Date published: July 28, 2021
Dawanda has been sober for almost a decade and said, “I learned through this process I have a lot to give from my life experiences.” Those life experiences led her to enroll at HACC and work toward a degree in human services. Dawanda said that her freedom from being “incarcerated, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually” has taught her to “share my life, my journey, and my earned wisdom to help, to be of service in hopes to educate those who may be in the struggle that I am overcoming right now.”
Dawanda entered college at a difficult time, to say the least – her first year at HACC coincided with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Still, she said that her first year “has been really nice” and added, “I have had a few of the best caring individuals as professors one could ask for.”
“HACC has been providing the support I have needed to get through a historical year. Being here has also been a comfort during this pandemic,” she said.
Dawanda also said that just saying she is a HACC student has opened doors to new opportunities.