Growing up Rhiannon Lewis faced many hardships, including going through the foster care system. Instead of resenting her experiences, she used them to inspire her.
Because of her strong interest in physics and how the universe works, Rhiannon decided to study Aerospace Engineering. The semester after graduating from ASU Preparatory Academy in 2018, she started at the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University.
During her first year at ASU, Rhiannon had a part-time job working as a private tutor and joined the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She became the head of SWE’s committee that does outreach and mentoring for foster youth. Through her involvement, Rhiannon earned the “Rising Star” award and a sponsored trip to the annual conference in Anaheim, California, where she and her project group placed 2nd for their music therapy drum prototype for children with Autism.
She did all of this while maintaining a 3.8 cumulative GPA.
“My education will put me in a place where I can mentor adolescents who need guidance and whose lives I can enrich,” she told College Success Arizona. “Just because you may have started out with nothing doesn’t mean that you can’t accomplish everything.”
This summer. Rhiannon is first embarking on a weeklong study abroad trip to Iceland before heading to Colorado for a paid internship with Lockheed Martin. College Success Arizona is excited to continue to support Rhiannon on her journey as she breaks down barriers and makes a difference in her community.