Mackenzie Ammann

Throughout my journey to discover both myself and the opportunities that await after graduating from Surry Early College, I have found veracity in the words of Sidney Harris: “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” Essentially, Harris emphasized that mirrors are for reflection while windows are for gaining perspective.  Although it has been beneficial to reflect on who I was when I began my journey at Surry, I no longer feel the need to do so.  While working with professors at the college, I have learned that success often does not come solely from within, but from working earnestly with others.  My involvement in organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Leadership and Success has certainly encouraged me to leave the comfort of familiarity.  Additionally, tutoring chemistry at the institution has given me a greater sense of responsibility when it comes to the successes of others.  At this point in my educational career, I prefer to look for opportunities outside of what is expected.  Even more, I know it is time to step outside the confines of the windows at Surry and explore what is over the horizon as a transfer student.