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I am AACC: Kimberly Stith, Student continued

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At this point in her education, she feels more than prepared to pursue photography at a university. Her top choices are to complete her undergraduate degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York or to UMBC.

 “The classes here at AACC have definitely prepared me well,” she says. “There’s so much to learn and so much information. You’ve got to get yourself to the point where you’re not constantly going back and thinking about it— you’ve got to know it. So the fact there are only four classes where you’re using the camera and shooting, it’s really not enough.” She expresses the need for more photography classes—specifically two color classes instead of one, a credit digital photography class and a photojournalism class. 

At 29, Kimberly aims to graduate next spring but maintains a realistic view that her busy schedule and personal life have been known to push back her projected plans. And if that happens, it’s okay. In the meantime, she finds enjoyment in honing her photography skills, learning from her professors, and spending time with her close friends she’s made on campus.

“I’ve met some of the most amazing people through here—professors, students, employees…at first I really didn’t know what I wanted and who I was. I kind of learned that here. The academics are great but the thing I’ve learned the most from anything and what I’ll take away from is that I figured out who I was and what I wanted and met some amazing people who are going to be in my life—hopefully forever—and I got a good education on top of it.” kr

Want to contact Kimberly? E-mail her at kcstith@aacc.edu.

 [Kim on…]

 Why attend AACC?
“No matter what four-year school you go to, the first two years you’re taking the basic core classes. Especially in Maryland it’s all the same. You come here and pay half of what you would if you went to a four year it also gives you more of a chance to figure out what you want to do without spending a lot of money.”

Campus Life 
"I think that’s part of the college experience. You want to go fulltime but you don’t want to overload yourself where you miss out on all the other stuff that’s going on. If all you’re doing is taking classes then you have no other time for anything else except studying, and then how are you going to apply anything that you’re learning in these classes? It’s a total experience it’s not just classes."

Academics 
“I’ve never been to a four year school so I can’t say what that experience is like, but I know people who have gone to four years schools and messed up and came here and they like it better because the classes are smaller. If you’re not sure if you’re ready to go to a four-year or what you want to do, it just makes more sense to come to this school. The academics are really good. I just wish they had more photography classes.”

Professors
“The professors here really care and you have to find the professor that teaches to your learning style. I’ve been really lucky with the professors I’ve had who care about their students, who stay after, who change things to make sure you get it. If you have the initiative and desire to learn you should come here. No matter what age or background, if you want to improve yourself and want an education it’s right here. You don’t have to worry about, ‘Are my SATs high enough?’ You’re accepted.”

Interests
“I like reading, dancing and shopping… although I’m always torn between buying a cute top or buying new camera equipment. I don’t know what to do!”

Photography on the side?
“I had an experience that soured my idea of wedding photography. It was my cousin’s wedding and I shot 15 rolls of black and white and 15 rolls of color. I processed them myself and I spent a year and a half beating myself in the darkroom making sure they were perfect. And now they’re getting divorced. So I’m a little wary of doing another wedding but I wouldn’t mind doing it again.”

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