WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Armentta Brown, a graduating senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has been accepted to the College of William and Mary to pursue a graduate degree in Accounting. During her senior year in high school, she saw UAPB’s cheerleaders on Paula Abdul’s RAH competition and became interested in the institution. She had a chance to meet recruiters during a Black College Expo in her state and the rest is history.
The Lancaster, California native began her love for accounting as a child when her father let her count spare change and cash he was preparing for deposit. Her passion for math grew from there and motivated her to major in accounting once she began matriculating at UAPB. She will be the first in her family to graduate from college.
Although most of her high school classmates went to larger institutions like USC and UCLA, she says it was the statements of disbelief from them that motivated her to excel at UAPB.
“Most of [my classmates] said I wouldn’t make it in Arkansas,” said Armentta. “I’ve actually had more opportunities as a student at UAPB than they’ve had at their schools.”
Armentta is an advocate of taking advantage of everything college life has to offer having done internships through the Office of Career Services, worked as a student liaison for the Youth Motivational Task Force Program, being involved in the Student Government Association as Miss Sophomore and active in a number of other organizations.
The College of William and Mary is the second oldest college in the nation, but also a cutting-edge research university. One of only eight Public Ivy League Schools in the nation, the institution is highly selective and offers a world-class education. Their students are not only some of the smartest in the world, but passionate about serving others and serious about enjoying life.
Upon completion of the program at the College of William and Mary, Armentta plans to obtain CPA certification, become an auditor and eventually start her own consultant firm.