Misha Smith is a second year student at Tallahassee Community College. Ms. Smith is majoring in Humanities. Ms. Smith also applied and was selected for the appointment of Senator for Communication and Humanities with TCC's Student Government Association. During her time at TCC, and especially while in SGA, her passion for addressing issues of poverty in the Tallahassee area were made apparent. In the spring semester of the her first year, she volunteered a considerable amount of time with Literacy Volunteers of Leon County, an organization that assists individuals with learning how to read, write, or speak English to ensure these literacy skills are not an obstacle for them in pursuing life goals. She also spent considerable amount of time in the beginning of her second year volunteering at Big Bend Homeless Coalition, a family and women's homeless community focused on ending homelessness through leadership, education, advocacy, and the provision of quality services. As a result of these experiences, and part of the reasoning of her wanting to be a part of SGA was to bring awareness to these issues to her fellow peers. And as she is preparing to graduate, she is displaying this civic efficacy by coordinating a SGA service event with the Big Bend Homeless Coalition to advocate for increased community and financial support for the homeless populations and prevention of homelessness in the Tallahassee area.
From my years in Girl Scouts serving dinners at Give Kids the World to countless hours of playing games with children at the Shriner's Hospital Christmas Parties, I thrived on providing quality life experiences to those who couldn't provide it to themselves. Being a first generation college student, I came to school with the understanding and appreciation that every day is an opportunity to acquire skills an experiences not many have access to. After tutoring literature at the local library, coaching youth gymnastics and independently organizing recreational activities for students at the local homeless coalition, I attained an ever-expanding appreciation for providing quality service for others. I have seen first-hand how exposure to poverty, domestic violence, and drug abuse can warp the innocence of a child's mind; but through heart-felt and enriched civic engagement, I know I can help make the world a bit happier. Currently as a student leader with research and allocation of resources and passions granted through my higher education, by spearheading the Student Government Association's First Annual Service Fest, with all proceeds benefiting five diverse local charities. Alas, it was the girl scout motto to make the world a better place!