“I’m doing exactly what I want to do in life”

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Tidewater_LoubnaLoubna Richid is a 2012 TCC honors graduate who now attends Old Dominion University. This is her story, in her own words.

I love learning and couldn’t wait to get started on my education when I moved to the United States from Spain. I settled in Virginia and found Tidewater Community College to be one of the most comfortable and secure campuses around. I started at TCC taking ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and enjoyed my learning experience with my professors and classmates.

I have passion for languages – I speak 10 and am fluent in five now – and wanted to pursue a degree that would let me explore further my enthusiasm for languages while making me a well-rounded student. Getting my Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts became my plan because I knew I wanted to transfer to a four-year school.

I loved TCC! It was affordable, class sizes were small, and I was very comfortable with all the professors. I also valued the flexibility. There are classes in the morning, the afternoon and at night. Help is everywhere at TCC if you need it; all you need to do is ask. I’m not the greatest at math, but tutors at the Virginia Beach Campus are patient and helpful, and they know how to make learning fun and interesting.

I graduated with honors from TCC in May 2012. Everything transferred easily to Old Dominion University where I’m now a student majoring in English with a concentration in linguistics. After that, my master’s in linguistics will be my next step toward a brighter future. My background in liberal arts prepared me well for my degree path at ODU. I’m doing exactly what I want to do in life and glad TCC was my first choice.

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