During her freshman year of high school, Brieana Higley-Anderson
never entertained the idea of going to college because higher
education was not seen as important. During this time, Brieanas
mom struggled with addiction issues and poverty. Life with her
father and his step-family was not easy either. As a result, Brieanas
childhood was one of isolation and she turned to education and
mentors for opportunities. With their support, she graduated as
valedictorian from high school.
Today Brieana is a third-year child development major with minors
in psychology and womens and gender studies at California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She works as a
special-needs assistant for the city of San Luis Obispo and interns as
a mentor with the Cal Poly Bakari Project, which focuses on helping
youngsters in the justice system.
Continuing on this mentoring path, Brieana will apply to graduate
schools in the fall of 2013 to earn a masters degree in social work.