Donna S. Dixon

In 2003, I was a traditional student at a four-year university; however, I did not have a very well thought out plan concerning where I was headed in life. I could not afford $16,000 per year tuition as an out-of-state student, so I decided to join the United States Army. After completing specific trainings required in the military, I realized that it was not what I was seeking. I also began spending time with someone who was a negative influence and did not have my best interest in mind. This led me to a place I never imagined I would end up -- imprisoned.

After my release and much self-reflection, I learned who I truly am and who I truly want to become. I always had a passion to obtain a degree and help others who have walked in my shoes. I found that Wake Technical Community College offers the Human Services Technology program.

Making the decision to become a Wake Tech student has been life-changing. For three consecutive semesters, I have maintained a 3.9 G.P.A. I have joined the National Society of Leadership and Success, become a member of Phi Theta Kappa and am volunteering with the new Human Services Peer Program, all while being a full-time student and employee. Wake Tech has helped me build my self-esteem, gain skills and knowledge about leadership, professionalism, and integrity.

Enrolling in the Human Services program has truly ignited my passion to serve others with unique backgrounds. Volunteering at places like StepUp Ministry and Meals on Wheels brings me complete joy. After graduation, I plan to transfer to a four-year university to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Currently, I am starting a non-profit organization geared toward helping young adult women who are disempowered, single moms, and former offenders.