Class of 2016
Hometown: Anniston, AL
What’s it gonna be? Purple Victory
The day Mynjuan Smith visited UM she knew this was where the next chapter of her educational journey and personal story would take place.
Mynjuan is studying Psychology with plans to become a board certified behavioral analyst. Since enrolling, she has served in the SGA Senate, ASPIRE Advisory Board and was accepted into the McNair Scholars Program.
“My goals at Montevallo are not just to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, but find a way to be able to provide the best for my children for the future,” the single mother of twins said.
Smith’s experiences inspired her McNair Scholars’ research entitled “The Complexity of Single Motherhood Balancing a High-Demand Career.”
“Mynjuan’s joyous nature makes her a delight to work with, but it is her tenacity and determination that are truly impressive,” said Dr. Meredith Tetloff, Smith’s McNair advisor. “Through her research she gained insight that she will undoubtedly use in her own life as well as share with other single mothers.”
Smith’s project focused on the struggles, motivations and support systems that helped single mothers with post-graduate degrees achieve their goals.
Mynjuan knows a thing or two about support systems. While at UM, her family helps keep her children whose schedules consist of occasional trips to visit Mynjuan on campus and nightly calls to make sure their mother is doing her homework and making good grades.
Already developing a passion for education at the age of six, her children will relocate with her when she moves for graduate school next year. However, Mynjuan will always call Montevallo home.
“The University of Montevallo is a place where you can redefine who you are, on your way to where you are going. It’s never too late to change your story, and Montevallo has helped me write mine.”