Tina Carroll returned to college at MCC after being out of school for nearly 20 years. She now works as a Veteran Technician at Scottsdale Community College, assisting returning veterans much like herself.
Here’s what she had to say about her experience:
1) What was your experience at MCC like?
My experience at MCC was wonderful! The interaction I had with the staff and the instructors was pleasant and welcoming.
2) Why did you choose MCC?
I chose MCC for a couple of reasons. One reason was due to the school’s close proximity to my home. Another, more important, reason was the compliments the school was getting from people that I talked to around my neighborhood.
3) How did the help from the Veterans Services Office at MCC assist you in reaching your career goals?
When I first decided to go back to school I felt a little like I was just going through the motions. I was not sure who to talk to or even what I was expecting to get out of it. The help I received from the Veterans Office was the link that I needed to start my journey toward getting my bachelor’s degree. The people in the Veterans Office at MCC made me feel like I was part of a bigger family and I no longer felt like I was doing this on my own.
4) How was your transition into college life?
When I started at MCC, I had been out of school for almost 20 years, so I was a little worried about trying to fit in. The Veterans Office offered me support; they talked with me about free tutoring as well as gave me information about becoming a Veteran work-study student in their office.
5) Do you have any advice for veterans considering college at MCC?
My advice to those who are thinking about attending MCC is to jump in with both feet. The people who work in the Veterans Office will not allow you to sink. They are there to offer support and guidance as well as provide a place to meet up with other student Veterans. I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for the Veterans Department at MCC, I would not have had the confidence to pursue and reach my educational goals.
This alumni profile first appeared in the Fall 2013 edition of Alumni & Friends, a publication for the Mesa Community College Alumni Association. http://mesacc.edu/alumni/newsletters/fall-2013/veteran-tina-carroll-shares-her-re-entry-experience