Amber Gilliland, Senior Reporter
Student Tina Goelz, 29, balanced a lot of things during her time at Pierce.
In addition to attending college, Goelz is a wife, watches her friend’s children and raises a 10-year-old daughter of her own. In her spare time she loves to be outdoors, play with her pitbull and spend time with her family.
“When you’re a full-time student, work and have a family, you have to try and remain motivated at all times,” Goelz said.
Goelz was born and raised in Germany and moved to Washington five and a half years ago.
“My dad is American and when I found out about him in 2010, I decided to move to the states,” Goelz said.
Helping others has always been a passion of Goelz’s. Before moving to America, she attended college in Germany to become a social worker. She decided to continue pursuing her degree in America and chose to earn her associate degree in social science from Pierce College.
“I’ve always wanted to become a social worker,” Goelz said. “I’ve experienced some rough times and now want to help others.”
Goelz has been accepted to the University of Washington Tacoma and will transfer to earn her bachelor’s in social work. She plans on working for a rehabilitation facility once she’s finished with her education.
“I really enjoyed going to Pierce College,” Goelz said. “Even though I’m excited to attend the University of Washington, it’s going to be bittersweet to leave Pierce.”
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