“Starting at Southside Virginia Community College was a good option for me. I felt it would properly prepare me for a four-year institution. I wanted to attend a community college that was affordable and flexible. I am a single mother of two beautiful girls, and a full-time employee. I supported myself, and I was still able to obtain my Associate of Applied Science degree in one year,” are the words of Shontelle Hurt of Blackstone, Virginia.
She has worked as a correctional officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 11 years, raised her daughters and is currently enrolled in Old Dominion University. A graduate of Nottoway High School, she has a goal of becoming a guidance counselor so that she may enable children to live productive lives, to cope with new situations and challenges through informed decision making.
Hurt notes, “President Barack Obama once said ‘you make your own future.’ I encourage everyone to be great and ambitious. It doesn’t matter where you came from, all that matters is where you are going.”
She added that SVCC had a great support team through advisors, counselors and financial aid that guided her through this successful journey.
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