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Bryant hit the ground running

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Danielle Bryant

Transferring to Portland State University last year was not a problem for Danielle Bryant. She simply jumped into the mix and got involved with student government – much like she did at PCC several years ago.

She never intended to become student body president but during interviews to serve in the Student Senate she was asked to consider the top spot. She was stunned but after thoughtful consideration and conversations with her family she accepted.

"I loved every minute of it. I loved the fact that I had the power to implement decisions," said Bryant, 21, and a communication studies major. "People put so much faith in you and they expect you to do well and they made me want to do well."

Her speaking abilities alone impressed many people.

"She is very comfortable speaking to small and large groups, professionals, administrators and students," said Camilla Bishop, Student Leadership Coordinator. "She was respected by the students she served."

One of Bryant’s finest accomplishments was organizing a Black History Month events that brought black professionals to campus where they spoke about their careers and inspired students.

At PSU she works as an assistant in the Student Activities and Leadership Programs office, gives campus tours to prospective students and recently was elected to the Student Senate. "I guess I’m a go-getter and now that I’m here I figure I better get involved."

Even though she’s moved on to PSU she won’t forget PCC.

"I always wanted to go to PCC and Sylvania has the feel of a big college," said Bryant. "Besides PCC makes good financial sense. You get quality classes at a fraction of the cost. I always felt challenged in my classes and I was motivated to work hard."

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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