Michael Joyner

I came to Roanoke-Chowan Community College in 2011, and my time here has been amazing; I've learned much and have met some amazing people. However, my road to success hasn't been easy. In 1999, I was involved in a horrible house fire that caused first through third degree burns over 85% of my body. My survival was questionable, and I slipped into a coma shortly after arriving at the burn unit at Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia; shortly thereafter, I was sent to the Shriners Hospital in Ohio.

Upon awaking from my coma, I had a hard road to recovery. I had to learn to talk, walk, eat, etc. I've been in and out of hospitals for 10 years, and I've had over 50 surgeries. My hands are badly scarred, and it has been difficult for me to adapt to learning. At times, I stay when class is over to ask questions. When my classes end for the day, I teach myself as much as I can. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA since starting college. I just received my career readiness certificate and will be getting certificates in numerous Adobe programs before I graduate in May.