Olivia Smith couldn’t wait to sign her letter of commitment to attend Stephens College.
In front of a packed gymnasium on May 10, 2017, at Muriel Battle High School in Columbia, Smith and 267other graduating seniors signed their letter of intent—whether to attend college, join the military or receive on-the-job training—as a sign of their pledge to continue growing after high school.
Classmates Nashae Prince and Elizabeth Huett-Linzie, who also signed on the dotted line during the all-school celebration, will join Smith at Stephens in the fall.
Little did the trio know that the daughter of their high school’s namesake and guest speaker at the event is a Stephens alumna. However, Muriel “Jeanne” Battle Browder wasn’t shy about pointing out the future Stephens women and asking them to stand for a round of applause.
“They are the most exceptional students here because they are going to my alma mater,” Browder said.
Once at Stephens, Smith plans to study psychology while Prince will pursue a degree in health sciences and Huett-Linzie a degree in fashion design and product development.
Smith said she picked Stephens because of its small class sizes and reputation for one-on-one attention from professors.
“I am really excited to get started,” she said.
Smith’s mom, Karen Breithaupt, couldn’t be more proud of her daughter and her choice for higher education.
“I think Stephens is going to be the perfect fit for her,” she said.
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