Since graduating from high school in 2015, Brianna Hill has wanted to pursue a career helping children.
Hill will be closer to that goal after graduating from Fort Valley State University during the Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 13. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. in Wildcat Stadium on Fort Valley State University’s campus. The Atlanta, Georgia, native will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences (FACS) with a concentration in infant and child development.
Before enrolling at FVSU, Hill worked for a day care center for more than a year after high school. “I wanted to gain independence as well as chase my dream and career. When I came and did the college tour, the school’s appearance and atmosphere won me over,” the 26-year-old said describing why she chose FVSU.
With her desires and experiences of working with children, it was no surprise that she selected FACS as her major. “I always wanted to work with children, but I also wanted to work with families as well. This major allows me to understand children during every stage of life and the impact families have on their lives,” said FVSU’s newest alumna.
Describing her undergraduate experience, Hill said it was filled with ups and downs. “Overall, I enjoyed the roller coaster ride to success. Nothing comes easy, but I’m glad I just didn’t give up,” she said.
The FACS major honed her skills working as an intern at FVSU’s Child Development Center where she served as a teacher’s assistant. In addition to observing the everyday role of a childcare worker, Hill said she learned the highs and lows of the profession in putting her child development skills to use.
Furthermore, the FVSU graduate said she comes to tears realizing that her college days are nearly over and gives her family credit for supporting her in completing her education. “They have been part of this journey from the beginning and have guided and helped me during the times I needed them the most,” she said.
Hill’s advice to students seeking a degree in FACS is insightful. “You will learn so much that can help your family and friends with young children and be exposed to things you wished you knew growing up. Even if you do not choose a teaching career, you can still have an impact on a child’s life with the education received from this program. Do not give up when times get hard, and once you get through it, you will succeed. There is always sunshine after the storm.”
After graduation, Hill plans to pursue a career helping children and families as a family advocate and child life specialist. “No matter what path God takes me, I will positively guide and help all children,” she said.
To learn more about the infant and child development program at FVSU, visit https://bit.ly/3LZLXZy