What is your status at the college?
I am a Business Administration major here at QVCC. I have lived in Killingly my entire life, so QVCC has been close been in my life for as long as I can remember.
Why did you choose to come to QVCC?
When I was looking at college’s in high school, I made the decision to come to QVCC for two years because of the low tuition cost. I knew that I wanted to major in business, but I wasn’t sure exactly what area. By choosing to come to QVCC, it gave me the opportunity to explore my passions without having to worry about anything financially.
What have you learned about QVCC, as an institution, that you didn’t know before you came here that has surprised you – in a good way?
Although QVCC has been in my home town for my entire life, I did not know a lot about QVCC, other than the fact that it is a community college. Walking into the doors on my first day in the Fall of 2015, I thought it was much like high school. After getting involved around campus, I quickly learned that my idea of the College was very wrong. The thing that surprised me the most about the school was how supportive and welcoming the college is, and especially how much it has allowed me to grow. I always think to myself that every dream needs a solid foundation to build off of, and QVCC has provided me with that foundation.
How has the college prepared you for your next step whether continuing with a four-year degree or entering the job market?
QVCC has prepared me to transfer to Nichols College for fall 2017 by allowing me to explore many areas in business for an unbeatable price. Since I have had no financial burden at the school, it has allowed me to save money to transfer to a four-year institution.
What has been the best part of being a QVCC student?
The best part about being a student at QVCC has been my growth as an individual. When I was in high school, I felt like I was a part of a group of people who was identified by others as one unit. When I came to QVCC, though, I became my own person, and grew as an individual student.
What is advice can you give to someone who might be interested in going to college and considering QVCC?
I tell all of my friends who are considering coming to QVCC is to look past the stigma around community colleges, and get involved. The opportunities that arise for students here can be found at any four-year university, and some can’t because they are so unique to QVCC environment. Once you get involved, the campus is like one big family working together towards common goals.