Degree/certificate: Associate of science degree in social science.
Graduated: December 2012
Why TCC: I chose TCC because I didn’t think I was university material. I didn’t feel like I was smart enough to attend a university, so I decided to start with a community college. Plus, it was close to home, and the tuition was affordable.
Don’t stop trying. Believe in yourself. I used to say I wasn’t smart, but that was something the ladies in Open Door didn’t like. They were full of positive energy. They didn’t just tell you they believed in you; they showed you.
How college support services helped: When I got to TCC, I was having a rough time. I got a job with the Open Door Project [a federally funded program to help students stay in school] through work study, and that’s when I found out all the things they can do for you. They’re like a second parent. They check up on how you’re progressing with your teachers, and they have tutors. They give you confidence. A lot of things are going on in your personal life when you come to school. Open Door counselors take all that into account and help you out. They really work with you in building relationships. I knew if I had a problem with a teacher, if I had a problem with work or school, there were three women in that office who would do whatever they could to help me out. And I needed that.
Advice for other students: Don’t stop trying. Believe in yourself. I used to say I wasn’t smart, but that was something the ladies in Open Door didn’t like. They were full of positive energy. They didn’t just tell you they believed in you; they showed you. When you say you’re smart, believe it, because you are. What’s next: I plan to transfer to Old Dominion University in fall 2013 and study nursing.