2016 Grad: Mikaela Payne

Hannah Pederson, Reporter

Pierce College has been home to thousands of students in its almost 50 years as an institution. It’s impacted every student in different ways, and for Mikaela Payne it was subtle.

“I’m a lot less nervous, and I have a lot less money in my pocket,” Payne said, “so I’d say I’ve changed. It’s had its ups and downs, just like life.”

Payne graduates June 17 after spending two years of her life at Pierce as a Running Start student working toward her associate degree in social studies.

At 18-years-old, Payne balances classes at Pierce and working at Home Depot, helping the elderly figure out self-checkout stations.

Most of Payne’s friends are at Pierce, and she spends her time between classes talking with them in the College Center Connection Café.  

Student Tony Lane has only known Payne since winter quarter, but that’s no indication as to how much they respect her.

“She’s a really good person,” Lane said. “She cares for a lot of people. She genuinely cares for me even though we haven’t known each other for that long.”

Reflecting on her time at Pierce, Payne said there wasn’t much of an impact.

“Not a lot of things can change your life in two years, especially at my age,” Payne said. “My human sexuality class had an effect on me, but it didn’t give me an epiphany about how I view the world or anything.”

After graduation, Payne plans on taking a gap year, and might move to Arizona to be with her mom.

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The Post has been a big part of my life for over a year now, taking up weekends, stressing me out beyond my wildest dreams and making me grow in every imaginable way. In June I’ll graduate with my AA and move on to a four year university to study communications and political science. Political science was my gateway drug to journalism. I realized not so long ago that the only way democracy can work is if the public is well informed and someone is out there holding public officials accountable. As a reporter, I’m in the perfect position to do this. I’m here to be your advocate, to make sure that your rights are protected. I want to spend my last year here providing you with fair and unbiased coverage of Pierce College Puyallup, whatever that may mean to you.
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The Post has been a big part of my life for over a year now, taking up weekends, stressing me out beyond my wildest dreams and making me grow in every imaginable way. In June I’ll graduate with my AA and move on to a four year university to study communications and political science. Political science was my gateway drug to journalism. I realized not so long ago that the only way democracy can work is if the public is well informed and someone is out there holding public officials accountable. As a reporter, I’m in the perfect position to do this. I’m here to be your advocate, to make sure that your rights are protected. I want to spend my last year here providing you with fair and unbiased coverage of Pierce College Puyallup, whatever that may mean to you.

2016 Grad: Mikaela Payne

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