- I am a full-time Professor of Geology in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at Virginia Western. I have a PhD in Geology from Virginia Tech and earned a doctorate degree in Geology from Budapest, Hungary.
- I grew up in Budapest, Hungary, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. I am an American citizen, but, in my heart, I have 2 homes: Budapest, Hungary and Roanoke, Virginia.
- Originally, I came to the USA with a scholarship from my government to learn more about geology and life in a foreign country. While I was working in the lab at Virginia Tech, we won a grant with my Hungarian topic which enabled me to stay in Blacksburg for 4 more years. I was working as an Associate Professor at the Technical University in Budapest, and they extended my stay in the USA so that I could obtain an American PhD. While in Blacksburg, my kids were in high school and elementary school. I realized that many young people here did not like science. I felt I had a calling to stay and change this as much as possible.
- When I got my job at Virginia Western Community College, I felt at home. I loved that I can spread the love of science to a lot of people from different age groups. Thus far, I have taught students ranging in age from 16 to 76. I have the chance to teach a lot of hard-working adult students who are curious about learning and pay from their own pockets to get ahead in life. Of course, I also enjoy teaching young people with their fresh mind and natural interest in learning.
- I love teaching and am passionate about my job. I also enjoy traveling and collecting minerals. I adore organizing field studies in geology–trips inside and outside of the USA. I love my two Hungarian Vizslas, and, when possible, I play tennis and ski.
- Growing up in Hungary, we did not have much diversity, but I have learned to love people from different countries/backgrounds since living in the United States. I enjoy learning about different cultures and would encourage others to be curious about diversity and learn more about different cultures as well.
- I am employed at Virginia Western as the Roanoke City CCAP Success Coach.
- I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Virginia at Wise and a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from James Madison University.
- I grew up in Rocky Mount, VA (Franklin County, VA). I went away from the area for a couple of stints. I lived in VA Beach for two years, but the beach was just not for me. I missed these mountains of the Roanoke Valley too much, so I moved back!
- I really enjoy nature and the outdoors. What brings me greatest enjoyment is being out on the James River fishing from my kayak. I also enjoy vegetable and herb gardening in the warmer months, and I have quite the succulent collection!
- I would say my proudest moment was meeting the great Civil Rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis in his office in Washington, D.C. Being a history major and after reading March: Book One, I was inspired to meet John Lewis. After months of correspondence with his office, that day would be made a reality on June 17, 2015 when my mom and I would meet John Lewis in person!
- By far, the people are my favorite part about Virginia Western. From day one, whoever I have spoken with has always been willing to help me. Also, whenever I have needed help assisting a student, the attention to the student’s needs has been exceptional! The people here at Virginia Western are the BEST!
- Diversity to me is embracing the fact that we are all unique in our own way. I feel it is important to understand this uniqueness and share it amongst each other, collaborate, and have conversations about it. I feel it is this diversity that makes our communities, the Roanoke Valley, and even Virginia Western so special. It is each person’s uniqueness that comes together, working together to do great things together!
- I am an alumnus of Virginia Western. I graduated in 2019 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Administrative Management Technology and obtained a Medical Billing Certificate.
- I am also continuing my education at Virginia Western, pursing an additional degree in Human Services.
- I am currently employed full-time at Virginia Western as an Onboarding and Financial Planning Specialist in Student Affairs.
- I was born in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. My mother moved to the Roanoke area when I was young.
- Besides being a mother of 3 teenage boys, my top two interests are dancing and taking care of plants. I love to dance because it brings me joy! I am called the plant lady here on campus because I have a green thumb. I love everything about plants, especially how much joy they bring people.
- My proudest moment was when I graduated from Virginia Western and was picked to deliver the commencement speech. I think I cried all that week, not because I was sad but because I was overjoyed! If you had asked me years ago when I was a teen mom who dropped out of school if I were going to college, I would have laughed! College was not in the front of my mind because I had to take care of a child. I now have an Associate Degree with many certificates and am currently working on my second degree to better understand and assist my students.
- I like that Virginia Western is not just a college; it is a community! The staff and professors go above and beyond to make sure each student has a chance to be successful. I also like the different resources here on campus to assist students. I decided to work at Virginia Western because I want to make a difference in others’ lives.
- As a person who is multiracial, diversity is very important to my family and me. We are a mixture of many races, and we have learned to respect each other and embrace our differences. I teach my children to respect all individuals regardless of race or ethnicity.
