Middle Georgia State MVP: Briana O'Neal

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014 1:06 PM
Categories: Finding Greatness | School of Education and Behavioral Sciences | School of Education

Macon, GA

Full Name: Briana Charmisse O’Neal.

Age: 21.

Hometown and Residence: Dublin.

High School: “I graduated from West Laurens High School in 2011. I played on the Lady Raiders Basketball team for four years and ran Cross Country for two years. I participated in the multicultural club at West Laurens and FCA.”

Family: “I have marvelous parents who have been married for 26 years and one brother, Johnny O’Neal, who attends the University of Georgia and plays for the Georgia Bulldogs football team. I also have a beautiful baby girl named Briley who is the highlight of my world.”

Current Employment: “I am a work study student at Middle Georgia State in the library on the Dublin campus. I also work part-time at Chick-fil-A Dublin. I really am blessed with two great jobs.”

Degree Objective: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

Class Rank: Sophomore.

Primary Campus: Dublin.

Activities: Multicultural Club.

Career Goals: “Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a teacher. Hopefully after I graduate from Middle Georgia State I will get a job at one of the local schools in Dublin, or I would love to open up my very own daycare. As long as I can make a positive difference in some child’s life I will be happy.”

She chose Middle Georgia State College because … “It was close to home. (I get homesick.) Middle Georgia State also had the degree program I was interested in.”

The one thing that surprised her about Middle Georgia State was … “How friendly everybody was and how many students attend the college.”

Her favorite professor is … “Dr. Laurie Walters. She taught me Psychology my freshman year and Human Growth and Development my sophomore year. She is not only fantastic at her job but is very caring about each individual student.”

Her favorite place to study is … “My home has a little office. It is very cozy and comfortable. I go there all the time to work on assignments and study.”

One thing people don’t know about her is … “I love watching WWE WRESTLING!!”

Her friends make fun of her because … “Many of my friends and people in general tell me I have a very Southern accent.”

The one person she’d most like to meet is … “Kirk Franklin. He is a famous gospel artist and writer. He seems like a very down-to-earth person.”

Five years from now she sees herself … “Being a great teacher and touching each child’s life in a positive way!”