MEET THE FOUNDER
Growing up in a small rural town, there were limited resources for Shawntia when she was ready to enroll in college. Being the first to have the aspiration to attend college in her family, support with the logistics involved in enrolling in college was very limited, which made the experience daunting and scary. Shawntia has always been a solutions-oriented person, therefore needless to say, her determination prevailed, and she graduated with honors.
Through her own experience, she realized that there were others that carried the same feelings and emotions, especially with minorities and low-income families. Her mission became quite clear, advocating for deserving academic minorities and low-income scholars with the dream to attend the college of their choice birthed College Thriver
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Currently, she is completing her graduate studies in Public Relations from Southern New Hampshire University. She has an extensive background in the entertainment industry, which includes TV, with roles in editing, production, and leads research; radio, with roles in promotion, production, and reporting; magazine and newspaper, as a staff writer and managing editor; and promotions at a major film casting company, where Melody planned casting calls and scouting events for projects including, The Great Debaters, Fast & Furious, Men of Honor, and Seven Pounds.
ADMINISTERS TEST & CURRICULUM
The theoretical view is that teaching imparts knowledge, skills, and information. However, for Erica’s students, it provides access to opportunities their last name, parents, and/or community cannot provide. She is passionate about doing the work needed to actually create equitable outcomes for students in the most underserved communities.
When she speaks to groups you can expect her to make you laugh, cry, discover, and dance! Whatever dream you have, she believes in you! During her free time, you can find her volunteering in the community, reading mystery books, singing and dancing in public, playing the piano, going to comedy shows, watching Disney movies, eating at all the nearby restaurants, and spending time with her parents and sister.
College Thriver provides students with access to affordable solutions for college admissions, student housing, transportation, counseling, and scholarships. These solutions give low income students a hand up to becoming more successful in life.