President

Valarie Cardenas

Hometown – Dallas, TX
Year – Senior
Major – Supply Chain

What is your favorite thing to do in Austin? 

I love having spontaneous adventures in Austin with friends whether it’s exploring new coffee shops or trying new food, there’s always something to do.

Favorite Thing About HBSA?

HBSA.

Top three favorite moments with HBSA?

  1. Being elected President and surrounded by all of the support was such a humbling experience. Knowing that I would be able to still give back my Senior Year and serve on council once again reignited the passion I have for the organization.
  2. Company Night is one of HBSA’s signature events and being directly involved since my freshman year has allowed me various opportunities.
  3. Thanksgiving Potluck is always where you feel the family that HBSA provides students and what the organizations means to difference people.

Why should students join HBSA?

HBSA is an organization that can be for you what you need it to be. Whether that’s a family that understands the transition of being a first-generation college student to having opportunities that allow you to connect with alumni from various backgrounds, HBSA has it all. It’s an organization that has allowed me to grow personally and professionally while still pursuing outside passions. HBSA has genuinely given me the confidence to challenge myself and pursue various goals, and having the support system of talented individuals always keeps you going.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In about 5 years I hope to be back in school working towards a Master’s degree. By then I would hope to have solid work experience that would allow me to give back in non-profit work and further my formal education.

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

Take advantage of every single opportunity that you can, and give it your 100%. Study abroad, go to that random event, say hi to that student you always sit next to – you never know what could happen! Also remember that your school/life balance is going to be completely different from everyone else’s. While your education is the most important thing, remember to have fun! Reach out to upperclassmen to ask for advice on anything- they were just in your shoes a couple of years ago. Take advantage of anything and everything… Don’t be afraid to go for it!