The five years I have spent in Springfield have been the most beneficial and self-fulfilling years of my life. I have overcome many obstacles within those five years that have put me in a position I would have never imagined.
Becoming the Student Trustee of Lincoln Land Community College was the icing on the cake for all the hard work and dedication in transforming myself from who I once was. The Brandon Lewis that my fellow peers see today was not always a confident, well-spoken young man. Learning from my mistakes assisted in the transformation into the young man that sits on the Board of Trustees to represent the voice of the student body.
I am now pursing an associate in science degree with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems. I began attending LLCC as a culinary arts student but eventually—as many other students do—changed my major. In the future, I plan to transfer to Arizona State or Howard University to continue my business degree. My ultimate career goal is to become a successful entrepreneur with several businesses. One of those businesses will be a food truck that I will co-manage with my mother.
Community colleges are known for their small class sizes and affordability. Besides those reasons, I chose LLCC because of its high success rate for students who have taken a remedial course. The overall amount of concern the staff and faculty have for students is unbeatable. Attending a community college may not always be the preferred choice of a potential college student, but the professors at LLCC really make it an environment where students are able to find their potential and exceed in reaching their goals.
As a high school student, one of the things I wished I would have known before attending college was the value of dual credit courses. They are a great way to get ahead of the game. LLCC offers plenty of dual credit courses with the neighboring high schools in the Springfield area.
Something that is commonly overlooked at community colleges are the extra-curriculars that students can get involved in such as clubs, organizations, campus jobs, etc. The advantage of attending a community college is that it makes getting involved a lot easier. The amount of opportunity is even greater in my opinion because the pool of students is more concentrated. Because of this, I was able to join many clubs and involve myself in the many things LLCC has to offer. From joining student government and Black Student Union to volunteering with the Student United Way, there are numerous ways to get involved.
Some of the most positive experiences I have had at LLCC have been with staff members who have bonded with students through events such as the Multicultural Fest, where students and staff come together and learn about different cultures while also being able to taste the food of those cultures.
The best advice I could give to a new student is to never be afraid to seek help, network and build quality relationships, and try new things whenever the opportunity presents itself. As Trustee I look forward to the new people I will encounter, and all the exciting events I will be attending.
I am grateful to have attended such a remarkable school as LLCC. While attending LLCC, I was able to redeem myself. With all the things LLCC has done for me, words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have toward the individuals who have assisted me in my long journey to success.