My Experience

As a Student Ambassador, one of my jobs or roles is to be a student representative at the Admissions pathway program. For those of you who don’t know, the Admissions pathway program is when a small group of 10th graders from a local Baltimore County high school come to CCBC to learn about college and the benefits of CCBC.  At this program we have representatives from career services, financial aid and of course admission come and talk to the students about career choices, how to pay for college, and other similar things. After all of the different presentations were over and before I gave the students a tour of the campus, I was asked to introduce myself and talk about my experiences post high school.


I started off by saying who I was, and my path from high school to my previous college to CCBC. I told the Students that right after high school I originally did not want to attend CCBC I wanted to go to a four year school and not even give CCBC a chance. So that is what I did. Right after high school, I went to McDaniel College for 1 semester and realized that it wasn’t the right fit for me so I transferred to CCBC last spring. I then went on to telling them how after my first semester at CCBC I started to become more involved on campus, with having an on campus job, becoming a Student Ambassador and so much more.


After introducing myself and talking to the students about my college experiences, a boy in the back of the room raised his hand and asked “How do you know that a college is the right fit for you? And how do you know that CCBC is a better fit for you?” When I was asked this question it really made me think for a minute. It wasn’t hard for me to say what it was that I did or didn’t like about both schools, but it was hard to break it up so that a 10th grader with no understanding of college would understand.


When I answered his question, I knew I had to bring out what I look for in a college and how McDaniel differed from my expectations. I started off by saying how the only time I visited McDaniel was on an admissions day, and how when I got there as a student everything seemed so different. When you are visiting a college on an admissions day you really do not get to see what classes are like, how people interact with each other, or even how big the student body really is.


When I got there as a student I realized that the student body was A LOT smaller than I thought. Everybody knows everybody, and the slightest bit of drama gets carried around to the entire campus. I also realized that everything changes on an admissions day, from the food served in the cafeteria to how clean and kept up the campus is . I’m not saying that it was dirty, it just had a different atmosphere when I was there as a prospective student than when I was there a student. I also realized early in the semester that I always went home on weekends trying to get away from the campus. I feel like trying to get away, and going home frequently was a sign that I did not like it there.


For me when I am looking for a college CCBC matches pretty well with that I am looking for.  I like that there are 70,000 students, but there are only maybe 30 students in each of my classes. I like this because I know a lot of people but I haven’t met or even seen every student that attends CCBC. Also, not everyone at CCBC can recognize me. Yes, people that I went to high school or maybe middle school might recognize me, but people that I have never met arent going to be able to point me about. I also like that I don’t live on campus. For many people, living on campus is wonderful but for me, I like to go to campus when I want to be there and leave when I don’t want to be there. As a freshman at most big schools you are not allowed to have your car on campus. To me that was very stressful because I always had to wait for someone to come get me or take me somewhere.


I also want to look at the program I am going to a specific school for. My major is sports management, so when I go to a schools website I look at the previous internships and where there alumni are in the job world.  For me seeing a professional or widely known company or organization makes that program or school more reputable. I do not want to go to a school and be the first person that wants to be in the program and take it in a different direction.


I feel like this conversation really opened the eyes of the twelve tenth graders that visited on Friday. It sparked a few more questions, and I feel like it really opened the group up to be able to ask me questions during the tour and when I had other one on one experiences with the group.


Now that I am 11 credits away from completing my General Studies Degree at CCBC, I am starting to look at four year schools again. I feel like attending McDaniel and CCBC gives me two different prospectives in school types. So as I am visiting schools I know what to look for and I will  be able to point out what I will really like about a school. I have found that many students at CCBC are looking to transfer in the fall. If you are one of those, What are you going to be looking for in your future school?


How to prepare for finals..

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a good holiday break!


After the quick holiday break, it is now time to start focusing on finals. We have 3 quick weeks left until winter break. If you guys are like me, you probably didn’t get much accomplished over break and now professors are piling up more work to get done in such a short amount of time. It is overwhelming. Juggling multiple classes and trying to get the best possible grade can be challenging. These are somethings I will be doing to get through all 6 of my finals:


1. Take a nap. It’s likely you’ve been up late at some point this week or even pulled an all-nighter. Even if you only have 20 minutes, take a power nap to rejuvenate.


2. Take a walk. A little exercise is healthy and getting away from campus or your neighborhood can provide some much needed relief.


3. Take a deep breath. It might seem cliché, but taking a few deep breaths can help relieve tension, make you calmer, and help you figure out what to write for that final paper.


4. Try yoga. If you’re a beginner, there are easy videos on YouTube that will guide you. The stretching in yoga can help you feel calmer and less tense.


5. Do something spontaneous. It might seem like you don’t have any time to do anything, but sometimes taking a break for something can make you more productive in the long run. Plus, it’s fun to have fun!


6. Plan a late night breakfast. The weekend before finals you more than likely will be awake all night. Why not plan a night to go get breakfast with friends and get away from studying for a short time.


