and essential. With this scholarship, I can immerse myself fully in my studies, refine my skills, and solidify my position as a trailblazer for future women in STEM. In conclusion, a career in STEM as a woman is more than a professional choice—it's a movement. It's a promise to uplift, inspire, and empower. With every milestone I achieve, I aim to pave the way for more women to embrace STEM as a vehicle for change, innovation, and progress. As I step into this path, I carry with me the stories of the women who came before and the hopes of those who will follow.
    Chris Jackson Computer Science Education Scholarship
    The allure of the digital realm, with its endless possibilities and transformative impact, kindled my interest in pursuing a computer science degree. This journey sprouted from my early fascination with technology's ability to reshape the world, birthing a curiosity that evolved into a passion. As a teenager, I was captivated by the power of computers to translate human intent into tangible outcomes. This fascination deepened through my experiences, from tinkering with coding languages in computer science classes during high school to delving into complex algorithms as a current student in college. Every line of code felt like an instrument, enabling me to compose symphonies of logic that brought concepts to life on screen. The more I explored, the more I realized that computer science was not just a field of study; it was a dynamic landscape where creativity and innovation intersected. My goal after receiving my computer science degree is to step into the role of a software developer. I envision myself crafting elegant and impactful solutions to real-world problems. The notion of designing applications that enhance efficiency, enrich lives, and contribute to the technological fabric of society is my driving force. My dream job isn't confined to a particular company; rather, it's a pursuit of meaningful work that blends my technical skills with a profound sense of purpose. I believe I am the best candidate for receiving this scholarship due to the alignment of my aspirations and the values upheld by this scholarship. My journey hasn't solely been about mastering languages and algorithms; it's been about embracing technology as an instrument for positive change. I've actively sought out opportunities to utilize my skills for community service, both locally and virtually. My volunteer work at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, the West Valley Food Pantry, and even as a virtual "Habbo Helper" on HabboHotel.com is a testament to my dedication to service. Furthermore, my academic achievements underscore my commitment to excellence. As an honors associate degrees graduate, I've demonstrated not only a strong work ethic but also a genuine enthusiasm for mastering my field. My experience as a published academic success chapter author and my membership in prestigious honor societies such as Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and National Honor Society of Leadership and Success illustrate my drive to excel. Receiving this scholarship would be an honor, not just for the financial support it provides, but for the validation of my path and the recognition of my potential. The alignment between my aspirations and the scholarship's values, coupled with my dedication to service and academic achievements, positions me as a worthy recipient. This scholarship would not only propel me forward in my educational journey but would also empower me to continue using technology as a force for positive change.
    Cuervo Rincon Scholarship of Excellence for Latinas
    Within the intricate mosaic of my identity, my Hispanic heritage emerges as a guiding light, shaping my impact on the world and propelling my aspirations. Guided by the inherent spirit of a community deeply woven into Hispanic culture, I've found purpose in volunteer work at both the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and the West Valley Emergency Food Pantry within my community. Embracing the principle of lending a helping hand, I've dedicated my time to uplifting those in need, reflecting the principle of "ayudar a los demás" (helping others) central to my heritage. This ethos reverberates through my volunteer roles as a teacher's aide and extends to my virtual assistance on HabboHotel.com, where I've offered support driven by genuine care. As I strategically roadmap out my future, my heritage propels me toward a career seamlessly fusing technology with social impact. Pursuing a BS in Computer Science with a Software Engineering concentration, my objective is to craft solutions that genuinely transform lives. Just as "familia" (family) remains at the heart of Hispanic values, my commitment is unwavering—to utilize my skills to empower marginalized communities, ensuring equitable access to technological advancements that can enhance their lives. The scholarship I'm passionately pursuing holds significance beyond its financial value. It serves as a validation of my commitment to catalyzing change and a testament to my potential to make that change happen. With this scholarship, I can wholeheartedly immerse myself in my educational journey, honing my skills to their fullest potential. It becomes a pivotal stepping stone toward a future where my technical aptitude aligns harmoniously with my cultural values, forging a lasting and positive impact. In essence, my Hispanic heritage serves as a driving force behind my dedication to community service and the pursuit of meaningful change. This journey artfully interweaves technology with empathy, fostering a climate of inclusivity and advancement. Through this scholarship, I'm not solely investing in my education; I'm investing in a future where my skills and values harmoniously converge to benefit the wider society. In conclusion, the tapestry of my identity is adorned with the vibrant hues of my Hispanic heritage. This heritage fuels my commitment to community service, fuels my aspiration for transformative change, and fuels my resolve to champion inclusivity. As I traverse the path ahead, I remain steadfast in my vision of a future where technology empowers, uplifts, and bridges gaps. This scholarship is more than an opportunity; it's the catalyst that fuels the realization of my purpose-driven dreams.
    Filipino-American Scholarship
    My Filipino-American heritage has profoundly molded my life's purpose. It has cultivated in me a profound respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion, a dedication to community, and a resolute drive for positive transformation. Growing up in a home environment that celebrated both Filipino traditions and American values, I gained a unique perspective on the world. This dual cultural lens ignited a passion for understanding diverse cultures, leading me to study them further and travel for hands-on experience. At the core of my heritage is an emphasis on unity and compassion. The Bayanihan spirit, which emphasizes community support, taught me the significance of standing with those in need. This ethos propelled my involvement in volunteer work, both locally and internationally, solidifying my purpose to contribute meaningfully to society. Within my personal life, I actively try to be involved in volunteer work to help my community through churches and large organizations like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. I believe that my Filipino background influences my innate desire to help others and my community as it is in my blood. Pursuing a BS in Computer Science with a focus on Software Engineering, my heritage steers my aspirations. I'm driven to leverage technology to address social disparities and provide accessible solutions. I aim to design software that empowers marginalized voices and bridges digital gaps. I not only strive to achieve this but also aim to become a remote software developer, enabling me to travel, experience diverse cultures, and further expand my community service. Over this summer, I was fortunate enough to visit the Philippines for the first time which further deepened my connection to my roots. Experiencing Cebu City's vibrant culture, swimming with whale sharks, socializing with locals, and savoring local cuisines enhanced my appreciation for my heritage's authenticity. This firsthand experience reinforced my dedication to preserving and celebrating diverse cultures through my pursuits. In essence, my Filipino-American identity shapes my purpose—to cultivate cross-cultural understanding, employ technology for societal good, and foster unity through empathy. It propels me to create a more inclusive world where diverse strengths are cherished and integrated into impactful contributions.