Primarily, I chose Hillsborough Community College because of the experiential learning the Dr. Lydia R. Daniel Honors Program provided to students. HCC and Honors changed my life completely. I simply found my passion in higher education and assisting students succeed in their college careers, and I owe it all to HCC and the Honors Program.
I pursued my undergraduate degree at USF Tampa campus and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Additionally, I recently completed my Master’s degree of Management within the USF Muma College of Business. Currently, I am a first year student success coordinator at the University of South Florida. I assist with helping students from all over the world transition to USF in the summer term.
Through the experiential learning in the Honors Program, I learned the definition of what it is to be a leader and had a plethora of role models during my first two years of my academic career. The building blocks of realizing my long term objectives truly started at HCC, and the Honors Program is where I was able to align my passion and purpose.
HCC instilled a desire to serve others in our community and globally. When the National Convention was hosted in Tampa in 2012, the Washington Center hosted their internship program at Hillsborough Community College. During that time, HCC was the first community college to assist with hosting this prestigious organization. I was one of the few students to represent Hillsborough Community College during this seminar and learned the true value of service.
I am forever grateful to all of the faculty and staff of the HCC Honors Program for the amount of time and attention they devoted to me to ensure I achieved my academic and personal goals.