My name is Tara Grubbs. I’m an untraditional student at 26 years old. I graduated from Fayetteville High School in 2007. After my first year of college, I decided to travel around and live in different areas because, well, I really wasn’t ready for school. I lived in Destin, FL and Waverly Hall, Ga for a little over a year. Then I came back home to Fayetteville where after a couple years of doing basic courses at Northwest Arkansas Community College, I signed my name on a line to enlist in the army reserve. A month later I was on a plane to Ft. Jackson, SC for basic training. I’ve been a paralegal in the army reserve for over 4 years and plan to commission to be an officer. Now, I’m home finishing my degree in advertising and public relations, thanks to the military.
When I do have free time between work, school and the army, I enjoy reading and putting together jigsaw puzzles. Did I just make myself sound old? Anyways, along with that, I have picked up target shooting bows, which I found I’m much better a shooting than an M16. I try to run often and stay fit and when I’m able I love to kayak. The control of a small kayak in a rapid river gives me a sense of stability and strength when life feels like it gets too crazy. I guess that may also be the reason for target shooting a bow. And of course I spend as much time with my friends and family as I can. They keep my foundation strong and my heart happy.
I’m excited to Intern with United Way, a company whose passions match up to my own. My goal, after graduating, is to work for Teach for America, to teach underprivileged kids, which are the same kids who are living in poverty. I’ve always been very passionate about education for kids and if I can change a life of one child I feel I will have fulfilled my place on earth. Though, of course, I hope to help to help improve the lives of many kids, even if it’s in a small way. I feel like working with United Way I will be doing this. During my time at United Way I hope to get a lot of experience about how they do their social media, how to start up and run a campaign or event and how each part of United Way works together to run as a whole. I’m excited to start my time here and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the summer.