Stepping Up To The Future
The crowd can barely suppress their excitement as Forsyth Tech’s class of 2015 enters Winston-Salem’s LJVM Coliseum on May 7, 2015. Five hundred graduates in royal blue gowns and mortarboards make their way, single file, to reserved seating on the Coliseum floor. They’re bursting with anticipation, but also with pride, joy, satisfaction and even a touch of trepidation. But like the spectators, they’re mostly excited. Noise evaporates into stillness among the grads, family and friends, faculty, staff, administrators and VIPs in the room when commencement starts. Later, guest speaker Governor Pat McCrory comments on the buoyant mood lifting everyone’s spirits: “I have never seen so many smiles at one time. Your parents, your brothers and sisters, your sons and daughters, and your neighbors are so proud of you,” he tells the graduates, beaming himself. Then he repeats what his father told him when the future governor graduated from Jamestown’s Ragsdale High School in 1974: “Now, I want you to fulfill your potential.”
There’s no doubt they will. Bravo class of 2015. May the future smile on them as brightly as the crowd in the Coliseum. They’ve earned it.
What An Experience!
AAS, Elementary Education
“After studying at Forsyth Tech, I can say that I’ve grown, and I’m more vocal than I was in the past. My classes helped me realize that teaching is the right career path for me and prepared me for the next step toward my goal. I plan to go to Salem College in the fall to study education.”
“One of the most important things I learned was how to work with multiple people on a team. I worked with teams on final class projects, and I had an internship with a research group conducting experiments at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, which is a collaboration of UNCG and N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro. I was responsible for writing down the procedures and keeping everybody focused on the experiments. Both those experiences taught me skills that I can use on the job in the real world.”
AAS, Paralegal Technology
“It hasn’t been a straight shot from beginning to end. Like a lot of people, I’ve had to put classes on hold and come back. It was a little discouraging, but I would tell other students in a similar situation, ‘Just stick it out!’ What kept me motivated was wanting a career as opposed to a job, wanting something better for myself. I was lucky to have people around me – friends, fellow students and teachers – who encouraged me to keep going. I recommend talking to people who can support you if you hit a momentary road block.”
North Carolina Community College Academic Excellence Award Finalist, 2015 Bienenstock Furniture and Interior Design Competition
“One of the most important things I learned was time management. I understood it from having been in the corporate workforce. But in college, time management is crucial to achieve what you need to, both at school and at home. The instructors emphasized it, but it isn’t something they can teach you – you have to find your way, find what works for you. Some students make it hard on themselves by not preparing for the worst-case scenario or thinking how procrastination will affect the quality of their work. You need good time management skills to succeed.”