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Changing Lives

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Q: Describe yourself in three words.
I consider myself determined, loving and caring. 

Q: What’s your dream career?
My dream career is to work as an FBI field agent. Right now I work at PNC in their internship program. So if I’m not in the FBI, hopefully I’ll land a job at PNC because I really enjoy it there. 

Q: What service work are you involved with?
I’ve done a lot of service work. I’m the president and secretary of my sorority, the activities chair for Black Student Union, vice president of events and programming for the Pittsburgh Promise Cohort, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a volunteer for Girls Hope, a volunteer for various organizations through my current internship at PNC, as well as many other things. 

Q: Tell us about the most important time someone /impacted or changed your life.
The person that has /impacted my life the most is my mother. She’s my inspiration. 

My mother and father both taught us that education is important and we can be whatever we want to be. They always pushed us to be our best. My parents didn’t grow up in the best households but they made a great life for us kids through determination and hard work. My siblings are all successful. It’s easy to see we all have followed in the footsteps of our parents. 

My father also went to school at Robert Morris. It makes him proud that I am successful here because it’s also his alma mater. He’s proud to see that I’ve become part of the change here. 

Q: Tell us about your role in Girls Hope.
Girls Hope is a group that educates and houses disadvantaged girls, ages 14 through 18 years old. We develop relationships and serve as mentors to them. They see us college students as role models. I can only hope we make a great /impact in their lives. 

Q: How did changing someone else’s life, in turn change your life?
By /impacting the lives of these girls I realized that I wanted to strive to be an even better person. Changing lives motivates me to do better. 

Q: Have you changed at all since Robert Morris?
Absolutely. Before Robert Morris, surprisingly, I wasn’t outgoing. I’d just linger in the background and didn’t want the spotlight on me. Here, I realized all that I could do. The opportunities are endless. Being in leadership roles forces me to be in the spotlight. And I really enjoy it now.


Thanks to the internship she had at RMU, Briana now works for PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh.