I still didn’t know that “real fun” could happen at a community college, but I later found out that I was definitely wrong. One day I learned that elections were coming up for officer positions in the Honors Program. Our instructor urged us first-year students to run for office, and for some reason, I heard myself saying “I can do it, I guess.” I started attending Honors Program meetings. I was also meeting tons of new people in the program, and even started hanging out with them outside of school. By the end of my first year, I decided to run for two more officer positions in other clubs.
From indecision to clarity
Now I’m in my last semester here at Lincoln Land, and I’m more involved than ever. I’m president of the Honors Program Student Organization, a vice president in Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, vice president of the Student Government Association, and involved in other clubs such as Quiz Bowl and the Environmental Club. I have an on-campus job and have traveled to Belize through the biology program, Atlanta, Chicago at least three times and soon to Nashville. Life is pretty hectic here, but I love every second of it.
Most importantly, I’ve finally decided what I want to do. Being at Lincoln Land has prepared me to transfer to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and pursue a dual bachelor’s degree in marketing and environmental sustainability.
I don’t write about my accomplishments to brag, but rather to show other students that there is so much opportunity at this school. The only thing I would change about my journey here is that I would have been much more thankful when I opened up that scholarship letter from the LLCC Foundation.
As for my friends who went to the big universities, I’m happy for them and the experiences they had. But I’m also happy that I didn’t follow them and that I’ll be entering my junior year of college with no debt. I will definitely be sad when it’s time for me to move on to my next school, but I am so glad that I chose to go near, because I know this will help me go far.