Nia Anderson, a native of San Antonio, TX, graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She received her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology with a minor in social psychology. While attending UAB, Nia was a member of the Iota Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she served as a chapter Hostess, as the Sisterly Relations Committee Chair, and as a part of various other committees. After working with Impact, Nia plans to go back to school to get a master’s degree in social work. Ultimately, she wants to pursue a career dedicated to serving and enriching the lives of underprivileged youths.

Who is someone you admire and why?

One of the people that I admire most is my mom; she is truly one of the strongest people I have ever met. I have never seen my mom give up, or say that something was too hard to do, because that’s not the type of person she is. She handles everything as if it was the easiest thing in the world and doesn’t allow herself to be pushed down by anything. She’s taught me to take pride in triumph, but also in losing as long as I know that I tried my best.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

One thing that most people don’t know about me is that I’m afraid of birds. I know that birds are a pretty random animal to be afraid of, but when I was in middle school, birds would repeatedly build nests on my front porch, right next to the door, and then they would harass and attack me when I came home from school and tried to enter the house. I understand that in their minds they were just protecting their home, but now whenever a bird flies above my head or lands near me, I cower a little bit.