Growing up, Shaniqua Singleton saw her mother striving to balance the necessities for their family, and she knew there had to be more to life than what she could see. Singleton got pregnant at 16 and dropped out of school in her 12th grade year determined to work and provide for her daughter. Singleton was still determined to break that generational cycle for herself and her future children.
CCBC 2022 graduate
Human Services Counseling
Years after she should have graduated from high school, Shaniqua enrolled in GED preparation classes at CCBC and earned her GED in 2018. She went on to get her associate degree in Human Services Counseling and certification in Advance Behavioral Health from CCBC in 2021. She is the first person in her family to not only graduate but attend college.
“When I think of perseverance, I think of all the many things I have overcome throughout my 39 years of life,” said Shaniqua. “Being a woman who has overcome various traumatic events in life, I knew the odds were surely stacked against me.”
Shaniqua didn’t stop at CCBC. After graduating with her associate degree, she transferred to University of Baltimore, where she is majoring in Human Services Administration with a double minor in Psychology and Victimization. She currently has a 3.95 GPA.
Shaniqua is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Honor Society, Helen P. Denit Honors Program, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society (ODK), the National Society of Leadership & Success (NSLS) and is the president of Women of Color Student Association (WoCSA).
“It is a core belief for me to always be of service to others, so I posture myself daily to support others,” said Shaniqua. “One of the proudest moments of service was helping a student from another college set up and host a peer recovery group on her campus.”
After earning her bachelor’s degree, Shaniqua plans to apply to graduate school to major in Clinical Psychology, focusing on substance use disorder, mental health and trauma. She would like to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and open up a private practice.
Shaniqua created the pledge called CHARM, Changing Hearts About Recovery and Mental Health to raise awareness about collegiate recovery and mental health. Her goal is to expand the CHARM pledge and create a scholarship fund for students facing hardships related to recovery. Singleton is also leading peer support groups for adult women survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
“I remind myself daily that I deserve a beautiful life and work hard to accomplish it. I want to pave the way for generations to come” said Shaniqua.