Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Ruth Chavez dreams of becoming a Disney Imagineer and, without question, possesses the resolve and tenacity required to achieve her goal.
“With determination and persistence, you can accomplish anything,” she explains. “There’s no limit to imagination at Disney, and that’s just amazing.”
Ruth’s interest in engineering started in junior high when she participated in the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program at her school. She spent a lot of her time programming robots, and once even made shoes that walk on water.
“It gave me an insight into what an engineer does,” she says. “I’ve always loved math and science, so in high school I started looking into the different types of engineering, and decided my interest was between industrial engineering and engineering management.”
She graduated from high school in 2015 with a full-ride scholarship to Kansas State University — her dream school. Then, the unthinkable happened. Her younger sister, who was already in remission from lung cancer, was diagnosed with leukemia. With two little brothers also at home, her mother struggled to balance their needs with her sister’s doctor visits.