Prideful and esteemed by her high school success, Brittanie learned the hard way that college was a new level of experience that required a new level of support, focus, and humility.
“I remember getting the email stating I was being suspended due to my failing academic performance. I was extremely embarrassed for the truth to be unveiled; for people to see me for the failure that I felt I was becoming."
Given another opportunity to complete her studies, Brittanie found guidance in a professional mentor and really begin to turn things around; seeking out tutoring, enrolling in more engaging courses, such as in africana studies and music.
Surviving the four-year journey at Drexel University embedded a high degree of compassion for students and issues of student wellness, leading to a career pursuit within higher education. Upon graduation in 2010, she would gain her first counselor role at a Baltimore, MD HBCU, as well as begin the journey to complete her next level of education, with dual degrees: Master of Science in Higher Education & Master of Art in Management, as well as a graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership.
In addition to her educator role, Brittanie is also a singer, writer, and composer. She released her debut album, Two Chords and Pen, independently in 2013 with the help of producer, Joshua Lay (Left Brain Productions).
Her current music series, Brains and Lyrics, brings relatable song lyrics, melodies, and overall moods to a conversational platform with all people in mind, but with an especial appeal to the millennial (Gen-Y) and post-millennial (Gen-Z) generations . The space offers Brittanie practice in conducting in-action research, a necessary component of her current doctoral program, through the integration of relatable songs, alongside insightful, teaching conversations.
Brittanie continues to work in financial aid for the graduate division within her university, assisting at-risk, first-generation, and non-traditional students with all aspects of federal, state, and campus funding. She also attends Rowan University and is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program. She is studying with the intent of growing her private firm as a creative practitioner, integrating music into standardized curriculums to enhance social connection and critical student engagement. She greatly believes such an approach will contribute to the professional development and transformation of students, organizations, and anyone who seeks to grow. "Traditional and standardized instructional methods of teaching seem to be working for some, but not all...I would actually say, not for most. Music has been noted as a universal language and point of social connection. So, why aren't we using it (or any form of creative art) more rigorously to connect and deliver information to student stakeholders?"
Most of all, Brittanie is an advocate for men and women committed to living progressive, fulfilling lives. She attributes 100% of her success and creativity to her recommitted faith in Jesus Christ, and has boldly chosen to pursue this path, with the hope of compelling others into their own, LIVED understanding of His power. Her scripture of purpose is I Corinthians 9:19-23.