TRiO Support is Priceless
by: Deanna Carter
I am a first generation college student. It took me nearly 20 years to decide to pursue a life-long desire to teach history. Even though I am a wife and mother of two children, I decided to charge ahead in my quest to earn a Master’s Degree so that I may teach history to adults. I have appreciated the patience of my family in my pursuit of an education. In May of 2009 I earned my Associates Degree at Nashville State Community College. I knew it was only the first step in reaching my goal, and I would have to continue onward to earn my Bachelor’s Degree at a University. Austin Peay was the perfect fit.
Even though I began as a junior, I was petrified when I began course work on the university campus. It was like a whole new world, and I needed help. I had to quickly learn a writing style that was different from the one I had been taught. I also had to learn to use the campus technology. I was a good student, but the transition was not easy. I knew I would have to have plenty of guidance in order to be successful.
TRiO Student Support Services was there for me. The staff worked with me on the skills I needed to achieve my goals. I gained confidence to face the challenges that would unfold ahead. Whenever I had a question or needed advice, I knew I could ask anyone on the staff for assistance and they would cheerfully give it. It has been a pleasure getting to know everyone who works for TRiO.
In every way, they made me feel important. Whatever campus activity I was involved in, they demonstrated interest. TRiO Student Support Services celebrated every success along with me. They have been quick to commend and encourage along the journey to graduation. I was thrilled when they asked me to be a Transfer Mentor, so now I can help and encourage others as I have been. When I was told I was selected as the TRiO Achiever, I was deeply honored.
I am so delighted to have been a member of TRiO. I will graduate in May 2011 Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelor’s Degree, and I am continuing on to earn my Master’s Degree at Austin Peay. It is wonderful to have a resource like TRiO on our campus, and I hope everyone who qualifies will explore this wonderful program.