Victoria Stafford was homeschooled her whole life, so when it was time to consider going to college, she searched for a quality educational experience where her personality and opinions could “roam free.” Fortunately for her, that’s just what she found at SCC.
“My family and I really enjoy the atmosphere at SCC,” Victoria said. “I can tell the students here want to learn and that helps motivate me.” Victoria knew she wanted to attend a community college before transferring to a four-year university. After looking at several area community colleges, she was able to make the right choice for her.
“Everyone at SCC is here to learn,” she said. “At other schools, it seems like students are treated like they are in high school because they act like they’re still in high school, but that’s not the case at SCC.” Victoria said her professors really worked with her and have provided tips on time management so her homework and other assignments were completed in a timely fashion.
“What I like most about SCC is the people,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of friends at SCC.” Victoria started classes at SCC in fall 2009 with an interest in music education, but she also liked working with kids.
Now, a year after completing her first year of college, Victoria has a new plan: go to SCC for two years to get her general education classes out of the way, take some music classes, and then transfer to Lindenwood University to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work. Even a master’s degree, Victoria said, is not out of the question.
Most importantly, she now sees all the possibilities in front of her and how an education can turn those passions into a career. “My ambition in life is to make a difference in young people’s lives, whether it’s through music, education, social work, or a combination of all three,” Victoria said. “And I think SCC will help me reach my goal.”