University of Arkansas at Monticello

Brittany Dees (2010)

My First Generation Story

I come from a farming family and learned at an early age the value of hard work. My parents have always worked hard and instilled me with that same work ethic at an early age. They also had a strong belief in the value of education and made attending college not just a dream, but an expected and reachable goal.

My parents knew that a college education would help me go farther in life, regardless of the career path I chose. I am the first person in my family to go to college. As a first-generation college student, I have been exposed to wonderful opportunities I never knew existed. I have met new people and gained a richer and broader perspective on life.

UAM has given me the opportunity to grow, not only academically, but socially and professionally as well. As a member of the Student Ambassadors, I have the privilege of working with the Office of Admissions in the recruitment of new students, many who are just like me—the first in their family’s to attend college.

I am extremely grateful to my parents for their encouragement and support, and they are proud of me and what I have accomplished. In May I will graduate with a degree in animal science and hope to continue my education in graduate school. But regardless of how far my educational experience takes me, I will always be grateful to my family for their love and support.

About the Student

FGV: Brittany Dees

Brittany Dees is a senior majoring in animal science in the School of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She will graduate in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Student Stats

Name: Brittany Dees (2010)
Age: 19
Year in School: Senior
Major: Animal Science
Favorite Course: Beef Production
Dream Job: College Professor of Animal Science

About the School

FGV: Univ of Ark at Monticello

The University of Arkansas at Monticello is a comprehensive four-year liberal arts university with a main campus in Monticello and technology campuses in Crossett and McGehee. The University is committed to a policy of open admissions, guaranteeing educational opportunities for future generations. UAM enrolls approximately 3,500 students on its three campuses with approximately 50 percent representing the first in their families to attend an institution of higher education. UAM offers programs ranging from technical certificates to master’s degrees. Founded in 1909 as the Fourth District Agricultural School, UAM joined the University of Arkansas System on July 1, 1971. The institution is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and holds specialized accreditation for its programs in forest resources, nursing, teacher education, music, and social work.



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