May 2022 Graduation Spotlight: Brooklyn Brewer

May 13, 2022 Sarah Harbison

Brooklyn Brewer grew up on campus as her father, Dr. Jacob Brewer, is the director of Hardin-Simmons University’s Physical Therapy Program. With the HSU campus as her playground and faculty as her friends, Brooklyn intended to move outside of Abilene once her college years hit. However, once she had moved to another university, she realized Hardin-Simmons was where she needed to be and returned back home. 

Brooklyn has stayed involved throughout her time at Hardin-Simmons in a variety of ways. She has been involved in Tri Phi, International Student Fellowship, Athletic Engagement Committee, Residence Life, Iota Pi, and Gamma Beta Phi. Brooklyn spends most of her time pouring into international students as a Designated School Official (DSO) for the Office of Global Engagement.

Brooklyn is a psychology major with a minor in leadership. Brooklyn is passionate about mentorship and found that her major and minor allowed her to pursue that. 

Brooklyn began the role as a DSO with a passion for travel and culture, but soon learned the logistics of immigration, computer skills, and virtual communication. From understanding insurance to attending bank appointments, Brooklyn has learned many life skills alongside the students she advises. Brooklyn enjoys watching the courage of international students as they try new things, from roller skating for the first time to learning a new culture. 

The two questions James B. Simmons asked himself guided Brooklyn during her time at Hardin-Simmons. “What is the greatest thought that has ever occupied your mind?” and  “What is your duty toward fulfilling it?” These two questions were asked of her as she worked in Global Engagement and have impacted how she lives. During her time at HSU, Brooklyn has found that her greatest thought is to make the unseen feel seen. Brooklyn plans to fulfill this thought by returning to Hardin-Simmons to earn her graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling. 

As this chapter of Brooklyn’s time at Hardin-Simmons ends, the word that comes to her mind to describe HSU is commitment. She explained this by saying, “The professors are committed to their students, the people are committed to each other, and the school is committed to your education and spiritual growth.”  

Brooklyn advises students to “Be bold and be the one who is always willing to start the conversation.”

Congratulations, Brooklyn!