As she approaches graduation and grows close to going to college, remedy Erica Pierce questioned how her life is going to change. “What am I going to do without seeing the same people five days a week? How am I going to feel when I have to start all over, not only with my education; but the opportunity to live a different lifestyle?” Erica wrote in an essay. Though she is unsure of what college life will bring, Erica is positive that her efforts throughout high school have helped her and made her life more purposeful. She wants to make sure all of her hard work will pay off.
Though she has not decided on her major yet, Erica has multiple different interests. Some options she has considered studying include gaining education as a veterinarian, zoologist, lab technician, or in the area of biology, even possibly law. Her top college choice is Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. “It’s not too far from home but I can still get the college experience which is what I really want to do,” Erica said. With their wide range of classes, the fact that she can bring her car and its close proximity to her house, Christopher Newport is very appealing to Erica.
While she is still in high school, Erica remains active at her school. “All the sideline football games I froze at cheering my class on, homecoming parades I was a part of as a blue devil cheerleader, homecoming princess a few years back has all shaped me into the motivated senior I am today,” Erica said. Along with cheerleading, she also loves to spend time with her family, enjoys her school work, and she also loves to work. Currently she works at Fairfield Middle School as an office assistant. With different events, she is also able to participate in community service with organizations such as the National Beta Club, the National Honor Society, and the Key Club.
Erica said her mother influences her to succeed the most in life. “She raised me and my sisters as a single mother and she had to drop out of college to do so,” Erica said. “She encouraged me to live a better life and she’ll support me in whatever I do, so I always know that she’s going to be there no matter what.” She said while being the second child to attend college can be “expectant” to some, Erica said with her amazing family, her eyes have been opened to the fact that there is so much more to life.
Erica said growing up in a small town encouraged her to want to broaden her horizons by leaving and going to school away from her home. “I have served my time here and I’m going to go share where I’m from and show people that if you live here you can go anywhere you want, no matter where you come from,” she said. “Now the time has come for me to pack up and begin a ‘deserved’ life in a different environment.”