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Darien Smith

Meet Global Campus Legend Darien Smith

Our “Global Campus Legends” series celebrates the 30th anniversary of WSU Global Campus by putting a spotlight on the unique experiences and journeys of Global Campus students throughout the years. Global Campus Legends features students who graduated from Global Campus since it was founded as WSU Extended Degree Programs in 1992.   

“I was a first-generation college student. I paid my way through community college while working full-time. While I planned on transferring to the WSU Vancouver campus, my heart had other plans. I moved to North Carolina to marry my boyfriend in the military at Camp Lejeune. A small courthouse ceremony later, I was officially a military spouse. My husband deployed to Afghanistan shortly thereafter.

After deployment we decided to start a family, and our beautiful daughter Audrey was born. Becoming a mom was amazing but also terrifying. I realized that if anything happened to my husband, I had no way to financially support my daughter. I looked into WSU Global Campus and started my bachelor’s degree in Human Development. I remember breastfeeding Audrey while typing papers and writing discussion posts. It was not easy, but I did it.

Looking back, it all worked out exactly how it was supposed to. My husband and I faced many challenges, and those challenges brought me to social work. I am passionate about working with veterans and am working towards a career in clinical social work to help veterans and their families. I am so thankful for the Global Campus, and the amazing professors and advisors along the way who supported me in my journey.”

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