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Brandon Mitchell finds his future at Southwest 

By Julie Lester 

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Brandon Mitchell

Brandon Mitchell came to Southwest after a five-year hitch in the military to pursue an associate degree in biology emphasis. At first, he struggled to adapt to the demands of college classes, but soon found his niche. He began to raise his GPA, and by spring of 2020, he earned placement on the Dean’s list. The following semester, he became a Southwest Honors Student. 

For Brandon, Southwest and the Honors Academy have served as a place to discover and grow his talents. He has often attributed his burgeoning confidence to the faculty at Southwest, who saw in him a unique spark of keen intelligence and creativity. Brandon also was the first Honors student to complete an Honors Contract in History during the COVID-19 pandemic, which reflected his tenacity and support for the Honors Academy. 

Coupled with his dynamic personality and clear potential, Brandon has since leveraged his student experience at Southwest to transfer to the University of Nebraska, where he will prepare for a future in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management. 

We wish Brandon much success on his new academic journey! 

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