7.Do something to make you relax.Do something completely random that will not require much thinking. For example, coloring a coloring book. It will take your mind off of school and give your brain a break.


8. Have confidence.  Negativity will not lead you down the path of success. Have pride in your work, and know that you are capable of anything.


Keep Calm And Study On


Fall Harvest

Thanksgiving goes back to 1621, when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest. This harvest was a 3 day festival, celebrating their first harvest, that included eating, hunting and other entertainment.  Many people consider this to be the first Thanksgiving. However, it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln declared a national Thanksgiving Day every November.

In 1621 during the autumn harvest, they ate deer instead of turkey. They also, did not have potatoes, or pumpkin pie. These things were not on the Thanksgiving menu until Sara Josepha Hale, the author of Mary had a Little Lamb, decided to reenact the Pilgrims autumn harvest. While doing so, she made recipes for mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and turkey.

From 1621 until now, I feel like Thanksgiving has always been about being with family and friends, as well as meeting knew people. It is about being thankful for what you are, and what you have. Some people will be more anxious about black Friday shopping, and not really pay close attention to there family and friends.

I think of Thanksgiving in an entire different light compared to most people. My family will attend 3-4 thanksgiving dinners within the next week. It is pretty much a routine for us, like any holiday, to travel between the different sides of our family for each occasion. When I sit at the dinner table, I pay close attention to who is at the table with me. Maybe next year, we will have new additions to our family, or we may lose someone in that close group. As I have grown up, the faces at the table have changed, but on Thanksgiving I am thankful for everyone that is present at the table.

As you and your family are celebrating Thanksgiving this year, what will you be thankful for?

YOU can do it!


I found this video while searching on the CCBC website, and it really struck home to me. In the short time that I have been attending CCBC I have realized that the student body here comes from all different backgrounds. They may have a ton of money or they may be struggling to get by. Some may have had a bad past and are fighting to make a better future, while others have not faced many struggles at all.

Financially, not every was is gifted with the funds to pay for a college education. Many students have students loans, or use financial aid. A large portion of the student body at CCBC are busy juggling work, going to school and having a family. They know that they have a long road ahead of them but they are fighting until the end.

While I watched this video a few points stuck out to me:

  • You have to be disciplined: When you are a college student you cannot just go out and blow money. Like it was said in the video, you have to know how big your pot of money is, and how to manage it. A Lot of college students do not know the concept of money, or how to manage it. For some, having nice clothes and brand new shoes every week is more important than having textbooks and school supplies.


  • Step outside of your comfort zone: One of the students shown in the video didn’t understand the concept of asking for help, it just wasn’t what he was use to. In my opinion, stepping out of your comfort zone is a benefit to yourself.


  • Do what you have to do:Don’t focus on what you want, focus on what you need. Set your priorities, and focus on them. Make sure your pay your bills, take care of your family, and get your college education before you focus on what you “want”.


  • Get involved: Know that there are many people in the same situation as you on campus. Don’t shelter yourself. Let your presence be known.


  • KNOW THAT YOU CAN GET THROUGH IT: When it comes to school you have to fight until the end. Every moment you slack off is missed opportunities. Any hardships you come across in your journey will be worth it in the long run. All the things you’ve done without while you were in school will not matter anymore. More education = More money.


Whether you are a single parent, struggling to find a job, have a disability, to busy for school or experiencing a rough patch in life know that you can do it. CCBC offers various on campus resources that can help you! Don’t live with regrets, ALWAYS strive to improve yourself. Know that many well recognized individuals came from a rough past and became a success.




CCBC Athletics

When I started attending CCBC last spring I realized that the different athletic teams and events were not very well known on campus. I found that very unusual transferring in from a 4 year school. I have figured out that if you want to know about an athletic event you really have to look online and figure out where and when things are. Personally, I feel like having a stronger athletic presence at each of the three campuses will really bring out CCBC pride and patriotism around our campus.

As the fall sports season is coming to a close, we are starting to see many of the highlights of the season for each team. Most of the accomplishments of each of the athletes go unrecognized if we are uninterested in looking for it. For many of the athletes they compete well on the field and continue to have good grades in the classroom.

Fall 2012 season on the Essex campus:

CCBC ESSEX WOMENS SOCCER: 2012 Region XX Champions, after beating Harford in penalty kicks in the semi final and the College of Southern Maryland in the Regional Final.

CCBC Essex Womens Soccer after beating Harford in Semi Final Game.

CCBC ESSEX MENS SOCCER: 2012 Region XX Champions. Beat Harford in the Region Final

CCBC Essex Mens Soccer after winning Region XX Final Game.

CCBC ESSEX VOLLEYBALL: Overall 13-17 record

CCBC Essex Volleyball Team


CCBC ESSEX CROSS COUNTRY: Mary Gauvin was named the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference student-athlete of the month for September in women’s cross country

CCBC Essex Womens Cross Country