Jessica Cooper

Since I was seven, I wanted to attend college. Growing up in a family of nine children gave me a strong desire to set a positive example. Due to financial constraints, it seemed less feasible I could attend college. During my sophomore year of high school, my hope was restored by learning about Central Carolina Community College. I continued working hard and took college and AP classes to ensure my success.

At CCCC, I dedicated my time to helping the college that enabled me to fulfill my dream. I was honored to be an ambassador for CCCC and president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I became a tutor to help those students struggling in school. I had the opportunity to be in a new program, in which I was accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill. I signed up for and aided in the restructuring of the CCCC’s women’s basketball program. I fulfilled all these additional responsibilities while maintaining a 3.88 GPA.

My experiences at Central Carolina helped me gain knowledge and self-confidence. I am graduating with my degree and the realization that the more I put into college, the more I am able to help others attain their goals. In this way, the system of education and my own educational goals are mutually supported and the benefits well worth the effort.