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April 29, 2013

Students praise CCC's impact on education, lives

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Nathaniel Wilbur,

Albany, Iowa

My name is Joshua Daniels. I am currently a senior at Maquoketa High School, taking dual-credit classes through Clinton Community College. I began taking dual-credit classes in my freshman year of high school and have taken at least six credits per year every year. By the end of the spring 2013 term, I will have completed my Associates of Arts degree while still in high school.

Clinton Community College has provided me with opportunities that students years ago did not have. At first, the possibility of taking college-level/credit classes while still in high school seemed farfetched. However, by the time I realized that I could complete two years of college while in high school, the idea became a goal I had to complete. My junior and senior year have been packed full of college classes — sometimes to the point of overloading myself— but it has been worth it.

The staff that I have studied under during my college career has taught me many things that I will treasure through the rest of my college life. Besides the obvious math, reading, and science skills, they have taught me to persevere through even the most stressful times. They have taught me to stand firm behind my goals and passions.

However, the one thing that my professors taught me that will stay with me forever is to continue to have fun while learning. Through their lessons, I have realized that learning and school may not be fun to all, but it can be fun if made that way.

Clinton Community College has allowed me to build the foundation for the rest of my life. After CCC, I plan to attend Iowa State University for biochemistry, beginning as a junior. CCC has allowed me to study with professors and students that, like me, want to advance themselves and each other in life. CCC has allowed me opportunities that many others may not get the chance to receive, and for that, I thank all the staff members who have helped me advance my life.

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