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Vetesha Smith

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Hello, my name is Vetesha Smith. I am a Tribal member from a rural community, known as Crownpoint, located on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Reservation. I lived there with my mother who raised four kids as a single parent. I am a first-generation college student with continued goals of earning my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arizona. Currently, I reside in Phoenix, Arizona, where I would like to further and continue my education. I will be completing my transfer program and graduating with my Associate's Degree in Computer Information Systems. For the fall semester, I will begin my Bachelor of Science program at the University of Arizona as a transfer student.

Education

The University of Arizona Global Campus

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Science, Technology and Society

Tohono O'Odham Community College

Associate's degree program
2022 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Computer and Information Sciences, General

Tohono O'Odham Community College

Associate's degree program
2016 - 2021
  • Majors:
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Technical bootcamp

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Information Technology and Services

    • Dream career goals:

    • Food & Beverage Administrative Assistant

      Northern Edge Navajo Casino
      2014 – 20162 years
    • Food & Beverage Administrative Assistant

      Desert Diamond Casino
      2016 – 20182 years
    • Gaming Inspector

      Tohono O'odham Gaming Office
      2018 – 20224 years
    • Gaming Compliance Analyst

      Gila River Gaming Commission
      2022 – 20231 year

    Sports

    Swimming

    Intramural
    1998 – 20035 years

    Softball

    Intramural
    2002 – 20031 year

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Gila River Indian Community - VITA/TCE Program — Tax Preparer
      2023 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Philanthropy

    Harvey and Geneva Mabry Second Time Around Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Vetesha Smith. I am a Tribal member from a rural community, known as Crownpoint, which is located on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Reservation. I lived there with my mother who raised four kids as a single parent. I am a first-generation college student with continued goals of earning my bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. Currently, I reside in Phoenix, Arizona, where I would like to further my education, and have only recently graduated with my associate degree in computer information systems. I will begin my Bachelor of Science program at the University of Arizona this coming Fall semester as a senior. As a non-traditional student, I have experienced the highs and lows of life as a self-reliant college student. It was not easy supporting and obtaining my own income while trying to pay for school, working two jobs, and going to school full-time. Financially I struggled, which caused me to work more and focus on school a lot less. Now that I have adjusted to both working and attending class full-time, I am more capable of finishing what I started and accomplishing my goal of graduating with my bachelor’s degree. Once earned, I plan on returning home where I can fully utilize my degree in support of empowering my tribal community. I have always been interested in working in the STEM industry. When I was younger, I initially declared a Major Field of Study in Mechanical Engineering because I wanted to join the Air Force. At the time, I did not have a full grasp of my career path and what I wanted to do professionally. After many years of disinterest in experiencing other fields, I know now my full focus lies with Computers and Technology. I believe having an education in STEM, especially now when Technology is ever-changing almost daily, would provide more opportunities. In many rural areas on the Navajo reservation, the telecommunication structure for cellphone towers and internet access capabilities is scarce. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to stay inside their homes, Tribal community leaders on the reservation acknowledged and understood how restricted the access to the internet was. For this reason, as I earn my degree in STEM, I plan on moving back to the reservation to help build a better infrastructure so that the youth and the overall community have sufficient access to cell phones, internet services, and general technological resources. Having technology and internet access would be highly beneficial back home. I look forward to contributing my education and knowledge to successfully make this happen.
    focusIT’s Women in IT Scholarship
    Hello, my name is Vetesha Smith. I am a Tribal member from a rural community, known as Crownpoint, which is located on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Reservation. I lived there with my mother who raised four kids as a single parent. I am a first-generation college student with continued goals of earning my bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. Currently, I reside in Phoenix, Arizona, where I would like to further my education, and have only recently graduated with my associate degree in computer information systems. I will begin my Bachelor of Science program at the University of Arizona this coming Fall semester as a senior. As a non-traditional student, I have experienced the highs and lows of life as a self-reliant college student. It was not easy supporting and obtaining my own income while trying to pay for school, working two jobs, and going to school full-time. Financially I struggled, which caused me to work more and focus on school a lot less. Now that I have adjusted to both working and attending class full-time, I am more capable of finishing what I started and accomplishing my goal of graduating with my bachelor’s degree. Once earned, I plan on returning home where I can fully utilize my degree in support of empowering my tribal community. I have always been interested in working in the STEM industry. When I was younger, I initially declared a Major Field of Study in Mechanical Engineering because I wanted to join the Air Force. At the time, I did not have a full grasp of my career path and what I wanted to do professionally. After many years of disinterest in experiencing other fields, I know now my full focus lies with Computers and Technology. I believe having an education in STEM, especially now when Technology is ever-changing almost daily, would provide more opportunities. In many rural areas on the Navajo reservation, the telecommunication structure for cellphone towers and internet access capabilities is scarce. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to stay inside their homes, Tribal community leaders on the reservation acknowledged and understood how restricted the access to the internet was. For this reason, as I earn my degree in STEM, I plan on moving back to the reservation to help build a better infrastructure so that the youth and the overall community have sufficient access to cell phones, internet services, and general technological resources. Having technology and internet access would be highly beneficial back home. I look forward to contributing my education and knowledge to successfully make this happen.