Daven Smith


Daven Smith was born in Gulfport, MS, to the parents of Anthony and Carrie Smith. She has lived in Collins, MS most of her life. Daven attended Piney Woods Country Life School, the only African American boarding high school in Mississippi. After her high school graduation, Daven attended Prairie View A&M University. Illness delayed her college experience; however, she later enrolled at Tougaloo College. During Daven’s tenure at Tougaloo, she was member to numerous organizations. She cites her best organizational accomplishment as joining Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority during the Fall semester of 2016. Daven recently graduated Sum Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts, in Child Development on May 7, 2017. She plans to attend William Carey University to work on a Masters of Teaching in Special Education, with an emphasis in Dyslexia.

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Daven Smith


Grown & Gone: Stories and tips to help students survive their first independent year of college is a great book of real world stories and tips shared by college students and one high school senior. The contributors of this book are very candid as they explain their troubles and triumphs during their undergraduate year. 


If you are a high school student or a college freshman, I bet you’ve got your first year of college all figured out. You are about to have the time of your life – parties, friends, fun, your own dorm room, and a bit of school work. The next few years of college will be just like high school, except no parents, no curfews, and thank goodness – no lectures. Well, that’s what we thought too. But, things don’t always work out like we think they will. If you want real life stories and tips that will help you improve your college experience, this is the book for you.


Inspiring stories. Real-life tips for High School and College students. This should be a MUST read for high school students to give them the real facts about going to college from students just like them. As a college professor, I wish ALL my students read this book before they started college.

-Dr. Stevie Dawn Blakely, CEO, Orange Compass
 I absolutely LOVE this book! Awesome, Awesome! This is a book that every college freshman should read!
-Dr. Felicia McGowan, Assistant Professor, Alcorn State University
Grown & Gone is a fantastic compilation of personal stories to give incoming college freshman a quick dose of reality. This book offers the truth about the hardships of attending college for the first time, how best to deal with professors, and how to learn from the mistakes of others. Don’t skip the checklists and challenges at the end of the book — they are a great way to prepare your high school senior for what comes next! Highly recommended!
-Dawn M. Wooten, Adjunct Professor, Purdue University at Fort Wayne
This is such a great book–so many good messages and impactful stories! 
-Stephanie Diaz, Author of the Extraction book series
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