University of Northern Iowa senior Brianna Fisher found her calling. It just took longer than she would have liked.
Fisher, a Davenport, Iowa, native, was undecided in her major during her first two years on the UNI campus.
“I really disliked being an undecided major for so long, but I didn't really know what I wanted to do,” said Fisher. “I just tried a little bit of everything. I took a few of the basic level family services classes, and was very interested in them. Every class that I’ve taken I've enjoyed, so I knew that this was my clear path.”
She is now decided about her future – attending a graduate school program to study youth leadership development. She even knows what her dream job is.
“I love children,” Fisher said. “They are definitely my calling in life. Youth leadership development is all about children and their growth, and working with them in different ways. What drew me to this specific degree was that there are also partnerships with the Peace Core where traveling and working with children are the main focus. Working with children in the Peace Corps is my ultimate dream.”
Fisher has enhanced her education at UNI by getting involved with student organizations. She is active in NCI, SAVE and is a peer mentor. This has provided her with additional skills that will benefit her in her professional career.
“I like all of the clubs, not only because I think they're fun, but also they’re serving a purpose,” said Fisher. “It has helped with communication skills, public speaking skills, and in all of them I work one-on-one and in groups. I also do a lot of planning and workshopping. All of these skills translate into the workplace.”
Fisher’s journey at UNI has been made possible by scholarship support. She has received multiple scholarships at UNI, allowing her to maximize her college experience. They even gave her the financial freedom to travel overseas, as she went to Bahrain as part of Camp Adventure this past summer. It was her first time traveling outside the United States.
“Scholarships have helped me tremendously with my education,” Fisher said. “I didn’t need to take out any student loans. For me, that was incredible. I didn’t touch my bank account and could save up for other things I wanted to do and enjoy. I’ve been able to focus on everything important without the worry of finances. That stems from scholarships.”
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“When a student receives a scholarship, it really makes a huge impact,” said Fisher. “It allows the student to do so many other things with their time at the university and in their community.”