"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams
From One Broke Student to Another
"There was something magic and life-changing about the first time I saw my words set in type," says Confidence Stimpson '62.
Confidence is referring to her stint as writer for the College Eye newspaper at State College of Iowa (now University of Northern Iowa). She advanced to managing editor, then executive editor in her senior year. That led to a long career as an advertising copywriter in Los Angeles and New York. Today, Confidence is a real estate broker in New York and writes a blog.
"I strongly believe that no matter what career or profession you pursue—whether it's teaching wood shop, curing cancer or arguing before the Supreme Court—a solid liberal arts education is the best preparation you can have, and that's what I got at SCI," Confidence says.
Early during her college days, Confidence realized that most students were as broke as she was—and she believes that is still the case today. She worked several jobs, took out loans and received help from a great-grandmother she had never met.
"An important source of money was a small trust fund willed to my mother by my great-grandmother Pauline Mann Mitchell," Confidence says. "Mrs. Mitchell was long dead by the time I was born, but the $300 per year from that trust fund was a great help."
Through a gift in her will to UNI to help future students, Confidence will continue her grandmother's legacy.
"Somewhere I hope my great-grandmother Pauline Mann Mitchell is smiling. I know I will be."
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