Bria Allsbrooks

Northeastern Technical College

"Technical college had resources available to me that the four-year university didn’t. Technical colleges make sure you have the help and support you need."

I was born and raised in Chesterfield, the only girl in my immediate family. I went to school at Chesterfield High School and graduated in 2014. After that, I went off to Winthrop University. I did a semester there, but ultimately ending up leaving due to financial circumstances. It was just too expensive. I left Winthrop in December, then joined Northeastern for a “mini-mester” which started in February. From February on, I worked towards my Associates in Science, and received that degree in 2018. In August of 2019, I got approved for the nursing program. I just finished that degree in May.

This is the story of how funding my future helped me uncover my calling. 

 

What was going on in your head after going off to college then having to come back?

When I left for Winthrop, I was happy and excited to try something new. I was also nervous because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I had a good experiences there but it was just too costly. Going off to a four-year college, financial aid barely covered anything. I had to come up with money for books, tuition, everything. My financial aid barely even touched it. When I came to Northeastern, financial aid covered everything.

Had I known better, I would have definitely started off at Northeastern — and this is the advice I would offer others. Winthrop was a good experience, but I realized I needed to get a base foundation before jumping into something so huge.

 

How did affordability factor into things for you? 

I would tell people it’s okay to start off at a technical college, even if you want to eventually branch off and go see what the four-year college life is like. At the end of the day, you’re getting the same degree for less money. It’s also helping you save. Plus, you can go to school and still have a local job. 

 

What have you had to overcome on your journey? 

When I applied to the nursing program, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t realize how hard it was until I started doing the work. I literally had my Mama remove the TV from my room and cut off my satellite, because that’s how tedious it was trying to study, do 12-hour clinicals and keep a certain GPA required by the nursing program. 

 

How did your perception of technical college change over time? 

As I went through the process, I realized how much they offered me along the way. Technical colleges had resources available to me that the four-year university didn’t. Technical college makes sure you have the help and support you need.

 

What did you learn about yourself along the way? 

I can do anything I set my mind to. I just have to keep pushing, keep praying and just keep God first. 

Also, get comfortable being uncomfortable. I was very uncomfortable with a lot of stuff that was going on in life at that time. Not being able to work due to course load. Being stuck in a room for four hours a day studying. Trying to make sure I understood the information in front of me. Trying to maintain my GPA and my grades.That was all very uncomfortable at times. I knew this was something I had to do. I just had to get comfortable with it. It’s okay to ask for help when you need it.

 

What would you tell a high schooler considering their future path? 

Take your time. Research where you want to go. It’s okay to start off small and then branch off. Start small and you can always go big.