Emily Edmonds – Wytheville Community College
My name is Emily Edmonds and I am from Rural Retreat. I am currently an honor student at Wytheville Community College (WCC). I got the chance to meet with a few of Virginia’s delegates on Monday the 28th to share why community colleges mattered to me.
To be quite honest I doubt I would have been able to attend college at this time without WCC because I skipped a grade and therefore was at the same grade level as my older sister. It would have been extremely difficult on my family to put two people through college at once.
I am happy to say thanks to the Wythe-Bland scholarship and Wytheville Community College both my sister and I will be graduating this May without any student loans to linger over our heads for the next few years.
In addition to the financial peace-of-mind community college has allowed me to have, I also feel that WCC has prepared me for the world and my future education in the best way.
I was home-schooled all my life and therefore not oriented to big classes or even getting around a campus, luckily for me though, WCC proved to be the perfect atmosphere for me to learn. I could easily see myself getting lost in the shuffle and being discouraged at a university when I wasn’t used to learning in a group environment. Now however, I feel ready to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution knowing that what I learned at WCC will stay with me and continue to guide me wherever I go.