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Brooke Sterling, 2023 UWSWA Intern and student at the University of Alabama “Beneath the clothes, we find a man. And beneath the man …we find… his nucleus.”- Jack Black from "Nacho Libre"

2023 Intern Spotlight – Brooke Sterling

In our latest intern spotlight, we are thrilled to introduce Brooke Sterling, a remarkable student hailing from the University of Alabama. Majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Music, Brooke brings a unique blend of analytical thinking and creative expression to her internship at the United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA).

For Brooke, the internship opportunity at UWSWA holds immense value. It not only allows her to establish valuable connections but also provides her with the hands-on work experience crucial for her professional growth. As a driven and ambitious individual, she recognizes the significance of this opportunity in shaping her future career path.

Before attending the University of Alabama, Brooke grew up in the charming town of Silverhill, Alabama. Her upbringing in a tight-knit community instilled in her a deep appreciation for the power of unity and giving back. It is this sense of community that motivates her to participate in initiatives that uplift and empower those around her. Brooke’s dedication to making a positive impact extends beyond her academic pursuits. She has actively volunteered in various capacities, leaving a lasting impression on those she has served. Last spring, she participated in Al’s Pals through the University of Alabama, where she mentored and encouraged children at local elementary schools. This experience allowed her to witness firsthand the transformative power of inspiration and support in young lives.

When Brooke is not immersed in classwork or engaged in her internship, she can be found enjoying quality time with her friends or exploring the beauty of the great outdoors. This balance between work and leisure is essential for her well-being and fuels her enthusiasm for life. A cherished family tradition for Brooke is the celebration of Lunar New Year. This festive occasion holds deep cultural significance, and she and her loved ones come together to commemorate it by indulging in traditional Asian cuisine throughout the day. This celebration not only strengthens their familial bonds but also serves as a reminder of the rich heritage they share.

When asked about her perspective on improving the quality of life in a community, Brooke emphasizes the importance of investing in the next generation. She firmly believes that by focusing on encouraging and inspiring children, we pave the way for a brighter and more prosperous future. Brooke’s dedication to empowering youth perfectly aligns with her internship at UWSWA, an organization that shares her vision of uplifting communities from within.

Brooke Sterling’s passion for engineering, her musical talent, and her commitment to community service make her an exceptional intern. With her interdisciplinary skills and creative mindset, she brings a unique perspective to her work at UWSWA. We are excited to witness the impact she will continue to make as she combines her passion for engineering, music, and community service to create a positive change in the world.

What is your favorite quote?

““Beneath the clothes, we find a man. And beneath the man …we find… his nucleus.”- Jack Black from Nacho Libre