When Charlie Albers was in high school, he wasn’t involved and he didn't get good grades, so he didn’t have high hopes for college. But that changed after he came to SCC.
“I got a 4.0 my first semester at SCC,” Charlie said. “And that’s when I realized my potential and decided to change for the better.”
Charlie decided to enroll at SCC at the last minute because he didn’t know what he wanted to do or where he wanted to go, and he didn’t have any scholarships. “I decided to stay home, and it was the best decision I ever made,” he said.
All of his friends went away to school, so Charlie decided to get involved to make new friends. The first organization that peaked his interest was Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) after he received a letter inviting him to join.
“My dad actually thought it was a scam at first,” he said. “But I wanted to look into it, and when I did, I saw potential.”
Charlie eventually became president of PTK, and it gave him the opportunity to meet and work with people all over the SCC campus.
“I had a whole family waiting for me at SCC that I didn’t even know existed,” he said. “I never thought I would have gotten to know the faculty and staff as well as I did.”
In addition to being the PTK president, Charlie was the treasurer for Student Senate, member of Phi Beta Lambda and he was on the Student Selection Committee for the next SCC president. He was the recipient of many awards, including being named to the All-Missouri Academic Team.
Student organizations weren’t the only aspects of SCC that Charlie loved. “SCC has the best math department in the St. Louis area,” he said. “I had friends who took math classes at other colleges to avoid taking them at SCC, but I loved the challenge.”
Following Charlie’s graduation from SCC in May 2011, he took a semester off to work for a small real estate firm in St. Louis and to figure out his educational focus.
He is now back in school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying computer science. “I think computer science will enable me to work with a plethora of awesome people in virtually any field,” he said.
Charlie remains thankful for his time at SCC. “It felt like home to me; I definitely miss it,” he said.