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Brittany Williams

Hometown: Tiverton

Major: Political Science

After dropping out of high school and not attending school full-time for almost 10 years, Brittany Williams came to RIC.

She worked in banking for years to save money for college, then started at CCRI before transferring to RIC through the Joint Admissions Program.

As a child, Williams was exposed to contaminants that led to lingering health issues. Her high school was not equipped to deal with those issues, leading her to drop out. Nevertheless, she remained committed to completing her education.

Williams earned straight As during her first semester at RIC. However, during her second semester she was rear-ended by a drunk driver and two months later had to undergo surgery. She managed to finish the school year with support from her professors. “Despite these challenges, I have made it through and I am thankful to the professors and fellow students that helped me get to where I am,” she said.

Her early struggles inspired her to major in political science so that she can make a difference through influencing government policy. “I had a very difficult time in high school due to issues that could have been avoided had I been given access to a proper education. I wanted to make sure that no one else would have to face the obstacles I faced,” she said.

Williams cites access to internships as one of the most valuable resources in her education at RIC. She did a weeklong internship with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in Washington, D.C., and another at a municipal planning department.

At the urging of her faculty, Williams chose to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree. “I honestly thought they were insane,” she admitted. “I did not think in a million years that I would get into the programs the professors were telling me to apply to.” She applied to six programs and was accepted into all of them.

In the fall, Williams will begin Master of Public Affairs Program at Brown University. “I hope to work for a state agency in order to better our primary and secondary education systems in Rhode Island,” she said.​

Page last updated: May 12, 2017