Take Stock in Children Student Testimonies
Brianna Daly - Class of 2005
I was awarded the scholarship in 8th grade, and really didn't understand at the time what an impact it would have on my college years. My Mom was a big support and really motivated and pushed me to take the necessary steps to apply and comply with the requirements of the scholarship. when I first heard the news I couldn't wait to tell my parents, I knew that they would be so proud and excited for me.
My one regret with the scholarship was that I should have done more research on state schools and the scholarships utilization at a state school vs. a private college. My mentor and Dad warned me that the school I had my heart set on would only accept the scholarship partially and that I would still need loans. But, being a kid I thought the loans would be no big deal and that I would be able to pay them off in a breeze post-graduation. (If I knew then what I know now!) However, the additional funds from the scholarship were helpful in allowing me to not work for the first year in school, and afforded me other opportunities to travel abroad.
I had two mentors during my time with TSIC - Mr. Chip Walker took me on, and really tried hard to listen to my day to day problems of going throughout school and really tried to help guide me in my career choices. I was driven but lacked focus. He knew that my social life was the main focus and that I had great potential and was very helpful in reminding me to keep the bigger picture in mind. He was one of my biggest fans throughout the whole program and really helpful in looking at other schools and career choices.
College was one of the best time of my life, and while I have some feelings of financial regret, I am so glad that I gave Flagler a chance and feel like it helped shaped me into the person that I am today. The small class sizes and personalized experience I had with my instructors and staff was priceless for me.
I am now finishing up my MBA with St. Leo University and can't wait to see what the future holds for me. I hope that TSIC is still able to make an impact on future generations and am happy to help others on their path!