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Where Are They Now: CHS graduate Tierra Thompson sets her sights on law school

Every year, thousands of high school graduates leave UCPS ready to embark on the next stage in their lives.

These graduates build on the education acquired during their time in UCPS and become doctors, lawyers, electricians, mechanics, entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, engineers and more.

Throughout the month of July, we’re celebrating our outstanding alumni by shining a light on their accomplishments in college, in their careers and in their communities.

Tierra Thompson Cuthbertson High alumna Tierra Thompson -- who majored in Political Science and Sociology with concentrations in Criminology and Pre-Law at UNC Greensboro -- was selected out of more than 2,000 graduates to deliver the student speech at the university’s May 2019 commencement ceremony. 

It was the perfect ending to what she describes as an amazing college experience -- a time that included serving as a Chancellor's Ambassador, president and fundraising and outreach chair for her university's Habitat for Humanity, and member of the UNCG Food Recovery program.

Now, Tierra is a rising first year law student at North Carolina Central University School of Law and has plans to practice corporate or business law after graduating.

This is what Tierra had to say about her accomplishments in college and how her time in UCPS prepared her for the future:

On her most memorable experiences at UNC Greensboro: Being selected as a commencement speaker was an honor and the icing on the cake for my collegiate years. However, another memorable experience was being chosen as a Chancellor’s Ambassador. This was the first year the program was initiated and each ambassador was handpicked by a panel, the Chancellor and his wife. We had the opportunity to represent the school, meet with donors and meet with the Board of Governors. It was a great honor and an experience I’ll never forget.

On how UCPS and Cuthbertson High prepared her for college: I had very passionate teachers who encouraged me to take more challenging classes, which helped prepare me for college and where I am today. When I got to college, I felt as if I had the upper hand because I understood the material and knew the ins and outs of how to be successful in my classes. The sense of community, culture and passionate teachers have always made UCPS feel like a second family to me, and that has a played a big part in who I am today.

On why she plans to pursue a career in law: My father is a retired sheriff, so I grew up going to courthouses and being around judges and attorneys. It was fascinating, and I loved seeing how court operated. As time passed, I became more and more interested in the justice system. I know this is what I was meant to do.

On advice she has for current UCPS students: Don’t let whatever circumstances you’re facing hinder you from being the best person you can be, whether that’s applying to certain colleges or going after an internship you may be interested in. Always try to reach your goals, in spite of whatever odds you may think are stacked against you. You never know what may happen in the end.

On where she sees herself in the future: Four years ago, I hoped and prayed I would be where I am today because law school has always been my goal. I’m so grateful that all of my classes in high school and college have prepared me for this point in my life and I’m excited for what’s to come. In another four years, I hope to graduate with honors, continue to do more outreach in my community, and start my own practice.

Posted: July 3, 2019