- I am the Instructional Designer and Technologist in the department of Online Learning and Instructional Technology at Virginia Western.
- I grew up in Shenyang, China. Shenyang is located in the Northeast of China with a total population of about 9 million.
- After working as an English professor for 3 years at a college in China, I decided to go to America to continue my education. I completed my master’s degree in Educational Technology, and then I was accepted into a doctoral program at Virginia Tech. While there, I met my future husband…so I stayed here after that.
- Reading is my number one interest during my spare time. I also enjoy traveling with my family. Recently, I have started tennis lessons. The lessons were originally for my child, but I decided to join her after seeing her playing and learning. It’s a very fun sport.
- Years ago, my proudest moment was walking across the stage to receive my doctoral degree diploma. But now I will say, my proudest moment is seeing my child and watching her growing, learning, and exploring the world every day.
- I have worked at Virginia Western since 2006. I came to Virginia Western because of several reasons: the friendly and inclusive working atmosphere, the opportunities that I would contribute in the area of faculty development, and the potential that I would be a part of supporting students who are in need to achieve their educational goals.
- Diversity to me is respecting people who are different from me in their personal and professional life. That includes many aspects: age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, educational background, work background, economic class, (dis)abilities, etc. Diversity is also vitally important in the context of education. As we know, a diverse group of learners can be found in just about any course. Recognizing the importance of including students’ individual preferences and experiences in all aspects of learning is the key to providing them with access to an equitable learning experience.
- I am a current student at Virginia Western. My goal is to become a RN.
- I grew up in a little place you have probably never heard of called Hiwassee, Virginia. I now live in Floyd County.
- I am a mother of four kids, so my kids are a huge part of my life. When I’m not doing schoolwork or taking care of kids, I work as a correctional officer. I enjoy talking with and helping others. ln addition, I enjoy the outdoors like hiking or fishing.
- Other college students who have graduated with their degree and who have overcome huge challenges like working or having kids while going to college are a huge inspiration to me.
- I am a first-generation college student and completing my first semester was a proud moment for me. That moment was special because I overcame and balanced a lot to make it happen. God has blessed me and making it through was a major reminder that I can do this. I hope others reading this will know that they can do this too.
- Virginia Western gives off a vibe that everyone wants to see you succeed. I like that faculty are willing to help you if you put in the work.
- Diversity is a beautiful make up of different races, religions, backgrounds and cultures. Diversity is important because that is who we are as Americans. We are each different and bring different characteristics to the table. The differences are refreshing. How boring would it be if we were all the same?
- I am a current student at Virginia Western majoring in Health Science. I plan to finish this fall then transfer to a four-year college. I currently work as a caregiver.
- I was born in Tanzania, which is a country located in the Eastern part of Africa and was raised in Roanoke. My family and I immigrated to Roanoke, Virginia in 2007 for a better life.
- I like watching international movies and shows like K-drama and Indian movies. Another thing I enjoy doing is trying new food from different parts of the world.
- My significant inspiration is my family, because they push me to do my best in everything I do.
- One thing I like about Virginia Western is how it contains staff members that care about their students. Also, how there are many different types of resources like TRIO, for example, that are there to set students on the right path.
- Diversity to me means uniqueness. There are numerous cultural groups, each made up of unique individuals.
- I am the Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at Virginia Western.
- I grew up in Charlottesville, VA and while I am a triple Hokie, I do consider Charlottesville, VA my home.
- I came to Virginia Western because I see a lot of opportunity and potential to change lives for Virginia Western’s community. I also see an opportunity to build upon the pre-existing foundation to increase our diversity acumen. Virginia Western is an exceptional college with a lot of great things happening. I hope that I can be a change maker and help Virginia Western to shine as bright as the Roanoke Star.
- I am inspired to empower individuals to reach their fullest potential/dreams and that motivates and drives my actions each and every day.
- Virginia Western is a college community that feels like one big happy family. Everyone is working towards student success and contributing in their unique ways to that success.
- I have a lot of interests, a keen love for learning, and a deep desire to help others achieve their dreams. I enjoy helping others so I currently mentor students from my previous institution to help them get to graduation, I hope to do something similar at Virginia Western. I coach coach-pitch softball. I am an advocate for diversity; I have a passion for expanding community understanding of neurodiversity, a desire to ensure that education is available to all including those who are incarcerated; abolishment of the death penalty for the state (got that one); I am currently working on a proposal to the Governor requesting consideration for individuals who were convicted of a crime that is now legal to be exonerated, and I am petitioning the Governor to consider wage garnishment for crimes such as driving without a license rather than jail time. Needless to say, I also am civically engaged.
