She credits her mother as being the driving force in her life when she had no one else to turn to. “My mother was there to coach me through everything,” she says. “She’s been there for every surgery and every time I’ve fallen. She was there to remind me just how far I’ve come and to take it one day at a time.”
It wasn’t until her divorce when she realized the true value of her education. “I realized I couldn’t go anywhere without a college degree of some sort,” she says. “The idea of not being able to support myself pushed me to go to school so I could stand on my own two feet.”
She set her sights on psychology after doing a bit of research. She then promptly enrolled in the spring of 2006. “The mind definitely intrigues me,” she says. And although her divorce serves as one of the most crippling emotional circumstances in her life, she still maintains a positive outlook. “Because of my divorce and the things I’ve learned, it’s helped me find out I want to help people who are on the verge of divorce, to regain the love they once held.”
Christina plans to transfer to Frostburg State University in the fall of 2008 as a psychology major and hopes to further her education concentrating on couples and sex therapy. “I definitely know the value of being able to communicate with your spouse or significant other and I want to help them figure out how to do that in their darkest hour,” she says. “I’m taking human sexuality right now and it opened my eyes to the fact that we don’t know how to have sex and that’s a major problem within relationships.”
She is already expecting to be heavily involved in various groups on the Frostburg campus if not more than her involvement now at AACC. Currently she boasts quite an extracurricular resume: she is a student liaison for Center for Adult Learners, member of honor societies Psi Beta and Phi Theta Kappa, president of the Psychology Club, secretary of the History Club, member of Students Organized for Disability Awareness and Campus Activities Board, and is a student ambassador.
Although Christina is excited to transfer, she admits AACC will be greatly missed.
"Everyone is so welcoming,” she says. “I love the teachers, I love the staff; I haven’t had a bad experience yet. The school has exceeded my expectations and I’m hoping that once I get my masters and I can actually work, I can teach here and give back to the school what it has so generously given to me.” kr
Christina’s daily personal goal: To meet someone new everyday.
Influences: “Chris Storck was the first person I actually talked to [at AACC] who welcomed me with open arms. I have to also say my math teacher Professor Robbins who made that first term on campus so fulfilling. We’d talk after class and she made me feel like I could go beyond my expectations.”
Likes: Reading, kayaking, Friday night karaoke, spending time with family and best friend Brenda
Class she wants to take: “Knowledge and utopia. It seems like a very intellectually stimulating class.”
Life outlook: “I want to prove to myself that I can do something and be something and prove to those who ever doubted that I can do this. I can work. I can sustain a very good living. I come from a lot of emotional problems—being physically disabled and drug abuse. I can still have a life and that whole thought process keeps pushing me further and further.”
Want to contact Christina? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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