My name is Cory Reuter, and I will be graduating in the spring of 2013 with my Associates Degree in Science from Clinton Community College.
After finishing my degree, I plan to attend the University of Iowa to extend my education in the field of Mechanical Engineering. I am a non-traditional student, and have many people to thank for this accomplishment.
My family, friends and the faculty and staff of Clinton Community College have been a big support and asset to me. I came back to college while battling a major injury to my spinal column that had me incapacitated for over two years. I was determined to get back on my feet and become independent once again.
When my injury first occurred, I was told by many doctors that it was not likely that I would make a full recovery. I was told that my pain and lack of mobility were not likely to improve and I could be disabled by these limitations. This was not acceptable to me. I see too many people give up in this world and I did not want to become that type of person.
I decided to work on my physical abilities while I was going to school to work on my education. The pain was beyond excruciating and I was not even sure I could recover. As time went on, I was able to move a little more every day. My recovery, due to the increase in therapy, started to become exponential and now I am physically better than I could have ever imagined.
With the persistence and help of others, I was able to strengthen my body and mind more than I ever imagined possible. The staff and faculty of Clinton Community College have helped me the entire way.
Their welcoming attitudes made me feel comfortable from the beginning. Their knowledge in the classroom helped me readjust to my new status of being a student. Their patience and understanding of all of the processes from financial aid, to filling out transfer applications to the University of Iowa and filling out scholarship applications helped me get my full tuition paid at the University of Iowa.
I want to say a special thank you to the generous donors who fund CCC students through the Paul B. Sharar Foundation scholarships.
I believe that people should always work toward being independent, and always be there for others as long as they are willing to help themselves. Life is not an entitlement, but a gift for us to enjoy and prosper for ourselves and the families in our communities. Stating this, I would once again like to thank my family, friends and Clinton Community College for giving me a chance to renew my life by being independent and be able to help others that would like to help themselves.
Cory Reuter, of Preston, is a student at Clinton Community College.