Major: Construction Management
Expected Graduation: Summer 2025
Hometown: San Diego, California
My name is Connie Barzangi, and I’m a junior at Boise State. I’m a non-traditional student, and I am seeking a second bachelor’s degree in construction management. My first degrees were in math and human biology. I graduated from UCSD in 2012 and was planning on going to medical school, but upon successful completion of a 2-year internship, I decided otherwise. Fast-forward to 2018, I had just bought my first home, and it needed some renovations. I quickly fell in love with the construction process and decided to enroll. This degree has combined my passion for design and analytics; I never thought I could enjoy waking up and going to class. After graduation, I plan to work for a construction company and learn as much as I can about the virtual construction processes. Many companies have already started to utilize these programs. One instance is how companies are applying virtual reality. This allows clients to see color changes in walls in a blink of an eye, without ever having even to apply paint to the wall. This is so fascinating to me! After having spent time at Boise State with their amazing faculty, they have also opened my eyes as to how important thoughtful faculty are and what a difference these people can make in a student’s future. I’d love to someday be able to be this difference in a student’s life and would love to give back to the community in the form of teaching.
What does receiving this scholarship mean to you?
During this strange time, living in the pandemic of Covid-19, I was laid off from my job, and that same day I was notified of this scholarship. The moment was a roller coaster of emotion. If not for this scholarship, I might not be able to attend Boise State in the fall of 2020! Having been laid off for an undetermined time has really affected my monetary situation, and knowing that I will have help in the Fall is remarkable, and I’m forever grateful. Thank you!
“Without people like you in this world, many livelihoods would remain daydreams. I’ve never received a scholarship, and knowing that people, like yourself, are willing to give back to the community, makes me feel privileged to be a part of this world. Thank you for putting your confidence in me.”