As my final semester draws to a close, I can now reflect and say confidently that being a part of the CCV community, I have learned to see myself as part of a larger world. Going forward, I can apply the many life lessons that I’ve learned here at CCV to my personal character, my future education, and my future career.
You can tell a native New Yorker from a non-native by how aware they choose to be of their presence on the subway. They sleep, ensured by their city-formed adaptation to waking up just before their stop. They read books. Before cell phones, newspapers were likely a popular form of dissociating.
When I was eight, my favorite pastime was making tortillas. I could peel 85 tomatillos in about five minutes, sometimes in just four and a half. I would stand on two stacked crates up front so I could make eye contact with adults as I rang up their order, carefully counting their change.
For various reasons, I have been thinking about refugees a good deal lately. I come from Rutland and as many might know, over the past year the Rutland community has been preparing for, and then quickly not preparing for, Syrian refugees.
When it comes to business, the general rule is that word of mouth recommendations are the best kind you can get. When these same types of recommendations are made for CCV, they don’t simply benefit the College, they have the potential to enrich lives, reshape futures, and strengthen Vermont. This is why I feel it’s so important for you, our alumni to remember and recommend CCV, because along with our current students, your voices carry the most weight.
Each spring semester at the College we invite school counselors and community partners to a breakfast at one of our academic centers, giving them the opportunity to learn about CCV’s programs and hear from our students about their experiences.
I attended the student panel in Winooski this spring and was struck by the consistency of what the students shared—they had some questions about whether or not CCV was a “real college” before they came, but after attending CCV they were impressed by the rigor of the coursework and faculty, they talk about the critical role of the supportive academic staff, the benefit of the diversity of students in their classes and the affordability of the college, which for many makes attending college possible.