Greater! – Alumni Update Featuring Brianca Stubbs
This month’s installment of Alumni Update comes from 2016 graduate, Brianca Stubbs. Read on to learn more about what she’s been doing since graduating from Northwest Technical Institute.
What degree did you earn, and what is your current employment status?
I’m a Licensed Practical Nurse for Katherine’s Place At Wedington. I enjoy working the floor as a caregiver to those who entrust me to help them meet their needs on a daily basis.
Has your pursuit of a college education influenced your children?
Yes; both of my sons play with their toys, pretending to be doctors. Depending on the day of the week, my oldest son would like to become a surgeon or a pastor. My youngest wants to be a “tummy doctor!”
What kept you motivated during your time as a SPSF NWA scholarship recipient?
During my journey, my children motivated me to wake up each day and strive to be greater! I also had support from family, church family, and I could never forget the support I got from the SPSF staff, board, and donors.
What was the most beneficial part of being a SPSF scholarship recipient?
Knowing there were so many people who BELIEVED in me, when at times, I did NOT believe in myself. Knowing I could just pick up the phone and call, email, or stop by the SPSF office to ask for advice was heartwarming and encouraging. Knowing there were donors out there in the community who believed in single parents like me because they donated the funds I needed to get through school without the burden of meeting expenses. Also, who could forget the many family activities that were offered throughout each semester, free of cost?!
What has changed most for you and your family, now that you are no longer in school?
Our schedule! Now that I’m finished with school, I’m able to spend much more time with my boys. We enjoy being active in our church, traveling, and volunteering out in the community.
What are your favorite family activities?
My children love going to Chuck E. Cheese’s and Fun City Pizza. We also love playing doctor & patient! We enjoy reading, going to church, and spending time with our family.
What is your favorite SPSF memory or activity?
We will NEVER forget our very 1st train ride, thanks to the partnership between Arkansas Missouri Railroad and SPSF. We also enjoyed the cookout beforehand because we were able to meet and fellowship with other recipients.
What do you enjoy most about being a parent?
Simply waking up with Mason and Kai to something new and positive each day is a rewarding feeling as THEIR mother! I especially enjoy when my children pray each day before school. One funny thing they do (that I secretly LOVE) is argue over who gets the hold the door open for me on the way out to work!
What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
To the many donors who gave from their heart to fund education for single parents like me, I want to thank YOU from the bottom of MY heart! Your support helped me meet monthly expenses, as well as unexpected transportation and school costs. I was able to walk the graduation stage on June 21, 2016 at approximately 7 p.m., and in those moments, I reflected on YOUR support for helping me get through the nursing program.
What advice would you give someone desiring to go back to school?
I’ll leave you all with a scripture that I read each day, especially when times feel hard. “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” If your days ever feel impossible, reminisce on this scripture: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” If I did it, so can you! Believe in yourself, and don’t forget about your children looking up to you.
Posted by Christina Meeks on Monday, April 17th, 2017 @ 5:00AM
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