- I am the proud mother of three amazing children, Amelia (9), Rowan (8), and Griffin (8). Yes, I have twins. I enjoy doing arts and crafts, playing, and taking special day trips with them.
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion are an essential part of institutions, businesses, and corporations. A healthy variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures provides us with greater innovation and creativity, a wider perspective, and promotes teamwork.
- I am an Alumnus of Virginia Western. I work as a Care Manager at Jewish Family Services.
- I currently reside in Richmond, VA with my husband and children. I’m really glad I relocated to the Richmond area because there are so many cool attractions such as the beach, Busch Gardens, Water Country and so much more.
- I really enjoy spending time with my family and playing with my puppy, Lincoln. I also love going out to explore new places with my husband. We recently traveled to Charleston, SC for our anniversary and really enjoyed the sightseeing. I also have a passion for advocating for people with disabilities which is why I work for Jewish Family Services. Every day I get to advocate for someone and ensure that they have what they need to be successful. I’m very blessed to work in my position.
- I am extremely proud of my children and the fact that I get to be their mom. I really enjoy getting to spend time with them. I also recently got married in the middle of the pandemic and I am super proud to now be a wife. In addition, I’m very proud of myself for the advocate I have become. I have a son with special needs and I have learned over time how to be an effective advocate for him in the public school system to ensure that he has everything that he needs for his education. I’m really proud of him for making straight A’s this year and using our experiences as a special needs family to help other families.
- I love the people at Virginia Western. During the time that I was a student at Virginia Western, I encountered the most caring and helpful people. The faculty and staff at Virginia Western made my time there so much better.
- As a person who is biracial and is part of a diverse family, diversity is extremely important to me. I want to raise my children to appreciate diversity and cherish those with different cultures. When I was a student in college, I encountered people from various cultures and interacting with them enriched my college experience significantly.
- I am the Social Media and Special Events Coordinator in the Marketing and Strategic Communications Department at Virginia Western. I have a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Film.
- I was born and raised in Roanoke!
- I had graduated college and was looking at what my next direction in life would be. I had explored moving to the West Coast and other random places, but one day I received a call saying I had an interview at Virginia Western. I completed the interview and was offered the opportunity to join the College. Here I am almost a decade later!
- Playing with my pup, Ellie, is my number one hobby! Other than that, traveling with my wife is my favorite thing to do. From weekend trips to random places, to larger trips across the globe, we always have an amazing time that’s full of laughs and minimal stress. Seeing new places, meeting new people, and exploring different cultures and ways of life is extremely important to us, and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
- My wife is such a strong inspiration and influence in my life. She is one of the hardest working individuals I have ever met, in one of the hardest environments a person can work in. I am constantly in awe of her mental fortitude and her drive to always improve and learn. In regard to my proudest moment, it is easily the moment I was able to call her my wife on our Wedding Day. She has brought out the best in me, and I am forever grateful for that.
- VWCC is such a unique place, full of people who strive to provide students with knowledge and life lessons that will help them thrive in the next step of their life path. The people I have met, the stories I have heard, and the friends I have made are something I will take with me forever. Virginia Western is a haven of opportunities, the only requirement is that you seek them out.
- Diversity, to me, has been something that has been extremely important to me, and something that was instilled into me by my mother. Always putting myself in another’s shoes, trying to understand and be empathetic, and seeking out conversations with those who have different opinions, beliefs, heritage, culture, and life experiences are so important to me. Every person is different and unique, and that should be celebrated and valued!
- I am an alumnus of Virginia Western. I graduated in December 2019 with my Associate of Health Sciences degree and in May 2020 with my Associate of Applied Science (RN). I am currently a Registered Nurse at LewisGale Medical Center located in Salem, VA.
- I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. I am Vietnamese and the first generation in my family to graduate with a college degree in the United States. I am also the first generation to pursue a healthcare career.
- I knew my passion was for nursing. Before I found Virginia Western, I was in another nursing program and failed out. I told myself no matter how long it took, I will become a nurse. I then found Virginia Western and was accepted into the RN program for Fall 2018. My ultimate goal is to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
- I enjoy reading books, cooking, baking, playing ps4 games, and doing make-up as my hobbies in my free time.
