Tiara Morgan, Broward College

April 21, 2015

Student Profile:

Tiara Morgan is working hard to be the first in her family to graduate from college. In addition to taking courses at Broward College, Morgan, 19, is working two jobs and still finds time to be involved in leadership roles and campus activities. One reason for pushing herself: Morgan hopes to be a role model for her two younger sisters. But it’s not always easy. Particularly in her first semester, it was a challenge to choose courses and to balance work and school commitments.

Fortunately, Morgan has a role model of her own—her C2C peer advocate. “Oh my God, I love my mentor!” she exclaims. “We meet up and talk about life and school. Without my mentor I wouldn’t be able to deal with the situations I’m dealing with.” Morgan’s peer advocate helps her to choose courses that will be a good fit, gives study skill advice, and connects her to campus resources she likely wouldn’t know about otherwise.

Morgan’s peer advocate has also encouraged her to participate in C2C service-learning projects, such as working to support cancer research and early childhood care. These opportunities have helped her feel more comfortable in college. “Going to service projects and meeting new people really helped me come out of my shell,” she says. “It helped me to not be so shy and reserved, to be more friendly and talkative.” In addition, this experience has solidified Morgan’s desire to help others: “I want to be a role model to someone. I want to make a change.”

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