Transition Day!!

Hey everyone!

Last time you have all heard from me was on March 24th. Needless to say, this blog is somewhat overdue.

Most of you are aware of my current blogging situation. Since i had lost all of my previous blogs, it has been more difficult than i had imagined to almost “time travel”, per say. In a way, you almost have to try and relive the experiences that you had once encountered and TRY to accurately depict them, as if they just happened. From this blog forward, i plan on being a more frequent blogger, as i have less time traveling to endure, and will be able to live in the present.

The event after Advocacy Day was Transition Day! Now, i think it would be a good idea to brief you on why this event was so exciting for me and the significance that i personally experienced.

Some background information on me:

I went to Dulaney High School, in Baltimore County. It’s a public school. Now, before Dulaney, I had went to Immaculate Conception School (ICS), in Towson, which is a private, Catholic school. I attended ICS from Kindergarten all the way to eighth¬†grade. And before ICS, i went to pre-K next door, which we called “The Brown House”, for obvious reasons. I was sheltered, having grown up in one area almost my entire life. I had attended pre-K, Kindergarten, grade school, and middle school in the same proximity for 10 whole years of my life. And when graduation from eighth grade approached, almost everyone that i grew up with went to high schools like Notre Dame Preparatory (NDP), Maryvale Preparatory, Mercy, Calvert Hall (“The Hall”), Loyola Blakefield, etc. I was one of few that chose to go to a PUBLIC high school. The reason being?

High school is supposed to be the one pivotal point in everyones’ lives where they do the most changing, growing, learning about who they are, who they want to be, what they want to be, etc. I had decided to go into the high school experience alone. It was me, myself, and i. Three really great people, by the way. Just in case you haven’t met them yet, you should make time to do so. Just saying! Anyways, i was the only one out of my graduating class that went to Dulaney. It was scary, frightening, nerve-wrecking, and a bunch of other emotions and feelings that i had felt going into it.

My senior year was the time that i had enrolled in a course titled “Peer Assistance Tutor”. It was a course only offered to seniors, and it was very different and unique. At Dulaney, we are very diverse and special. Special being that we teach children with Special Needs. A fellow classmate and i taught first period English. That information is key in understanding why this event was so exciting for me.

Theresa Mina is a Disability Support Counselor at the Essex Campus. Each year, she gathers a group of current students, this year being a few Student Ambassadors, to give a tour of some main points on campus. We gathered in the J Building, right outside of the Lecture Hall. I was assigned to give a tour with a fellow Student Ambassador, Keri Hartley. Keri and i gave a tour to Dulaney High School! Hence, why this event was so exciting for me, right off the bat.

There were only a few students, as well as their aids, whom we gave a tour to. I had recognized the students that we had assisted, which was for me, the most significant part of that whole experience. Keri and i had given a brief tour of a few main attractions on campus. The humorous part of giving the tour was i myself was learning of several places that i didn’t know had existed. Or, if i had known that some of those places had existed, then i just wasn’t sure where. Until now!

Sadly, before we knew it, it was time to part with out newly established friends and say our goodbyes. It was an enlightening and familiar experience that i have a true passion for. I can only hope that come next year, i will be able to immerse myself in the day that had not only helped the students of Dulaney High School transition, but others as well.

Advocacy Day!

Hello CCBC!!

You may be asking yourselves, “Why is Gia posting her blogs at such a late time?” I would be asking myself the same question if i were you. Well, there so happens to be a valid explanation as to why this occurred. I have had quite a history with my arch enemy, the computer. We have not always seen eye-to-eye, especially when it decides to betray me after i invest a great deal of trust in it. Since this has happened to me on more than one occasion, it tends to be a tragedy in of itself.

After a brief recovery, I have decided that there is no turning back. I must move forward! Not only for myself, but for all of my readers. And by forward, I mean going back in time. Ladies and gentlemen, we are going back to Wednesday, February 9th, 2011.

7:30 a.m. and off we go! Our bus had departed and we were bound to Annapolis, Maryland. Our mission? SUPPORT=SUCCESS! Each advocate was given guidelines as to what information we should ¬†expect to be discussed when we meet with Baltimore County’s Delegation. The information that we reviewed was based upon various legislative priorities. Supporting the Cade Formula and supporting two projects on the community college capital budget list are just a few examples of the necessary key facts that we needed to encourage.

The main reason of why I had decided to attend this event was because government officials needed to hear voices of students. I know that for each and every one of you, CCBC has impacted your lives in one way or another. CCBC helps the state and local economies, leverages taxpayer dollars, and helps students earn more. On a more personal level, CCBC needed advocates asking for a supplement to complete the funding for construction of the new CCBC Owings Mills Center. We also advocated for support of the renovation of the old CCBC Catonsville Library into the College’s STEM Building.

We had arrived at State Circle, eager to begin representing CCBC. Upon entering the Maryland State House, we were greeted by several other community college representatives. It was quite empowering to be a part of such an influential event. We entered the building by having to go through high levels of security, and were welcomed by Caroline Scott. She gave us all pins and identification badges to wear throughout the day.

All 16 community colleges gathered in one of the oldest buildings, which happened to sustain the most history. The assembly consisted of several prominent speakers, all of whom gave informative, as well as motivational speeches. After the assembly has concluded, CCBC had split up into groups of Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex campuses. The purpose in doing so was to meet with all of Baltimore County Legislative District Delegates and Senators to thank them for supporting community colleges as a whole. Katherine Klausmeier and John W.E. Cluster, Jr. were just two of the many political personnel that we were acquainted with. Shortly after meeting with the Delegates and Senators, we had invited them to join us at the Governor Calvert House for lunch. This was our opportunity to engage in personal conversations regarding who we are as individuals and what our experiences have been like attending CCBC. This was an opportunity that I felt very fortunate to be a part of.

Before we knew it, the time had come to depart and head back home. Back home to CCBC! And after a long day of advocating for our school, there was a unanimous feeling that each and every one of us had felt. We were proud to have represented CCBC. We could without a doubt say, “I AM CCBC!” And that is what Advocacy Day had given us. Pride!

So, now I ask you, will you be a part of Advocacy Day next year?

Governor Calvert House