Student Success Corner: Counselors Help Student Through Tough Times

by Hannah Culliton


Brittany Hull (Photo: Hannah Culliton)

Brittany Hull (Photo: Hannah Culliton)

We’ve all gone through tough times, it’s the people who pull us through the tough times that make the difference.

Brittany Hull, a twenty-four-year-old Business Administration major said she was struggling physically and financially when she began to take classes at WCC, but with the help of Debra Santora, and other WCC counselors, Hull says she overcame those hardships and now wants to help others in the same situation as her.

“[Santora and her crew] put me in a place where I can find my own direction. I feel like I have another family, another mother… I was all over the place paying bills and looking for an apartment,” said Hull.

Hull said she began her education journey as a Performing Arts major in 2012, but eventually switched over to Business Administration.

She lived with her mom at the time but her mom wound up moving to Florida to take care of her ill grandmother. Hull said she was now homeless and her and her brother had 30 days to find a new apartment.

“My mom just left and financially, everything started falling on me. I was [now] the head honcho of the household with my brother MJ,” said Hull.

Hull said this catastrophe happened all while taking four classes and working a full time job averaging 37 hours a week.

“I don’t reach out for help, I’ll struggle,” said Hull.

She said she went to Santora telling her that she needed to move immediately because her and her brother had 30 days to get out.

“When I came to Debbie it was in a stressful time,” said Hull, “she had so many sources for apartments in different areas. Debra and her staff helped me find an apartment. It was great.”

Hull says that not only did Santora help with the apartment, her and her staff did Hull’s taxes for free and helped with other personal relationship issues. Hull says Santora also told her all about food stamps and is now saving over $100 a week on food.

“After my mom moved to Florida, I came back to school and next thing you know I suddenly I needed emergency gallbladder surgery,” said Hull.

She says she was out of school for three weeks. Santora e-mailed all of Hull’s professors explaining why she would be out of class for a while.

After going through the surgery Hull found out that her father had lung cancer and passed away one month later.

She explained the situation to Santora.

“They [the counselors] were so ready to help me,” said Hull.

Santora found a grieving center and a therapist for Hull.

“Not even my mom helped me with that, [my mom] was there for me but her dad hasn’t passed yet so she didn’t know how to comfort me,” said Hull.

“[Santora and her crew] put me in a place where I can find my own direction. I feel like I have another family, another mother… I was all over the place paying bills and looking for an apartment,” said Hull.

Hull says she has a dream to one day have her own company. She will be transferring to either Berkeley College or Monroe College for a degree in either marketing or management.
I feel so thankful… they are a life changer,” said Hull.

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