Page 23

A LITTLE ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAY FOR THIS VWCC GRAD The high cost of tuition at four-year colleges and the advice of a high-school advisor directed Evita Huang, 20, to Virginia Western Community College, where — with financial aid and scholarships — she graduated in May 2016 with an associate degree in science. While juggling a full course load, Evita embraced campus life, volunteering as a campus tutor, college ambassador, as vice president of the academic honor society, and as founder of the campus Circle K International service organization. Not even her busy schedule could stop her from earning a 4.0 GPA and being invited to deliver the commencement address. This fall Evita transferred to Virginia Tech where she is majoring in Biochemistry with plans to attend dental school after graduation. Evita is grateful to VWCC for helping her succeed. “The most valuable part of the community college experience was learning how to think for myself. I was nervous going in, but my professors, coaches and fellow students encouraged me to think independently and logically. Because of that, I gained confidence, the confidence to be myself.”

VCCS 50th Anniversary Annual Report