Building Relationships – Tiffany Millner

“I chose psychology as my major because I have a passion for helping women who, like me, need to learn to love themselves and heal. I want to empower women to take control of their lives and mental health. My top Clifton Strength is Relator. This means being passionate about creating deep relationships with other people, working toward goals, and always offering guidance to those who seek it. I’m also a Developer which means I really love helping people realize their potential and push them to be the best version of themselves. 

I am a full-time staff member at Meredith, but I am also on the WINGS executive board. Being involved with WINGS, the adult education program, has helped strengthen my love of Meredith College. We have a strong community within the organization and it has made me feel more like a part of the school community.

The relationships I have built with the faculty here at Meredith have made me feel truly supported and seen as a non-traditional student. Being a non-traditional student in a classroom full of traditional students took some time to get used to, but I feel like it’s been a positive learning experience for myself and my classmates. The friendships I have created with other non-traditional students have been the most rewarding thing. We have a strong understanding of the struggles we have as adult students balancing a life outside of school. That understanding and empathy have helped us create a strong support system. I will remember these women for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.

I have been solo parenting my three young children without any familial support while seeking my degree. Being a parent and going to school is hard enough. Being a solo parent of three active boys, working full time, and working toward my degree has been so much to balance … and a lot of sleepless nights. I’m here though. I’m graduating and continuing forward. Despite all the obstacles, I did it! 

I have learned that I am more resilient than I could have possibly imagined. I am stronger than I give myself credit for. And I am worth every ounce of work I have put into getting where I am. 

I was accepted into the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at Charleston Southern University. I will remain in Raleigh and attend CSU online starting in the fall. Once I graduate with my Master’s degree, I will become a licensed professional counselor.”