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RCC grad uses guarantee to attend W&M

“Rappahannock Community College was a valuable experience for me because I was able to meet students of all ages and enjoy a flexible class schedule,” says Fall 2011 graduate Jaylee Strawman of Gloucester County.

RCC’s Guaranteed Admission Agreement with the College of William and Mary—coupled with her excellent grades—then allowed Strawman to “gain access to a highly selective institution with very little stress. The GAA also helped me plan for my transfer to a four-year institution by choosing classes at RCC that would fulfill general education requirements at William and Mary—one of the best schools around,” she affirms. In transferring, Strawman found that “It’s a huge adjustment, not just in academics, but in the culture of the school. But William and Mary’s prestige, and its ‘Gateway’ program, made it the best choice for me.” Her advice to current RCC students is to “talk to the counseling department, and research how classes transfer to other institutions.”

Winner of the $3000 Commonwealth Legacy scholarship for the academic year of 2010-11, Strawman took advantage of RCC’s online offerings for most of her classes, but also participated actively in college life. She formed a creative writing club, served on RCC’s Student Affairs Committee, and was selected to attend the November 2010 Virginia Community College System Student Leadership Conference. “I chose RCC,” she says, “because I was not sure which four-year university I wanted to attend.” Starting at RCC made it possible to defer this decision, and also let her keep her job at a local bookstore, and continue to live at home. “I felt that dorm life was not for me,” she says. In addition, “RCC gave me opportunities to work and to serve others in an academic setting through the Supplemental Instructor program.”

4 Responses to “RCC grad uses guarantee to attend W&M”

  1. Je'Marc Morton says:

    Congradulation on your acheievements and God Bless You on your quest for success.

  2. James Sink says:

    Your story is very inspiring to me! I just attend a tour of William & Mary through SSS and I fell in love with the place.I’m also from Gloucester.I came to RCC for an AAS tranferble degree.Initialy,I just wanted the ITE course that came with the program,but now I’m seriously thinking about the transfer.

  3. ann marie wilson says:

    I am so proud of all your accomplishments! You personally helped me make it through math.

  4. Rebecca Miller says:

    Jaylee, I am so proud of you. You are a wonderful inspiration to many people. Keep up the good work!

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