• Rebecca Wiggins

ENT 610 Peer Interviews

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Interviewer: Rebecca Wiggins

Interviewee: Shayna Scott

Questions

1. What is something you thought you could never overcome, but have?

My (mother’s) home caught on fire a little over a year ago. This was my place of residence and a place I called home for over 15 years. I was also in the home when the fire started. This was a difficult time for my family and I. It definitely took a toll on my energy and focus.

2. What did you do to overcome this obstacle?

Like many other situations, I have learned to compartmentalize and always remember that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger!

3. What positive things has this experience taught you?

This experience has taught me the value of life. It has taught me not to take life or anything else for granted. It has also taught me the importance of making the most of time and aspirations.

4. Does the positive outweigh the negative things after overcoming this obstacle? Explain.

Absolutely! Although it has been a hassle to get back in the home (we are still not back in) we have learned many painful but valuable lessons. My family was not harmed and that in itself outweighs any of the negatives.

5. How did this obstacle make you stronger and wiser?

I learned proper protocol, and nonprofits as well as resources that are available for these situations. I learned how large my support system and personal network was. I learned how strong I am individually, as well as how strong my family is.

6. Will you help others who may go through the same thing as you have?

Yes, in any way I possibly can.

7. If you could go back in time, would you choose to NOT go through this obstacle?

No.

8. Why or why not?

I believe that although things can be avoided or changed, they happen for a reason.


Interviewer: Shayna Scott

Interviewee: REBECCA WIGGINS

  1. What inspires you to work towards success?

Money. Competition.  Deadlines.  Rewards. 

  1. Have you ever been outside of the U.S.? If so, where have you visited?

Yes.  Germany, Austria, Czech Republic. (Puerto Rico). 

  1. Name one thing you are passionate about.

I love to sing, and I sing the concert choir at WCU. 

  1. What is one lesson you had to learn the hard way?

Overcoming addiction.

  1. Name one obstacle you have had to overcome.

Recovery from my car accident.  Learning to walk again.  Losing weight.  Quitting smoking and doing drugs.

  1. Ideally, where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Married.  Owning my 2nd home.  Maybe a new baby.  All of my debts are paid off.  I own several businesses.  I’ll have graduated with a master’s degree, and a certificate in audio engineering. 

  1. Who in your life inspires you?

My boyfriend Adam Cutler.  He wants to get married.  He loves me unconditionally, and is patient with my weaknesses, but also realizes my worth. 

  1. What has been your greatest lesson learned from failure?

Humility.

  1. What is something you are passionate about and are you incorporating it into your venture? 

I am passionate about exercise and health, and am trying to go to group classes more often.  I miss going to aerial fitness and pole fitness. I’ve started going back. 

  1. What appeals to you the most about becoming an entrepreneur?

To have control and be the boss.  To learn all about all of the aspects of business. 



Interviewee Harmony Chavis

  1. What is something you thought you could never overcome, but have?

Losing my dad was the hardest thing I have ever experienced. I didn't think I could exist without him, at least not in a meaningful way. I remember being younger and thinking about when he would die...he's always been older than my friend’s dads...so I knew I wouldn't have him for as long as my friends did. I truly never in a million years thought I’d be able to function without him. I know he is so proud of all I have accomplished since his passing. 

  1. What did you do to overcome this obstacle? 

This is such a difficult question to answer. I’m not sure if I did anything in particular. I think it was more of the love and support from others that carried me through on my darkest days...and my desire to live my life on purpose. 

  1. What positive things has this experience taught you?

This experience has taught me that love is waiting for you in every portion of the universe. After my dad passed away, I moved abroad to China to teach where I met my very best friend. After that, my travels continued...and I found love waiting for me in every country...radical love at that, at every single turn. I am grateful for this lesson. I've not always been the most optimistic person, but this changed my outlook for sure.

  1. Does the positive outweigh the negative things after overcoming this obstacle? Explain. 

Absolutely, there is nothing that can ever take away the longing I feel for my dad...but even in the pain, I am reminded of how revolutionary our love was for one another...and how much it has not just impacted me but the people I love. Even though the negative still outweigh the positive, the positive is still breathtakingly beautiful.

