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Meet Brianna West - UAPB College Freshman & YGAB Summer Intern!

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

Meet Brianna, our 2020 Summer Intern! In this interview, you will hear how she planned for college, her advice to young ladies and incoming high school freshmen, along with her views on the world today . . .

Brianna, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I graduated from Uplift Hampton Preparatory High School - Class of 2020. I'll be a freshman at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and will be studying Biology/Pre-Med. I am also a cheerleader and do hair in my free time.

What made you choose to attend The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff for college?

I chose to attend UAPB to be as close as possible to my family, but chose not to attend a more known HBCU. I feel like this could help me meet new people and not run into somebody I've seen in high school.

As you enter college, what are you looking forward to the most?

What I am looking forward to most is meeting new people that will become friends for years and years after college. People that will always be there in the long run.

What advice would you give a high school senior who’s about to start applying for colleges in the Fall of this year - what should they do or not do when applying to a college?

When applying to college make sure you know the background and history of the college. As soon as you can apply for the FAFSA , do it, so you can know what exactly the government is paying for. When you pick your school, you'll know what scholarships to apply for so you can graduate debt free.

When it comes to scholarships, try to apply for 2 a week, you will be surprised how much money you get back.

What advice would you give a student who will be a freshman in high school in the Fall of this year - what should they do or not do to get the most out of high school?

As a freshman, you are now big kids. Everything you do matters, it will all be on your transcript when it is time to go to college. Do not go in there playing like it doesn’t matter because it does.

What advice would you give young ladies in high school about dating and friendships?

When it comes to dating, leave them little boys alone simply because they are still immature. I don’t really know what they want. They will break your heart in a minute when they see someone or something else they like. In high school you will have some friends, but what I asked myself when graduating was, "are those friends still here?". The answer was "no". You can have some people you talk to, but more than likely, they won’t be there in the long run (other than a few).

What did you learn at the YGAB Workshops that you have applied or can apply in the future?

What I learned was “Stay strong and be true to yourself”.

I got the opportunity to tell the younger ones that you are beautiful and you don’t need friends or anyone to tell you that. If you need to be by yourself with no friends, do that, and find what makes you happy.

That's awesome, Brianna! Ok... what is your dream job, and why?

My dream job is becoming a sports trainer. I want to be able to help all sports, but especially football or basketball players get better after they have injured themselves in the season. I also did this in high school.

Is there anything you’d like to share about how important the Black Lives Matter movement is to you?

Yes. God created all people, so of course, all lives matter. Right now, Black lives are suffering the most in our country. We need the Black Lives Matter movement to call this to everyone's attention, with everything going on in the world today.

If you can vote, I need you to vote because nothing is safe anymore. We need to not only protect ourselves, but others, and everybody in the black community.

That's incredible advice! What do you do to stay encouraged, focused, and motivated through the COVID-19 pandemic?

What pushes me to stay active and motivated is doing hair. I can do it and it becomes my happy place. It absolutely relieves my stress and makes me feel like there's nothing to worry about.

Brianna, thank you for doing this interview with us. The YGAB family is thrilled to work with you this summer, and we look forward to witnessing you accomplish AMAZING things in the future!


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