FOSSI: Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am Tiarra Smith and I am the fifth daughter of six. I enjoy volunteering in my community. I actually was the president of a volunteer club in my school called the Interact Club. During my years at BTW Magnet, I participated in the theatre department. I find joy performing in front of people because the energy on the stage is ELECTRIC. My favorite subject in school was math.
FOSSI: Why are you passionate about pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field?
I grew up in a pretty small city. Whenever I visited big cities with large bridges and bigger roads, that sparked an interest in me. I remember learning in math class that roads and even roller coasters have math equations behind them. At that moment, I knew I was interested in engineering.
FOSSI: Why is receiving the FOSSI scholarship important for you?
As the fifth daughter to go to college in my family, my mom actually could not afford to send me to college. When I received the call that I received the scholarship, it opened the door for me to actually attend college this year.
FOSSI: Fast forward – where do you see yourself in ten years?
I want to be a Civil Engineer Manager, possibly working for the government. I would also like to open a business and community center to help the less fortunate.
FOSSI: Share a few fun facts about yourself.
Some fun facts include the following: I am obsessed with the MCU, volunteer work is a huge part of my life, and gymnastics is my favorite sport.