TaBria Cowan is a sophomore from Michigan City, Indiana, who came to IUPUI to pursue a degree in elementary education. Like many other DEAP members, she got involved with the program during Summer Bridge at the start of her freshman year. Those two weeks before her first semester began were critical because she became more comfortable navigating the campus and understanding the expectations of being an university student. Becoming an university student was difficult for her since it meant enduring many changes from the life she was used to back home in Michigan City.
Cowan says, "I had trouble adjusting to college. It was a big change for me, and at one point I seriously considered going back home. I was at a strange school where I didn't yet have any friends, and I was living somewhere new. My family was three hours away. It was a lot to handle all at once, and I didn't think I could do it. The DEAP staff talked me through it and helped me see my own potential. They convinced me to stay, and in doing so, they taught me to believe in myself."