- My proudest moment was when I passed my NCLEX and was able to call myself a Registered Nurse. The feelings of accomplishment and success after many trials and challenges to finally get to where I wanted to be was worth it.
- I appreciated the nursing faculty working with students with their schedule and being understanding about our situations.
- Diversity makes each individual unique in their own way by their backgrounds, culture, personality, life experiences, values, and beliefs, that makes us as a person. Diversity helps bring new perspectives and new ideas. It is important to have diversity in life, as it can help promote a new learning experience and change.
- I am an alumnus of Virginia Western. I graduated in 2019 with a degree in Nursing and am currently a Registered Nurse.
- I am originally from Ghana, West Africa. I have been in the USA for a little over 18 years. My family, including my husband, mother, and three children moved then. Now, I have four children since my last daughter was born here. We relocated from Randallstown, Maryland to Roanoke, Virginia when my husband got a new job opportunity. Since I was an LPN and always wanted to further my education in nursing, I chose to attend VWCC to accomplish my degree.
- I love spending time and staying at home with my family, going on vacations whenever there is a chance, and visiting families in Maryland. I also enjoy listening to gospel music.
- My proudest moment was walking on that stage on graduation day with an Associate Degree in Nursing and my children watching and cheering for me with them knowing that, if I can do it, then they can achieve greater things.
- I like the nursing program and all the professors. I like the in-class and clinical schedules and how they try to work with you knowing that some students, like me for instance, had to work and attend classes to provide for their family. I always felt comfortable going to any of the professors with issues or concerns I was having, knowing that they would always provide me with good learning resources and studying techniques which helped me succeed in the nursing program.
- Diversity to me means bringing in new ideas and experiences, which give people opportunities to learn from each other’s cultures and beliefs. It also helps bring in different ideas and perspectives, which leads to better problem-solving.
- I am a Course Coordinator in the School of Career and Corporate Training (CCT).
- I was born in DC…grew up in the red dirt of southern Virginia.
- I came to the Roanoke area and Virginia Western to pursue a career in higher education.
- I enjoy spoiling my mini schnauzer, specifically turning a blind eye when he nips the ankles of my friends and family. I love my flower garden! Currently, I’m growing about 40 different varieties, with high hopes to reach 100 by June. Fingers crossed for awesome blooms! Very recently I started volunteering as a remote Career Coach with Dress for Success. If you aren’t volunteering at the moment, try it out. Your skills are needed. Hanging out in my backyard and grilling food with friends is my happy place. A few days ago, I grilled swordfish kebabs…yes I paid too much…no I did not like it.
- I could speak for hours and hours on the many people that have inspired me. Instead, I’d like to share a quote with you I heard in a podcast over the weekend that struck me, “Procrastination is the arrogant assumption that God owes you another chance to do tomorrow, what he gave you the chance to do today.” – O’Neal. Isn’t that powerful? It certainly motivated me to keep going and not give up or in.
- At Virginia Western, I have found a group of peers that are ready to support me win, lose, or draw. Even as we all work diligently to serve the students of our valley, faculty and staff find ways to celebrate our highs and champion our lows. It’s a beautiful thing.
- Diversity, for me, is appreciating the beauty found in humanity. Appreciating diversity steers your world in a way that embraces people of different genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and social backgrounds. It’s important because diversity allows us to welcome new perspectives and knowledge. To all, if no one has welcomed you to Virginia Western…Welcome! I am glad you are here! How can I support your goals?
- I am the Career Services Manager in the Hall Associates Career Center under Virginia Western’s School of Career and Corporate Training.
- I grew up in Staunton, VA, and certainly consider it home.
- A career relocation brought my family to Salem from Scranton, PA, in 2006. Minus the three-year residency in PA, I have spent most of my life in VA. This area has been one of my favorite and is where our 2 children grew up. I was fortunate enough to join the Virginia Western team in 2012.
- My greatest passion and most significant inspiration is my family. My husband and I are recent empty-nesters and still love opportunities to spend time with our son and daughter. Aside from family activities, I must admit that I am a bit of a Scrabble enthusiast. (Believe it or not, there a few cognitive benefits.) Other enjoyable pastimes include reading, cooking, learning new technology, and a touch of binge-worthy tv viewing.
