Western Washington University Alumni Association

Brittany Smith

Major - Interdisciplinary Studies (Dance, Business, Youth)
Hometown - Renton, WA

“With the Alumni Association Leader Scholarship, I am able to focus more on my studies and no longer have to work two jobs while being a full-time student.”

Upon arriving to Western Washington University, I transferred from both Virginia State University and Bellevue Community College. During my time at both colleges, I studied Business Administration and received my associates degree in 2011. I would have received my degree in 2010 if not for the challenges I faced in Accounting. Despite my adversity, I persevered. In 2011, I came to Western based on the influence of my counselor and Western’s Fairhaven Program. From fall quarter of 2011 until now, my stay has not been that easy. As a student who needed financial aid, I had to take at least 12 credits or more. Although financial aid covered majority of my tuition, I was still left with a burdensome amount that in order to take care of, I needed to work two jobs. Working two jobs seemed decent at the time, but once my performance in my studies started to decrease I stopped working and made it my goal to fill out every scholarship at Western I qualified for.

Words cannot describe the joy I feel in regards to receiving this scholarship. A lot of times we as people give up on many opportunities because we allow the fear of rejection to take place. I used to be that way until I made up in my mind I could no longer operate in fear if I wanted to make a difference. That is what it is all about, doing the best I can so that I can make a difference in someone else’s life.

When I am not studying, I am dancing and spending time with kids. Both are my passion and the reason why I am in school. When I feel down or need encouragement, they both lift me up.

I would like to encourage others to NEVER give up. That may sound cliche, but success only finds those who are determined enough to push past adversity.

 

 

 

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