Cinthya Gonzalez

Cinthya Gonzales' power portrait

Dean's Scholar

Major:  Business Administration/Management
Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

Why did you choose your major?

My dad definitely inspired me when I chose this career. He is an excellent business manager who has contributed a lot to his company and has made a significant difference in the community and the lives of his employees. He inspired me at a very young age to follow in his footsteps and we both share the same passion and enthusiasm for a career in management. Knowing that I can make a difference while enjoying what I do is self-fulfilling and rewarding. 

What does receiving this particular award mean to you?

Receiving this honor feels extremely rewarding because it proves that my hard work throughout school has paid off, which gives me the confidence I need as I start off my career.

Who has had the greatest influence or impact on your life?  In addition, tell us about a SJSU faculty member who contributed to your academic success.

I would not be where I am if it were not for my parents and husband. Their financial and emotional support has had the biggest impact on my academic success. Over the last four years, their encouragement has helped me focus on school and prioritize what is important. 

SJSU has very knowledgeable professors who have a lot of industry expertise and experience. The one who has contributed the most to my academic success is Professor Laimin Lo. She saw potential in me and continued to push me to do better and set higher goals for myself. Realizing those goals helped me gain confidence, step out of my comfort zone, and make career changes that have contributed to my professional success.

Describe an experience that has shaped who you are today.

Coming to the United States when I was 15 had a big impact in my life. I struggled a lot at the beginning, and receiving this award is something I never would have dreamed of. Living here has given me academic opportunities that I did not have in Mexico, as well as a brighter outlook on my future career.

What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?

What has helped me most is having a good support system, whether it is a friend or family. I would tell others that getting a degree is hard work and they will struggle at times, but it is also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. I know that walking on stage the day of my graduation will be one of the proudest moments for my family and me.

What makes you a Spartan?

Like many fellow Spartans, I will be the first in my family to graduate from college. When I think of Spartans, I think of students who have to balance school and work to obtain a better future, which inspires others to follow their dreams. Making a difference in people’s lives is what being a true Spartan is all about -- and I am proud to be one of them.


Nominated by Associate Dean Malu Roldan
“Cinthya is a graduating senior who is in the Management Honors Program”