- I love that Virginia Western is a place of opportunities. There are opportunities to connect with people who are different yet the same, to learn something new about yourself and the world, and to change or improve your life’s circumstances.
- Diversity to me is acknowledging and respecting our differences across ethnicity, race, gender identity or preference, age, and religion, without being divided by those differences. It means seeing reflections of ourselves that remind us all that we belong. It’s not color-blindness but an embracing color-awareness and acceptance that validates our very unique triumphs and struggles. I may not have walked in your shoes, but I respect your journey.
- I am a student at Virginia Western in the Registered Nursing Program.
- I am originally from Washington, D.C. However, my entire family lives in Vinton, Va.
- I’ve lived in Roanoke, Virginia for the last 15 years. I have recently discovered all the beauty that Roanoke has to offer such as hiking, strolling the greenway, and attending festivals in downtown.
- The proudest moment of my life thus far is receiving a phone call from Pam Woody offering me a seat in the Registered Nursing Program.
- Virginia Western has given me the opportunity to pursue my dream. As I enter my last semester at Virginia Western Community College, I’ve come to appreciate the smaller courses and all the resources that the institution has provided.
- Diversity means that each individual encountered is made from a different thread, these threads are of different colors, sizes, some are tattered while others are neat. These threads individually are beautiful, but together the pattern is undeniably stunning. Diversity is acknowledging those differences but seeking to understand the value of each individual.
- I am an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Virginia Western. I started here in 2014 part-time and became full-time in 2015.
- I was born in Lynchburg, VA. I have lived in Richmond, VA & Northern Virginia.
- I came to Roanoke because of Virginia Western. A former colleague encouraged me to apply as a part-time Clinical Adjunct and I did. A full-time position came open the following year and I applied and was accepted. For quick mini-vacations, my husband and I would always come to Roanoke because of its close proximity to home, the mountains and trails, and the downtown shops.
- I love to read, write poetry and travel. If I could live at the beach or by water, I would. It is so soothing to me and relaxing.
- I love the people I work with and I love the diversity of students that I have the opportunity to interact with. When I onboard/orient new faculty, I let them know that they have not just entered a team, but they have just become part of a family of professional instructors.
- I am a student at Virginia Western. I started my journey at VWCC when I was 13 years old. In 2022, I will graduate with my associate degree and advanced high school diploma. I plan to transfer to a four-year university for my bachelor’s degree in Biology. I love STEM and I am considering two career paths in the science field: Pediatric sports medicine specialist or Bioinformatics professor with a focus on research.
- I am president of Phi Theta Kappa and VP of Psi Beta at VWCC. I serve as a student ambassador at the college and love assisting new students in their college dreams. I also love music, dance, and theatre.
- I am originally from Roanoke.
- I am Native American and I am proud of my family’s heritage in our nation.
- I love VWCC because of the welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff. VWCC offers incredible opportunities for students with a passion for higher education and students who are eager to enter the workforce. The modern equipment and facilities have positively impacted my learning experience and have raised the bar for my four-year university selection.
- I am a student at Virginia Western working on a transfer plan to Roanoke College where I plan to study Psychology.
- I was born in Roanoke, but my adopted family is from Honduras.
- I left for the Army in 2014 and, in 2018, spent a year in California before returning to the area in Summer 2019.
- I love to read, write, do art, play music (trombone, drums, or violin), play games, volunteer at the Roanoke Diversity Center, and spend time with my family.
- I like Virginia Western because, as a Queer Trans woman, I feel more welcomed and respected here.
- I am a New Student Advisor at Virginia Western and joined the College in January 2012. I also teach SDV 101 (Student Development) as an Adjunct in the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
- I am from Dublin, VA.
- I came to the Roanoke area in 2001.
- I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and fur baby, as well as working out and competing in strongman and powerlifting competitions. I am a huge advocate of using the weight room to enhance not only physical strength, but mental strength as well.
- I love the sense of community that VWCC fosters and building relationships with co-workers and students. I love that, whether you are a student straight out of high school or someone who has been in the workforce for years, the College offers a plethora of opportunities to fit educational and employment needs. There is nothing like supporting students right where they are on their journey and being an advocate for their success.
- I am a student at Virginia Western.
- I am from Nepal. I came to Roanoke, VA in September 2009.
- My interests include playing soccer and helping others.
