Since age six, Brianna Rocquemore has been interested in helping animals. Considering she grew up in an area where there were a lot of stray animals, Rocquemore felt compelled to help them. Now, she wants to explore that concept further by becoming a veterinarian.
Although becoming a veterinarian is her first choice, Rocquemore is also open to becoming a physician assistant. This fall she will pursue a major in kinesiology so she can get a great start on whichever path she decides.
“I feel that majoring in kinesiology will prepare me to get to know the body better,” said Rocquemore. “I know that to become a veterinarian you have to learn about both the human body and animal body.”
For this kinesiology major, coming to Georgia College from Oceanside, California, was the right choice. Rocquemore was impressed by the individual attention students receive through small classes as she didn’t want to be overwhelmed with the transition of high school to college. Plus, the university is located just an hour and 30 minutes away from her mother.
“I hope she comes out of college successful in a career that she loves,” said her grandmother, Mary Smith.
Rocquemore also aspires to get involved in Georgia College’s theatre program and to join a sorority.
She finds inspiration in a quote from African-American musician, historian and teacher Bernice Johnson Reagon, who said, “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
“There have been a lot of challenges in my life starting in high school,” said Rocquemore, who moved from Dacula, Georgia to California, prior to starting her freshman year in high school. “I just learned that I have to get through them and be strong and remember that each challenge is just another step in helping me become the best that I can be.”