TOWN- SHIP, Mich. (AP) — For Delta College sophomore Helen Szabo, her earliest experiences with community involvement were seven years ago, when she began helping prepare food in the kitchen at the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, an emergency shelter for the homeless.
Amid repeated “fwup, fwup, fwup” bursts, about a half dozen students from Dixie Applied Technology College fired potatoes from the barrels of their makeshift bazookas and cannons as part of a competition to see who could make the vegetables fly the farthest at the south end of the old runway.
Destany Atkins, a nurse at the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare neonatal intensive care unit, mixes formula for a premature baby. Atkins who was born premature weighing a little more than 2 pounds at birth, spent 97 days in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
On Dec. 14, 2012, a tragedy nearly 800 miles away forced Battle Creek’s Kari Dixon to re-evaluate her life plan. That day, Dixon was 19 years old and halfway through her first year at Kellogg Community College, working toward a psychology degree. She wanted to work in schools. She wanted to work with kids.
Chastity Cunningham says she gets her determination from hermother. Gloria Farias was a veteran police officer who worked hard alongside her husband to provide for Cunningham and the couple’s two other children until Farias died from a brain aneurysm 10 yearsago.
Fear of failure nearly became Amber Chrobot’s biggest downfall. As a high schooler, she could barely face math. She was home-schooled, and family health problems combined with her stubborn attitude provided the formula she needed to drop out.
Guy Hostetter sure knows how to vacation. He drove 30 straight hours in a rented van, then spent several days working construction without pay. He sprained his ankle in the process, but it still was the most rewarding experience of his life.
Anthony Langhorne’s future sat hidden on his desk. Buried under postcards and invitations from a variety of universities and small colleges, a beacon from Columbia University called out to him. Yes, that Columbia University. New York. Ivy League. Prestige.
During the 2011 session, Texas legislators quietly added a rider to the state budget allocating up to $350,000 to hire a national consultant to develop a blueprint for a statewide administrative system for Texas community colleges.
One section at a time and for nearly four years, Debra Bradford has been determined to earn her general equivalency degree. Not bad for a woman who was hooked on drugs and alcohol, was shot in the head and suffered severe brain damage two decades ago, and has battled mental and physical health demons.
Danny Goodman’s head flew back as he erupted in laughter at the sight of a cardboard car pulling up to the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A. The Salisbury resident couldn’t help but chuckle when he saw five college students driving the vehicle Flintstone-style, powering it with their feet.
Zohal Manzoor heard about Casper College in Kabul, Afghanistan, while working at the Afghanistan PEACE Project, an organization rebuilding the country’s agricultural system. A colleague’s son recommended Casper from his experience as a student there.