Kimberly Thompson

For many years I had an unrealistic fear of math and computers that locked me into believing I could never attend college.  I was terrified to even try the placement test, but a mentor, Mr. Charles Moore, said, “Face your fears,” and what sound advice that was!

I remember looking for scholarship applications at Western Piedmont Community College the beginning of my first semester and thinking, “Well, forget those, I will never be smart enough to have a 3.5 GPA.” Fast-forward two years, and I am president of WPCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Intern, and graduating with an AAS degree in Human Services with a Concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling.

After graduation, I plan to enroll at Garner Webb University and study Human Services with plans to pursue a MA in Clinical Counseling. I know if I had chosen any college besides Western Piedmont, my outcome would not have been the same. WPCC has empowered me and led me on a path of academic excellence I never thought imaginable in my lifetime.