Discover CYAF: interview with undergrad Tierra Williams

Tierra Williams

Discover CYAF: interview with undergrad Tierra Williams

02 Jan 2018    By Katie Ballue

Welcome to Discover CYAF, a series that spotlights some of the talented and passionate people who come through the Child, Youth, and Family Studies department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Let's get to know Tierra Williams, who came to Auburn, Nebraska at age 11 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed everything her family owned, and eventually made her way to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Child, Youth, and Family Studies department.

Williams graduated in December 2017 with a Child, Youth, and Family Studies degree. She's a two time All-American in Track and Field and a Nebraska Student-Athlete of the Year (which encompasses all-sports). She also participated in Dr. Rochelle Dalla's on-going research into sex trafficking in both Nebraska and internationally. I caught up with Williams before she graduated to garner some valuable wisdom on the CYAF undergraduate experience.

What is your name and major?

Tierra Williams, Child Youth and Family Studies.

When did you choose your major?

When I was a sophomore in college.

What was the process of landing on your major like for you?

My freshman year I was not 100% sure what I wanted to do, but I do know I loved working and helping people. I actually talked with my advisor and I told him the things I was interested in. He told me to check out the Child, Youth, and Family Studies major and since then I haven't look back!

What has your experience in CYAF been like?

It's been a joy! Throughout my four years, I have constantly learned new things and have been challenged to be a better person. CYAF has shaped me into the person I am today and has continual helped me grow in my own personal relationships. I have also made lifelong friends and built relationships with amazing professors!

How did you get involved in research as an undergrad?

I took a class with Dr. Dalla and her research over sex trafficking was intriguing and I wanted to be a part of something like that. Being a part of it benefits me by helping me become a more well-rounded individual.

What is something that you love about UNL?

The people! I have met so many amazing individuals that are so kind and generous. There is truly no place like it.

Why do you think CYAF is a great department?

They are invested in their students and their success!

What are your plans after graduation?

Take a year off, gain work experience and then go to grad school!

To read more about Tierra Williams and her experiences with Husker Track and Field, losing everything in Hurricane Katrina, and the good life that Auburn, Nebraska offered her family, visit:

Child, Youth and Family Studies