Experiencing college from different perspectives
When Angelina was in high school, she took advantage of the opportunity to earn college credits early through a collaboration between Laurel High School and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). She enjoyed being on the college campus; she just wished there was a way to get there without spending so much time in her car. Accounting for traffic, sometimes her commute to school was 50 minutes. Once Angelina graduated from high school and was attending PGCC, she learned of another, more convenient option.
“I needed to take Interpersonal Communication, Biology, and Pre-Calculus, and all three were offered on the Laurel College Center campus, which is about a 10-minute drive from home,” recalls Angelina. “I didn’t think twice about registering to take them there. I could get the credits I needed, and save a lot of time and gas money.”
The Laurel College Center (LCC) is a regional higher education center founded by PGCC and Howard Community College (HCC). A number of courses offered on both campuses are also available at LCC, giving students more flexibility when it comes to building out a schedule that will work each semester. For Angelina, LCC also provided an answer when she looked to gain practical, hands-on work experience. She began volunteering in the LCC business office two years ago, with an initial goal to fulfill a service-learning requirement; part of her course of study as she pursues an associate degree in psychology. She enjoyed the experience so much that she accepted an offer to stay on board, working part time to plan and manage campus events and help out around the office, during the spring 2019 semester.
“Being a student as well as an employee, I have been able to see things from a different perspective,” said Angelina, who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in neuroscience. “There are many challenges involved with managing a busy college campus, but there are also many rewards. Being able to see and be part of the big picture has taught me a lot, and I’ve had a lot of fun too.”