  1. How did this obstacle make you stronger and wiser? 

It taught me that I can truly go through anything and come out on the other side. It also taught me that life is worth taking risks for. If you aren't risking it all for love, success, and the life that you want, then what are you doing?

  1. Will you help others who may have gone through the same thing as you have?

Throughout my journey with grief, death, and dying I’d always been brutally honest on my social media platforms about what I was experiencing. I even had a piece published in the local newspaper about grief! My dad was sick for a very long time so I tried as much as I could to share my experiences openly and honestly. My hope is that I can give hope to other people who find themselves caught in the middle of a grief storm, and know they've got someone who understands...no matter how long the storm lasts. 

  1. If you could go back in time would you choose to go back and not experience this obstacle? Why or why not? 

Ultimately, no matter how much I miss my dad I knew it was his time to go. He fought hard to stay here with us...he was the most resilient man I know (both physically and mentally). I know that he was suffering and that God called him home. No matter how much I wish he was here to hold my hands or kiss my forehead I wouldn't change a thing. He got to die peacefully surrounded by the people that loved him. He lived a long and meaningful life that impacted so many. He is no longer suffering and that means more to me than anything else. 



Interviewee DUSTIN BROWN

  • What is something you thought you could never overcome, but have?

Earning a college degree.

  • What did you do to overcome this obstacle?

I had to take English 101 four times. The final attempt was online, and with the use of Word and Grammarly I passed the class.

  • What positive things has this experience taught you?

The biggest thing I learned was not to give up, as well as look for a different solution when a roadblock is in the way. I finished that class in 2016, and since then I earned an associate degree as well as a bachelor's.

  • Does the positive outweigh the negative things after overcoming this obstacle? Explain.

Sometimes I feel like that one class changed me in more ways than just passing a class. I have been at least a half (although most of the time it was a full-time student) for the last four years. I feel like now that I am heading down this path of education, I am not sure if I can stop.

  • How did this obstacle make you stronger and wiser?

When I passed that one class, the doors of choices opened to me. I would have never thought I would have been able to take, much less, pass a class like business law. I have studied and learned so much in the last few years, that I am wiser for the effort.

  • Will you help others who may go through the same thing as you have?

In the last four years, I have helped over 30 service members enroll in college. Not all have stayed with the program, but I showed them the path and the ways that the Army would pay for the classes if they were wise in their choices.

  • If you could go back in time, would you choose to NOT go through this obstacle?

I would do it again.

  • Why or why not?

I have had very few free weekends in the last four years, but I know when I retire from the military that what I have been working on will help me build my future outside of wearing this uniform.


V/R

Dustin



My Answers For Harmony Chavis

1. You’re stranded on a deserted island. You get to bring ONE person. Who are you bringing, and why?

I’d bring my boyfriend. He’s an eagle scout.

2. What is the best productivity skill that you use to help you complete work and school tasks?

I am still figuring that one out. I am working on getting ahead in place of procrastinating.

3. What was your first job? Has it influenced your work ethic or the types of jobs that you want or don’t want?

My first job was working at Tootie’s Café in Stecoah, NC. No not really. I was around 15, and it’s a small diner. I still work in the food industry. I’m a cocktail waitress now. What I learned was if I’m going to deal with people, work at the place where I average the most tips, so it’s worth it. 300 dollars vs. 75 a night makes it worth it.

4. Who was the worst boss you ever had, and what did you learn from them?

He worked at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, and he was new. A lot of people were getting fired. I learned that I should obey the rules with a new boss, because they don’t know me well yet. Lol. I was fired shortly, too. He was fired and added me on facebook. I thought that was creepy. I don’t know what I learned other than follow the rules.

5. What drains/energizes you outside of work?

Repetition. People that don’t tip. Mean people.

6. What is your favorite memory of 2019?

Falling in love with my boyfriend during the worst time of my life. He wants to get married.

7. Where would I be most likely to find you on the weekends? At home watching movies. Sometimes I like to go out and eat, or travel far away.

8. If you had ONE meal to eat for the rest of your life, what are you eating?

Salad.

9. How do you see yourself existing in 10 years?

Sexy body healthy fitness teacher, married, maybe some kids, a master’s degree, owning my own fitness studio, music studio, and rental estate properties.

10. What is one hobby you’d like to perfect?

Aerial dance and pole fitness. I am getting back in shape after breaking my hip.


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