Stories of Excellence–Brittany Welborn
Brittany Welborn’s life has been both a literal and figurative journey. At the young age of 22, she has served her country abroad and continues to dedicate her life to the service of others. Having learned much from her experiences in the National Guard, she is continuing to learn at Mitchell with the goal of giving back to the local community in a different way.
Welborn made the life-altering decision to enlist into the National Guard at the age of 17. “I enlisted in the National Guard to help accelerate my decision making,” she said, “and also to help myself become a more mature, reliable, and strong individual.” She shipped off for basic training only a month after graduating high school. After Welborn completed her basic training, she was deployed to Syria for over six months. From there, she was sent to Qatar and then Kuwait. Welborn explained that she learned a lot about herself and other people through these experiences. “It helped me learn how to respect everyone and their cultures and religions,” she noted, “To see that everyone has their own way of life.” Her experiences overseas also helped her be more assertive and confident in her communication, foundational skills she continues to build upon.
In 2019, after serving in the National Guard, Welborn decided to attend Mitchell Community College. “After about four years of working both in the civilian side and the military side,” she said, “I decided that I was finally ready to take the next steps towards my dream of success.” Welborn chose Mitchell because of the high praise she had heard about the college from her friends and family. She also fell in love with the scenery of the historic Statesville Campus. Like her National Guard service, Welborn anticipates her educational journey will transform her in many ways. “This experience means studying, improving myself both emotionally, mentally, and physically, and excelling in both my studies and school life,” she shared. “I expect to be more mature after I graduate from Mitchell, and that this community college will have me prepared for my future academic endeavors.”
Welborn is currently pursuing an associates of science degree with the goal of becoming a radiologist. Building a report with faculty, staff and other Mitchell students has made a significant impact on Welborn. “The faculty at Mitchell have been really helpful”, Welborn said. Outside of the classroom, Veterans Services has been instrumental in helping Welborn succeed as a student. The GI Bill and the scholarship she received as a result of her good academic standing have made it financial possible for Welborn to pay for college. Like many students, Welborn juggles multiple responsibilities. She has found a way to balance, though, currently boasting a 3.8 GPA along with holding a part-time job, serving in the National Guard reserves and maintaining family commitments.
Welborn is on track to graduate from Mitchell in 2023. She then plans to transfer to North Carolina State University or University of North Carolina at Charlotte to continue her studies.
After college, Welborn wants to continue travelling. Her journeys will be temporary though, as she plans to put down roots in the Statesville area and use her radiology degree to work at a local hospital. “Traveling overseas and seeing the lives of others has made me want to reach out and do more to make a difference,” she noted. Welborn also seeks to make a difference by supporting adoption. “I would like to give a child a second chance,” she said.
Although she has big plans for the future, Welborn is taking her journey one step at a time. Her advice for future Mitchell students is the same–plan things out and do not rush into anything. “Mitchell has slowly become almost all of my focus, and in return, the professors are teaching me things that I will remember for the rest of my life,” she shared. “I have begun to believe in myself, and this has ended up being just as important as anything else in my life.”
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