Leadership Profile: Tirrea Billings
Saginaw sophomore Tirrea Billings has been cheerleading since eighth grade, but her skills have grown by leaps and bounds since joining Alma’s new competitive cheer team.
“Cheer at Alma takes a lot of concentration and dedication, but it’s worth it,” she says. “As a team, we push and encourage each other to do the best that we can, and I’ve already done stunts and mounts I never thought I could do. It’s an amazing feeling to look back and see how far I’ve come in such a short time.”
Billings is an environmental science major who dreams of combining her passions for nature and media into a career as a documentarian. She says Murray Borrello, environmental studies instructor, encourages her to work toward achieving this.
“I talked to him on my first visit, and I could tell that I had chances to do amazing things at Alma that I don’t think I would be able to do at any other school,” she says. “He makes his students feel like they’re limitless, like they can do anything as long as they put their mind to achieving it.”
Looking forward, Billings hopes to take advantage of opportunities like Posey Global as an Alma student. She also already anticipates how her Alma experience will help her in graduate school and beyond.
“I originally wanted to attend a big, out-of-state school, but I know Alma will allow me to learn many different things and explore many different interests,” she says. “I feel like I’ll really able to be able to find myself during my four years at Alma and then go to a larger graduate school with a set plan and an idea of what I really want from life.”