Q: What were your biggest accomplishments?
A: I was elected International Officer for PTK this year and selected Coca-Cola Gold
Scholar. I also got a job at an ophthalmology office, and I really appreciate being
able to help other people, especially during this time.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: What I’m most proud of is the project I worked on with the Foundation a couple of
years ago. A few other students and I started a scholarship for survivors of human
Q: How has the last year changed you?
A: I’ve become more confident in my skills and myself. It has helped me be more empathetic
about what other people have been going through and be there for people who need help.
I also feel it has helped me see things more positively. Before a small thing could
happen and my day would be ruined. Now I think, is it the worst thing that could happen
Q: What type of support did you receive from faculty over the past year?
A: I’ve had really amazing professors. Professor Theodore Bolak has helped me by writing
letters of recommendation for colleges and scholarships and has really been there
for me when I really needed that personal connection. Also, Dr. Jeffrey Farrah did
the same. He’s so kind and really looked out for me. They are the best.
Q: What type of support did you receive from the administration?
A: I have a special place in my heart for Vice Chancellor Daniel Jenuwine. He is a man
who is incredible, and I appreciate him and the help he gave in guiding me in what
I want to do professionally. He’s very encouraging and has written strong letters
of recommendation. Dean Stacey Crews is an amazing woman and so inspiring. Associate
Deans Marikay Clancy and Andrew Muniz and Dean Jahquan Hawkins also were very supportive.
Q: What are the next steps for you after leaving OCC?
A: I want to finish my bachelor degree at a 4-year-university. I don’t know where I’m
going, but it’s where my heart takes me. I hope to come back to a community college
in the future and help other community college students.