Karina Crescini – gaining confidence through adversity

This experience has taught me the value of commitment and accomplishing the things I said I would do.  I have learned to be grateful to each and every person by working with love in my heart instead of results in my head. I have been able to meet and understand a diverse number of families and to learn so much more … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageKarina Crescini – gaining confidence through adversity

Amy Pigozzi – Independence, emotional strength, and self-confidence

In my four years, I have gained a unique perspective – an appreciation for what I have and how I live.  It has taught me to be selfless, given me a support system of reliable friends, and helped shape my character and build my integrity. This experience has afforded me the opportunity to pay for college, travel the world, start investing, … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageAmy Pigozzi – Independence, emotional strength, and self-confidence

Naomi Langley – Being a person of influence

Naomi Langley – University of Florida The Southwestern Advantage internship was the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Mississippi is forever marked with my sweat and tears, and it was all worth it. I learned discipline, sales skills, and how to get a mustang out of a mudhole. I made lasting relationships with some of my customers and still … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageNaomi Langley – Being a person of influence

Manny Vargas – Making myself recession-proof in the Southwestern Internship!

Manny Vargas – University of Florida It was Fall 2002 when I first heard about the Southwestern Advantage summer work program. I was walking out of my Architectural Design class, when a classmate brought up the old “what we did last summer” conversation. I told him about my glorious summer before college interning for free at a firm in Tampa Bay … Read More

Southwestern AdvantageManny Vargas – Making myself recession-proof in the Southwestern Internship!