Name: Brittany Figueroa
Hometown: Port Orford, OR
High School: Pacific High School
College/University: Western Oregon University
Year in school: Freshman
Major: Visual Communications Design
Activities Involved in On Campus: Rock Climbing Team and Club, Discover Leadership

What is one of the best things about college?
Getting to pick from a large range of classes and getting to make so many new connections with the people I meet.

How has GEAR UP helped you?
GEAR UP opened my mind during high school that college was a real possibility for myself, which gave me confidence to apply for different colleges and scholarships, knowing that I might not get everyone but I was confident in trying.

What are your future career plans?
To work as a graphic designer or communications specialist. To love and be excited about the work I am doing.

What advice do you have for middle and high school students about how to prepare for college?
Don't be afraid to ask for help or ask questions. It doesn't make you incapable—it makes you resourceful, so use the resources that are available to you.