By PAYTON JULIAN
What is the plan? What is the dream? How is one supposed to know where to begin? Those are questions that pounded my head as the idea of college entered my mind. The problem was, I had no idea how to apply. I had no idea where to apply.
Amarillo College was my final option due to the fact that I already was behind.
As I talked to my general studies adviser, I witnessed firsthand the AC staff’s passion for their students to achieve their dreams.
This adviser did not just help me register for classes; she opened an endless number of doors for me, and the Presidential Scholars Program was one of them.
I cannot even being to express my gratitude toward the program.
My last-minute option was the best thing that ever has happened to me. I have been to Cambodia; I have seen the enormous and inspiring Angkor Watt; I have been halfway around the world, all because of AC and its passion for student success.
Since I was young, my dream has been to travel. I have talked about exploring for as long as I can remember and, within a year of attending AC, I’ve been as far as I could go. My mind has been blown.
I do not know why things worked out for me. I do not know why I was given this opportunity, but I am so thankful.
Presidential Scholars not only has touched me with travel; this program has expanded my mind with organization, leadership and involvement.
Obviously, I was not a very organized person before I came to AC.
To be honest, organization is something I still need to work on, but I have a life plan now. I know what I want to do, and I have an organized plan for my future beyond AC.
I have realized the importance of time management, and I try to apply it to my everyday life. My confidence has been boosted because I know what I am going to do. I feel like an example, like a leader.
Presidential Scholars has provided many leadership training events that I have attended. The training explained my style and personality to a T, and as corny as this sounds, I have come to figure out who am.
I have found myself in this program. And I like who I am. I feel acceptance, and with this feeling of acceptance, I have become more involved with my school. I take pride in AC and the knowledge I have gained from it.
Organization, leadership and involvement go hand in hand. Those three words, those three skills, are the reason I am excited about my future.
Before Presidential Scholars, organization, leadership and involvement were just words that I knew the definition to.
Now I live these words. They are a part of me.
I understand AC’s passion. I have seen it. I have felt it, and I will stand up for AC any day.
AC was my last resort, but I have accomplished life dreams within one year of attendance.
My last resort was the very best option for me.