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Shakeyrah I. Elmore graduated from high school and college at the same time, thanks to the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program. Here, she tells her story in her own words.
I graduated from Whitehall-Yearling High School on May 22. Then, almost 3 weeks later on June 10, I graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associate of Arts degree.
I began taking classes at Columbus State through the PSEO program, which covered my tuition, fees, and books. PSEO is a great opportunity to ease the transition from high school to college by exposing high school students to more advanced academic education. In the beginning I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the small class sizes, the great faculty, the kind students and great services made the transition easy for me.
Though balancing my high school course work and extracurricular activities and my classes at Columbus State was not trouble-free, I’m glad I took on the challenge. I can remember days when I would have to rush from basketball practice to go to the Testing Center to meet a deadline for a test.
Columbus State gave me the opportunity to be involved in activities not offered at my high school. For example we don’t have a mascot that dresses up, and I was excited to meet Clawdette, the school’s mascot. She’s full of school spirit.
Columbus State helped me to mature; it helped me become more self-sufficient, and I’m glad to say I am a Columbus State Community College alumna. I have acquired many lessons that I can use for the rest of my life.
I plan to transfer the credits I earned at Columbus State to the University of Cincinnati to finish a bachelor’s degree there. Columbus State was a great place to start. Now I’m two years ahead of the rest of my class, and that not only makes me proud but also my family, especially my mother who believed in me the whole way through.