- My favorite part of being a VWCC student is that there are a lot of activities and opportunities you can choose from. Also, I appreciate the diversity at VWCC.
- I am a student at Virginia Western.
- I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA.
- I love to travel to new places and read books. I’m also into journalism.
- I love that Virginia Western is a great steppingstone for those unsure of their path in life.
- I am a student at Virginia Western.
- I was born in Prince Edward County, Farmville, VA. I moved to Roanoke in June of 2016 from Alexandria, VA.
- Some of my interests are family gatherings, attending church, being kind to others, decorating and learning new things.
- What I like most about Virginia Western is that there are some very helpful faculty/staff and students who make learning in my seasoned years enjoyable.
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- I am a student at Virginia Western.
- I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA.
- I love to spend time with my husband, 3 daughters, and my family. I am very active in my church, where I teach young adult Sunday school, and I am also the Assistant person in our Praise Dance ministry.
- I love Virginia Western because of the different backgrounds that surround the school. It gives me a chance to connect with individuals and learn their culture, as well as mine. I love the age ranges because I get the chance to connect with students who have just graduated High School and adults who have decided to come back to school to pursue a degree. The teachers and staff at Virginia Western are awesome and I couldn’t ask for a better support system to help me reach my goals.
- I am a Campus Police Officer and student at Virginia Western. I joined the Virginia Western Police Department in 2014 after 24 years with the Roanoke City Police Department.
- I was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Covington, VA.
- I moved to Roanoke in 1987.
- I enjoy exercising, weightlifting competitions, personal training, learning/taking college courses, and spending time with family and friends.
- I like being a part of our campus community, building relationships with employees and students with a focus on campus safety.
- I’m a faculty member in Spanish, Communications, and Marketing and serve as the Program Head for Humanities.
- I’m from the Dominican Republic.
- I came to Roanoke in 2011.
- I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing, exercising, and talking (a lot).
- I love helping people to improve their lives through education.
- I’m a student at Virginia Western majoring in Management.
- I’m from Vinton, Virginia.
- I have lived in this area all my life.
- I enjoy watching college basketball and reality T.V.
- What I like best about VWCC is the friendly, welcoming environment and the wonderful interaction between students, faculty, and staff.
- I am a faculty member in the Nursing program.
- I am from Vietnam.
- I came to Roanoke in 2000.
- I like the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and building.
- I enjoy the students and my co-workers. This is my dream job, working with nursing students and a wonderful team of nursing instructors.
Although I was born in Vietnam, I consider myself a second-generation immigrant to the United States. After the Vietnam War, my parents settled in Martinsville, Virginia in 1980. I was 3 years old and my brother only 1 and a half years old. There were many challenges that we faced including: not knowing the language, not knowing the culture, and starting completely over as a family in a strange place. I could only imagine the culture shock that my parents went through. As you may guess, there is not a large population of Asian people in Martinsville. Although a sense of belonging and fellowship were difficult to come by most of the time, our family persevered. We were thankful for many volunteers from church and good-hearted people that helped us to assimilate to our new culture. Once I went to college, I started to notice that there were other people who may have gone through similar situations as myself. It was then that I realized how important a sense of belonging and fellowship was to the assimilation process. I then remembered something my Dad told me, “There is good and bad in all cultures, we are a part of two cultures. Take the good from each culture and make the best out of your situation.” I find myself living by those words. He and my mom did come from absolutely nothing and put four kids through college as first-generation immigrants. When I look at the student body at Virginia Western, I see an opportunity for instructors and students to learn from each other’s cultures. We at Virginia Western can “take the good” from our cultures and make the best out of whatever comes our way!
- I’m a student at Virginia Western pursuing an Associate’s degree in Science. I plan to focus future studies in Psychology.
- I’m from West Palm Beach, Florida.
- I moved to Franklin County in 2002.
- I enjoy learning and am interested in human development and behavior. I like to watch Netflix originals like Big Mouth, Bojack Horseman, and Mindhunter. I also enjoy spending time with my family.
- I like the programs at Virginia Western that are made to help students get through college like TRiO and the food pantry!
- I’m a student at Virginia Western majoring in Human Services.
- I’m from Tanzania.
- I came to Roanoke in 2007.
- I enjoy binge watching, singing in the choir, and spending time with family.
- I like that the teachers at Virginia Western are welcoming and that we have a diverse campus community.