Montrell Cruse

When I arrived at Roanoke-Chowan Community College in 2008, I was an introvert. As I began to socialize with the staff and faculty at the College, I started to become more of a social butterfly. I reached a level of maturity and eventually overcame my fear of socializing with individuals that are at a higher social status. I have always been a good student and cared about my studies. I guess that the personal difficulties that my father had to overcome in his life in order to become a successful businessman inspired me to meet the challenges before me. I also credit my mom for inspiring me and helping me to mature and become responsible, doing all of this as a single parent.

Being a student enrolled in both high school and college has been a challenge. I am proud to say that I have managed to do well at both. It was not an easy accomplishment and there were some bumps along the way. One of the most valuable lessons that I have learned has been how to study as a college student. I am proud to say that in May, I will be graduating from the Hertford County/Roanoke-Chowan Community College Early College High School with my high school diploma and an Associate of Arts Degree from the College. I am even more proud to say that I have completed this five year Early College program in four years while maintaining a GPA of 3.35. Last summer I did a college course through UNC-Chapel Hill which I transferred into R-CCC. My plans are to go to either, UNC-Chapel, North Carolina State or East Carolina University. I have already been accepted to ECU.