Monday, June 23, 2014

#SoCanU Story: A first generation college grad earns six degrees

Inspired by the interest in the #SoCanU project I'll be periodically sharing interviews with some of the contributors so you can be further inspired by where community college can take you.

In these stories you'll find some great advice, obstacles you might be able to relate to, and successes to remind you what is possible.

First up, Don, currently a Programs & Events Coordinator with Maricopa Community Colleges and a graduate of Phoenix College, South Mountain Community College, Ottawa University, and Northern Arizona University. He now has an M.Ed.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
Spend time at home with family and friends.

Favorite food/meal?
Chocolate!!! LOTS of chocolate (LOL) And, Mexican food, especially cheese enchiladas and chile rellenos.

What made you decide to choose community college?
Costs, smaller class sizes (compared to universities) and more one-on-one with instructors.

Were there any obstacles in your life prior to attending community college that you had to overcome? 
Financial hardship, but was hired as a temporary employee at Phoenix College in my second year attending there and it led to being employed into a full-time position shortly after graduating.

What obstacles did you overcome in community college and/or in your transfer university to achieve your degree?
Being a first-generation college student, and my parents and familia, not familiar with college/university lingo, requirements, etc.

I had to do the whole process on my own and had to "learn the ropes" of how to navigate enrollment, registration, financial aid, etc.

What is one of the most important things that helped you succeed in community college and beyond?
Having one-on-one time with community college faculty that really helped me with my questions with subject materials and college processes.

What are you most excited about for your future right now?
Hopefully get a job promotion into middle management and pondering a doctorate degree.

What is the best piece of advice you can give our readers who are currently attending community college?
Utilize all the resources available to you to make you become a successful student and graduate. Connect with your instructors and student support services available. And, find mentors to guide and counsel with you.

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