What does it mean when you first walk through the doors of Cape Fear Community College, for your first day of class? No, it does not mean you aren’t “smart enough” to go to a four year university, or that you don’t “care about school”, and definitely doesn’t mean that you will never amount to anything.
Before attending Cape Fear I had already made up in my mind of what I thought community college was like. I was embarrassed and even ashamed to say I went to Cape Fear. Now, that has all changed. Now, I don’t ever want to leave, I love my school to death, and I proudly carry the name of Cape Fear Community College wherever I go. I am a Sea Devil!
Now starting my second year at Cape Fear, I take a look back at my first year and see all the wonderful things Cape Fear has done for me and how it has impacted others peoples lives as well. For many, Cape Fear is a second chance, a fresh start, and a place to make a new name for yourself. That is what Cape Fear did for me. Every single employee at Cape Fear has a genuine love for helping people and making sure they are on the right path to succeed. You immediately feel like you are apart of the Sea Devil family with how the faculty looks out for students and how they are willing to sacrifice time, effort, and resources just to help better someone. In all of my years of schooling I have never had any teachers care as much, work as hard, or push the students to be their best selves, as the teachers here at CFCC do.
Coming out of high school, I did not have the opportunities that I do now. I owe a large sum of my success to Cape Fear. I am able to get involved, focus on my studies, and succeed largely due to the efforts of the school. At Cape Fear they see don’t look at you as a student but as a person and will go to the ends to make you a successful student. Now sitting in my third semester, I am on the president’s list (4.0 GPA), Student Government Association President, an ambassador to the college, in Phi Theta Kappa, and am still involved in other ways. The only way I could be able to do all of this is Cape Fear. Not only because they offer these programs but they offer the support to make it manageable to complete all of your tasks. At a four year university, one student would not be able to be as involved as I am and I am truly thankful for CFCC providing me the opportunity because the best self I can be.
So, what does it mean to be a Sea Devil? It means that you are a hardworking individual that is trying to better yourself by receiving a top notch education while still paying low amounts. It means you are not defined by where you start but where you end up, and Cape Fear is always instilling knowledge and intrinsic values into our lives. Lastly, CFCC students do not get complacent or comfortable. We will always be trying to better ourselves and make the best out of any situation. I would not be where I am today without Cape Fear Community College and I will forever be indebted to this wonderful institution.