My name is Brandt Wild. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. A fun fact about me is that I have lived in the same house my whole life. Currently, I am 24 years old, but still living at home to save money for my education and eventually law school. My higher-education journey began at Lone Star College-CyFair. It was during my time in their Honors College that I found my passion for education and knew that it was something I wanted to pursue further. This realization resulted from the opportunity to perform research with a professor that I still look up to and communicate with to this day — Dr. Heidi Jo Green. The next step in my educational journey is to attend the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) to pursue a bachelor’s degree by majoring in philosophy and minoring in criminal justice. At UHD, I have been able to continue the LGBT+ research by being a part of the University Honors Program. After graduation, I plan to attend law school in Texas (law is the reason I chose philosophy as my major). The type of law I want to practice is civil rights, but I am also open to public interest law as well as social justice. Regardless of where I end up, I just want to help people in one way or another.
At Momentum Education, I am the Young Professional Intern who supports and connects post-secondary students to young professionals (individuals who have completed their post-secondary education and are now a part of our workforce) and other career opportunities. I began by creating documents for our mentorship program in conjunction with some other side projects. When I began making these documents, I had no idea that I would be the one putting them to use later on down the road. Now, I am responsible for the mentorship pairings, which involves scheduling an interview with each mentor/mentee, interviewing them, sending onboarding documents, and lastly pairing. The pairings are my favorite part, especially when they are a perfect match based on career interests. In addition to our mentorship program, I am also responsible for managing our Career Conversation Events. These events are held (virtually) so that students can be educated on what certain careers will entail and it provides a space for students to ask any questions. So far we’ve had conversations led by Bain & Company consultants, an immigration lawyer from BakerRipley Community Developers, a pediatric epidemiologist from Texas Children’s Hospital, among many others.
Any advice to students who are starting college remotely?
My advice for both college freshmen and continuing students would be to get organized, have a place to do your work, and stay connected.
First, being organized is very important. It is also essential to find what works for you. I tried a traditional organizer but have found that Google Calendar works better for me.
Next, have a place where you can go to do your work where you will not be disturbed. This summer I had to put a desk in my room so that I would be able to shut the door and focus. Should you share a room with siblings or not have much space where you reside, you can consider going to the library or a coffee shop to get your work done without being interrupted too much.
Finally, do not forget to connect with your teachers and get involved in organizations, such as your college’s Honors Program/College, or groups that will open opportunities for your future career desires, such as pre-law/pre-med associations. This is a great way to continuously be connected to people and resources.
Each of these tips will help you get closer to your goals.
Any words of wisdom to students now that you are an upperclassmen in college?
My advice to underclassmen is to start planning as early as possible. I recognize that not all students start out knowing what they want to do, and many may change majors; however, if you find something that appeals to your interests, then I would recommend going for it. Start by making a plan of what you need to do to achieve your goals. If you do not know where to start, reach out to an advisor or a professor. Your initial plan can contain short and long-term goals and can be modified as you go. I say all of this as a student who did not have their mind made up when I began attending Lone Star College-CyFair. Now that I am practicing for the LSAT, I wish I would have started earlier. Therefore, I would strongly recommend getting involved in something that you like or that interests you right away. After that, make a plan and follow through with it. I like to look at it this way — do something today that you will later thank yourself for.
— Brandt Wild, Class of 2021