As a Regents Scholar, an aspiring teacher and a midfielder on the Lions soccer team, Brittni Ong has proven herself as a goal-getter. A Fort Worth, Texas native, Brittni’s knack for achieving goals began when she was an energetic 4-year-old scoring goals on the soccer field, and continued in the classroom where she graduated in the top 6 percent of her class. After 15 years of achieving goals on and off the soccer field, Brittni was ready to take on a different type of goal: college.

As an early childhood education major, Brittni chose Texas A&M University-Commerce because of its reputation as one of the top teaching institutions in the state. The Regents Scholars program also provided Brittni with unique opportunities to study abroad, push herself academically and pursue leadership opportunities.

“My main goal in life is to affect a child positively to create a lasting impact,” Brittni said. “I want to be the teacher that kids remember when they’re 50-years-old and say ‘I had this really great teacher that inspired me…’”

Brittni takes great pride in representing A&M-Commerce on the field and in the classroom. “I am proud of being a Regent, and a member of the soccer team. Knowing others are watching me motivates my actions and helps keep my grades up.”

During her freshman year, Brittni achieved many of the goals she established for herself, accomplishments she knows will make her parents proud. She played in six games for the Lions soccer team, with three shots on goal. She made the dean’s list, and pledged Kappa Delta Sorority where she received a new member award for Gracious Living.

Brittni is careful to maintain perspective and poise as she balances academics, athletics and a blossoming social life. “I follow God’s plan very carefully and turn to him when I feel like I can’t handle it anymore or need guidance,” Brittni said. “I’ve learned that there are times where it gets a bit hectic and crazy, but I always work things out.”