Finding my confidence at community college
I chose to attend a community college because of uncertainty in my aptitude. It had been more than 25 years since I’d been in a classroom, and I was apprehensive of the skills I possessed. While in high school, middle school, and even elementary school, I lacked problem-solving skills and assignments were difficult for me to comprehend. I struggled. I put many hours into studying, only to receive average grades.
Going to a community college has helped me build my confidence, allowing me to feel comfortable with my abilities. Community college is the step I needed to take to build my time management, test taking strategies, and note-taking skills. At the time, earning a degree from a two-year institution was a shorter long-term goal. Personally, I needed to take baby steps before I could consider a four-year university.
When I first started classes at Wayne County Community College District, everyone I ran into intimidated me. I felt as though every word that came out of my mouth came out backward, and everything I said sounded as though I did not know what I was talking about. It was as though I was placed in a spotlight, and my racing thoughts would not allow words to form. My biggest fear was coming across as being ignorant.
Every morning was a struggle, yet, as time passed, the anxiety I was feeling became more controlled. I began to realize that other students felt the same as I did. At some point over the next several months, students began to refer to me as being smart. I explained my good grades did not come naturally and that I had to work extremely hard. Eventually, students began to ask me where I was going to be studying for an upcoming test and wondered if they could study with me.
Once my classmates realized I was becoming successful in my classes, they wanted help. I began inviting students over to my home where I felt more comfortable. I was happy to assist, and while working with each of them, I was becoming a stronger student. This gave me great confidence and it began to show. The students and I were excelling and because of that, we also began to have hope. I started believing in my abilities and my anxiety was not as apparent. I realized it was uncertainty and not ignorance slowing me down. This was only a phase I needed to push through, so I could see my potential.
Everyone has the potential to succeed if he or she has the will and is pushed in the right direction. So, never give up on what you want in life.
Victoria is the first in her family to go to college and has earned an AS and AA degree at Wayne County Community College where she graduated at the top of her class in 2015 as the WCCCD’s Special Recognition Award Recipient. Victoria is an officer of both Phi-Theta Kappa and Tri-Beta Biological Honors Societies. She continues to build on her leadership skills by working closely with Executive Women’s International of Detroit /Windsor (EWI). Outside of the classroom, she enjoys quality time with her granddaughters.