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I am AACC: Richard Russ, Student

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Black Student Union President

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16. Why would you encourage someone to go to AACC?
“I would encourage someone if he or she doesn’t have a clear direction because there are so many different paths that you can take. AACC will help you find the right path for you. The relationships that you build become personal, like an aunt or uncle, when it comes to certain situations. Everyone cares about getting you to where you need to be. I hate to sound clichéd, but everyone says at bigger schools you’re just a number; here, you’re more than that. Everyone is so willing to work with you to make sure you’re successful. I would recommend this school to anyone.”

17. Who do you work for now at the college?
“I work 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Terry Clay as an administrative assistant. I help organize the student orientations and make sure all the students get everything they need.”

18. What’s next after AACC?
“I’m graduating in the spring of 2009, hopefully. After that I plan on going to Drexel University or Morehouse in Atlanta—those are big broadcasting areas.”

19. Who are some of your role models?
“My mother who has endured a lot in her lifetime. For awhile she wasn’t able to work, we almost lost our home, and she was going through a divorce. Despite all of that, she started a bail bonds business that’s really profitable now, so I admire her for not giving up and throwing it all away.
“My other role model is my great-grandmother because she’s the only woman I know who at 77 still cuts her own grass. She's always willing to help or give her last so someone else can have it.”

20. What AACC faculty or staff members have had a positive impact on you?
“Alva Green, who doesn’t work here anymore, made sure that if there was anything wrong she would call people and make sure I stayed in school. She always told me I had potential and thought I was gifted enough to explore my talents. She encouraged me to stay in school and she pushed me a lot.
“I think everyone in the SASP office and Student Development and Success has made me feel really welcome. Every time I walk past Student Life I’m always talking to them; in the TLC I’m talking to Kendall or the TLC staff; and even in the cafeteria I’m always talking to Miss Evelyn. It’s so personal; I think everyone makes it a great place.”kr

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