Georgean joined College Possible in high school because she knew she wanted to go to college, but didn’t know much about the application process. Even though her older sisters had gone to college, she didn’t want to bombard them with questions. College Possible was exactly what she needed.
During high school, Georgean loved spending time with her classmates and friends in afterschool College Possible sessions and learning about the college process from their coach, Evelina. With Evelina’s guidance, Georgean raised her ACT score and attended a summer writing program at the University of St. Thomas.
“[Evelina] was the best. She just helped us with everything and we could always come to talk to her,” said Georgean of her coach.
During her senior year, Georgean learned about Dougherty Family College, a new two-year program at St. Thomas. She was interested in the program because of the school’s commitment to making college affordable and focus on helping students transfer to bachelor’s degree-granting schools.
“[Dougherty Family College] really tries to eliminate some of those factors that would be hindering your success,” said Georgean. “They try to give you the best experience possible before you actually go to a four-year [school].”
Georgean’s first year at Dougherty Family College started well. She loved getting to know the other students in her cohort, found the campus welcoming and enjoyed her classes. But when COVID-19 hit during her second semester, the transition to online learning was challenging.
“It was definitely a big change,” said Georgean. “Our whole model is based on us being there — being present and able to collaborate with students and faculty.”
During this transition, Georgean appreciated the guidance she received from her College Possible coach, Megan. “She was really supportive and [was] always sending us resources.”
Georgean is starting her second year of college this fall. She says she’s a bit nervous about how the school year will go, but she’s excited to get back to work.
“I’m ready to focus on my studies,” she said. “All classes are going to be online except for ones that have a lab… I’ll only be going to campus a few times this year.”
Thinking about the rest of the year, Georgean has a simple message for how we can help students succeed during the pandemic.
“Keep believing in us, giving us resources and hoping we graduate!”