It has been a little over one year since I graduated from CCBC with an associate’s degree in General Studies. I have since transferred to Slippery Rock University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing with a minor in Computing.
When I first came to CCBC, I had no idea as to what I was going to major in. Part of that was due to the fact that I was only a junior in high school. The very first course I took at CCBC, like many other students, was Introduction to Information Technology. The course itself was held one night a week in the Science and Technology Center (STC).
I was terrified about entering a college classroom at the ripe age of 16. All my predetermined inclinations as to how I thought a college classroom would be, came from TV shows and movies. When the day finally came for the semester to begin, I was completely shocked by what I walked into. Instead attending class with a rowdy bunch of 18 and 19-year-olds, I ended up in a classroom filled with adult students. Now that I’m older and have been in college for a longer amount of time, this situation makes a lot more sense to me. Adult students take night classes because most also have full-time jobs. But again, I was 16 and did not think that way yet.
Another aspect of college classes that completely surprised me was that they really weren’t that difficult. Sure, you always encounter subjects that you find difficult to understand but the workload is manageable. That is, as long as you decide to not procrastinate.
After successfully completing my first college course, I was inspired to enroll in four more the following year. Because of CCBC’s dual enrollment program, teachers from my high school were allowed to teach several of their courses on site. By the time I had graduated from high school, I had already accumulated 15 college credits.
After graduation, I had intended on going straight to SRU or IUP but was persuaded not to after being picked to receive CCBC’s Presidential Scholarship. Two years’ worth of college courses being paid for was an opportunity that I could not pass up.
While attending CCBC, I was both a Student Ambassador and Phi Theta Kappa member. I would not have been a part of either academic honorary group if I had chosen to go directly to a four-year university. I also would not have been allotted the opportunity to gain the valuable leadership skills that I use today.
A few months before my graduation a received even more good news. I was chosen to be a part of 2015 All-PA Academic Team in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Receiving this prestigious award meant that I would be attending a banquet in my and the other winners’ honor, along with having two years of tuition paid for at any state university in Pennsylvania. Without the help of CCBC’s and it’s wonderful staff, I would never have known about or won this award.
Now as I enter my final year of college, I am again back at CCBC. Around December of last year, I found out that I needed an internship in order to complete the requirements for a degree in Professional Writing. Now, until mid-July, I can be found in CCBC’s marketing department as an intern. Again, without the help of the Community College of Beaver County, I would not be where I am today.