Rachel Yvette Mercantini

I began classes at Isothermal Community College after being out of school for over 10 years. I knew I wanted to continue my education, but was unsure at the time if I could do it while raising a young child. After careful consideration and discussion, I decided to leave my job where I had worked for twelve years to pursue my college degree. My now three-year old daughter is the motivation that I needed to achieve this goal. I want to serve as an example for her as well as help to provide a better future for our family.

Attending Isothermal Community College has been the best decision I could have made. Before applying at ICC I was feeling broken, but now I have the confidence to conquer anything. The instructors, staff, and administration at ICC are dedicated to educating and supporting the students.

I have maintained a 4.0 GPA since beginning at ICC while being involved in and achieving the following:

  • President of Phi Beta Lambda 2015-2016
  • Member of National Technical Honor Society (former secretary/treasurer)
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Member of the Ivy Cowan Leadership Institute (partnership of ICC and Gardner-Webb University)
  • Mentor in the Peer2Peer Mentorship Program
  • Member of the SACSCOC student focus group
  • Placed 3rd at the PBL State conference
  • Received the 2014 Business Sciences Outstanding student award
  • Dean’s list all full-time semesters attended
  • Student Services work-study

None of this would have been possible without the support I have received from my family. My husband, parents, and in-laws have not only supported me, they have also encouraged me when I didn’t think I could handle any more. Not, only have I received support from my family, but my instructors have provided endless encouragement and opportunities to succeed.