Meet our Students
MiraCosta College student, Brittney Smith has inspired many children and peers through her volunteer work, which continues to be a large part of her busy life. Brittney started volunteering at the age of six, and now works with Kids Korp, Girls Inc., Rady’s Children’s Hospital, Switchfoot Bro Am [Standup for Kids], The Lux Art Institute and the Community Foundation. During her freshman year at MiraCosta College, she helped start Rotaract International. As an officer, she helped organize the Water for Sudan fundraiser, a Thanksgiving turkey drive, and a blanket drive for orphans. Brittney also has worked several jobs on campus as a student blogger, a student worker for San Elijo Campus Associate Dean Nikki Schaper, and a student ambassador.
Brittney shared that one of her favorite parts of being a student ambassador was working at "Kids @ College”, an event during which children in third grade get to visit MiraCosta College and learn about college while taking fun courses that engage their age group and interest them in a college future. Student ambassadors work the event and get the opportunity to lead and teach children in new and innovative ways.
“I love getting to work with children and teach them. Kids @ College gave me the opportunity to put those two things together. I was able to introduce them to how fun college can be.”
Brittney is on the MiraCosta College President’s List and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and associated student government. She was awarded two MiraCosta College Foundation scholarships in the past two years: the Elizabeth Reid Memorial Scholarship in 2012 and the David M. Jennings II Memorial Endowed Scholarship in 2013.
“Both scholarships have meant so much to me as I have a large financial need to fill when paying for college and I come from a single parent home, “ said Brittney. “The fact that people feel I am worthy of their scholarship is pretty amazing, and I’m extremely grateful and honored”.
“I especially feel very connected to my latest scholarship from the Jennings’ family. I had a lot in common with David Jennings II. We both worked with Associated Student Government, the Student Ambassadors and charities on campus, and ultimately had the same goal: to transfer to UCSD. David sounds like he was an incredible person and I am so touched his family felt I was who they wanted to give their scholarship to.”
Brittney pays her way through college with part-time work and financial aid, like her own mother did. Her mother was a first generation college student who went to school full-time and worked full-time, all while raising a child. College was a big leap and dream for her mother and now Brittney is following in her footsteps.
“My mother’s determination and accomplishments have been a huge motivation and inspiration for me as I work toward my degree.”
Brittney plans to transfer to UC San Diego in fall 2014 to finish her bachelor's degree. But first she will receive her A.A. in liberal arts and humanities at MiraCosta College. She would eventually like to obtain a master’s degree at UC San Diego or Stanford.
"I decided to major in human development because I love working with people and learning from new perspectives. Human development gives me the opportunity to do that and also gives me many different career options after I graduate,” Brittney said.
In Brittney's spare time she loves to hike, dance and play tennis. She tries to hike every other weekend to help reduce stress, relax and enjoy a healthy activity with friends. Brittney grew up in San Diego and can’t wait to start at her dream school of UC San Diego in 2014, all thanks to the support at MiraCosta College.
"MiraCosta College has been a huge part of my growing process. I have learned so much from working with the amazing staff and the wonderful professors while attending school here. My experiences here have really changed my life for the better.”