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SCC Alumna Praises the College and Heads to Yale

Sandhills Community College Alumna Jessica Archibald has big plans for the summer. She’ll be traveling to Connecticut for an internship at Yale University to study and research social cognition in children and canines.

Currently enrolled at NC State University, Jessica graduated from Sandhills in December of 2017. “I am a non-traditional student,” she said. “I graduated high school in 2008 and pursued higher education off and on since then. I am grateful to Sandhills for having been there as an affordable, accessible option while I explored paths and gained the confidence to pursue my dreams.”

One of Jessica’s favorite classes at Sandhills was Cathy Kruska’s Public Speaking class. “Ms. K’s public speaking class was the absolute highlight of my experience at Sandhills! I am not naturally someone who is comfortable speaking in front of people; however, through completing Ms. K’s class, I have found an immense amount of confidence. This confidence applies to both speaking to groups but also has become a part of many other aspects of my life. Having tackled, and successfully completed, something that was once literally one of my greatest fears, made me feel strong and empowered to tackle other things in my life. This has extended to my time at NC State, where I’ve used this confidence to pursue other opportunities.”

As an instructor, “Ms. K cares about her students, not just their academic growth, but their growth as individuals. She understands the impact one person can have on another and takes the job of cultivating successful people to heart. Her teaching style allowed me to become the best version of myself and continue on to complete many exciting things. I am extremely grateful to have had her as an influence in not only my educational career but also in my own personal growth.”

Jessica’s already carving out a name for herself at NC State. She has joined Professor Shevaun Neupert’s “Daily Well Being in Adulthood Lab” psychology research lab, and through her work there completed a research poster which she presented at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. Jessica is turning her findings from this research into a journal article with the goal of being published.

Jessica’s advice to current SCC students, “Keep going.” And she is following her own words of wisdom by working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with hopes to continue on to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology and ultimately become a psychology professor.

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