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What's Your Story: Victoria College helped student choose right path

By BY ASHLEY MOZISEK
May 25, 2013 at 12:25 a.m.

Ashley Mozisek

The Victoria Advocate will be publishing student essays from the Victoria College "What's Your Story?" scholarship competition during the next few weeks. Students were asked to write an essay answering the question, "How has Victoria College changed your life?" Winners of the contest, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship funded by the Victoria College Foundation, will have their essays published last. We welcome letters and columns from all students.

What is my story? The question had been nagging at my mind for some time before I finally "bit the bullet" and told myself to submit this application. I told myself, "Ashley, you know you're a great writer, and you could really use the money." So here I am.

I debated creating some sort of elaborate telling of my high school years and my first semester at Victoria College in an attempt to make my horrifically boring life seem somewhat more interesting. But, I knew you wanted honesty, so here's the truth: Victoria College has changed my life for the better. Throughout my time here, I've gone to classes, met new friends and even switched my major.

Victoria College has taught me so many valuable things, even after just a few months of attending classes. I have only taken foundational classes so far, but they have been extremely helpful in gaining new study skills and learning habits. I've yet to get a "bad" professor, but somehow I don't think I will. I know that VC is a quality establishment of learning, and that is one of the reasons I chose to go here. My classes so far have shown me that I am capable of going to college, even if I don't always feel so sure about it. Some days I'll get a not-so-great grade on an exam or wake up wondering why I'm even bothering to go to college when all I want is to become a writer, but I've learned to press through those feelings. Victoria College has taught me to pursue my dreams of being a writer, and I plan to get my associate degree here.

During my time at Victoria College, I have also made and maintained friendships. With Victoria being the small town that it is, I knew that some of the classmates I graduated with would most likely be in some of my classes at VC, but I didn't know just how comforting that would be. I love the fact that Victoria College is such a close-knit school and that the students get along so well. When I arrived at VC for my first day of English 1301, I was thrilled to see familiar faces staring back at me in the classroom. It made me feel safe and just a little less nervous. Victoria College has changed my life because it allows me (and my friends) to have a sense of familiarity and friendliness. We don't feel like we're growing up too fast this way. I've also met new friends here at VC, and they have all been such nice and loving people. It makes me happy to go to my classes and see them every day. I've come to find that being at VC is life-changing in this way.

About halfway through my first semester at Victoria College, I was hired as a computer lab attendant in one of the Health Science Center computer labs. Every day at work, I come across tons of nursing students and I hear their discussions about class and work and their daily lives. Up until recently, I was fully prepared to be one of them I had started to take basic classes geared toward the ADN program, and I was excited to be a nurse someday. But somewhere along the line, that changed. I started reading more, writing more and soon found myself aching to be a writer. Victoria College has changed my life because it has shown me exactly what I didn't want to be: a nursing student. Crazy how things work out, right?

I've since changed my major and am now in my second semester at Victoria College, working toward my English degree. I plan to get my associate degree in a year or so and will transfer to UHV once I have completed that. I'm so thankful to Victoria College for showing me the path I want to take toward my future, for allowing me to meet new people and for giving me new and valuable skills in my classes. Thanks for changing my life, VC.

Ashley Mozisek lives in Victoria and is a graduate of Victoria East High School. She wants to become a writer and hopes to publish a novel or teach English.

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