Welcome Our New Team Member

Anita McGill- Student Life Coordinator for the Harper Campus

I would like to invite you all to join me in welcoming our new Student Life Coordinator at Harper Campus, Anita McGill. Anita, a mother of three children, was an employee of Mitchell Community College for four years before moving to CPCC. In her first three years at Mitchell CC, she was an employee of Student Activities and in her last year she served in Disability Services. Earlier this year, Anita taught an ACA class at Levine Campus and she enjoyed every part of it and the experience of being at CPCC was very pleasant.

When asked why she decided to move to Central Piedmont Community College, and Student Life in particular, Anita pointed out that it was because of the great reputation Central Piedmont Community College has and she was very enthusiastic when she saw the Student Life position available.  It was perfect timing!

Ever since she has joined and become a member of the Harper campus this semester, she has enjoyed her work there very much. She believes it is a very good campus with numerous opportunities. Anita has been impressed by the Club Advisers at the Harper Campus who are motivated to try and recruit students in student organizations and get students involved despite the fact that this can sometimes be difficult due to their demanding studies.

Anita is looking forward to many great years at Central Piedmont Community College and we are glad to have her as a part of our CPCC family! We are looking forward to working with her and sharing our wonderful college experience with her!

Thank you,
Ali Hamud

Student Resources Day 2015

              Navigating college can be pretty tricky. Figuring out how you will get to school, meals, crazy class schedules, paying for things and many other competing interest can eat up your time in the first few weeks. This may make it difficult for you to take a moment to see what resources are available. The Student Life office, along with many other campus partners at CPCC, offers a way for you to get plugged into these resources!

Each CPCC campus will offer students the opportunity to meet many of the essential service providers on each campus at their Student Resources Day. Vital services such as Financial Aid, Service Learning, Center for Military Families and Veterans, and many others will be present. This is a great opportunity for new students to see what services are offered at CPCC, as well as a chance to make connections with important staff that could assist with any issues that may come up in your time here at CPCC. Returning students can also take advantage of this event by becoming aware of resources that they may not have known existed on campus. Students that are taking classes on multiple campuses are encouraged to attend this event at each campus to ensure that they are aware of the location and providers of important campus services.

This event is intended to assist student with navigating the sometimes difficult landscape that is college. There are several people at Central Piedmont Community College that are committed to the success of the students. Many of these individuals will be present at this event, so do not miss an opportunity to stop by for some important information and a chance to make the connections that will improve your experience with CPCC!!

-Omar Crenshaw
Central Campus Student Life Coordinator

College is what YOU make it, GET INVOLVED!

The truth is, college is your time to find what drives you, to make lifelong friendships, and to explore who you are as a person. In Student Life, we believe so much of this can be experienced in the ways in which you become involved on campus. Your college experience while here at CPCC can be amplified and ignited outside the classroom as well as inside it. CPCC has so many opportunities for involvement and it is truly a place where each student can find something that kindles their passion as a person as much as their classes kindle their passion as a student. Students who get involved on campus create for themselves an experience that stretches far beyond the walls of the classroom and allows them to experience friendship, teamwork, leadership and perhaps most importantly, fun! So make time to do more than just go to class. Being involved while I was in college helped me find my best friends, made some of my favorite memories, and built the portfolio and professional network that landed me a job in my career.

CPCC has more than 60 different student clubs and organizations, focusing on leadership, service, common interests, or as part of a program of study. With so many options, you are sure to find something that speaks to you! We know that students who get involved are more likely to stay in school, more likely to graduate or transfer successfully, and are more likely to get a job when they leave. So what is there to lose!?

Not sure where to start? Join us at a Welcome Event or  Contact the Student Life Coordinator on your campus. Our former students will always have a home in Student Life, and we want to help you find your place here too.

A Message from the SGA President

SGA President Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda

August 17th is the start of the fall semester at CPCC. I am sure you are feeling a little anxious to see that summer is over, but I am also certain that you are as excited as I am about all the opportunities that will come along with this new semester. Author Nora Roberts said:  “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” Whether you are a new student, a returning student or an online student, succeeding in college starts by the will to grow yourself. Then it becomes an idea, and once you’re attending classes, you have solidified this journey and made that step forward.

No one said attending college was easy. For some of us, it may even look impossible because of financial and/or family instability. Beyond all the obstacles or hurdles that we may encounter, we must keep in mind all the great resources the College has to offer. As a student and a Student Government president at CPCC, I get to see first-hand how much the college invests in our success, by having the right staff/faculty and services.

Now, the task is ours. It is our responsibility to create that great environment where we can build lasting relationships at CPCC. Relationships with either classmates, professors, staff or faculty that will help us build networks to improve our future.

As of myself, I would like to welcome you to CPCC and hope that you will be joining us at the Student Government, or one of the over 40 clubs and organizations that CPCC holds.

Thank you,

Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda

This week marks the end of an extraordinary journey for many CPCC students who are eagerly prepping for graduation and looking forward to the next chapter in their lives – whether it’s taking a much needed break, transferring to a four-year university, or beginning their professional careers. While this is an exciting time, it can also be a bitter sweet experience for some. It’s not always easy to say goodbye, to let go of a life you’ve grown accustomed to for the past few years, and to venture off into unknown territory. But, it can’t compare to the thrilling experience of starting something new (especially if it’s been your dream), gaining more self-knowledge, and expanding your circle of friends.

I wanted to share the following story that I wrote after I graduated from college and reflected on my experience, which included not only great accomplishments but also disappointment and heartache. As I sat contemplating my future, I made the conscious choice to set aside my fears (and everyone else’s expectations of me) and chase after the dreams I held onto for so long. I have never looked back.

Borrow (Nautical): to sail close to the shore

I have been like a ship borrowing – fearful of exploring the open and unpredictable sea. I take comfort in the security of being anchored within a close distance of land. Any movement I make consists of creeping along the shore, ensuring that I do not get lost at sea. The avoidance of risk has provided me with a feeling of discontent as I look at my ship’s log to find no entries worth writing home about.

Occasionally, I examine the structure of my hull. The sides are consumed with barnacles and my anchor is beginning to rust after years of stagnation. Somehow responsibility has crept in, along with unforeseen struggles, which has kept my dreams harbored. I have broken my promise to take back the time that I had borrowed. But as I look to the horizon, I know that there is no better time than now. If I remain in my current position, the powerful waves will force my ship to collide with the headland. I will capsize.

I can feel the trade winds calling me to sea. I have acquired the perfect crew and am ready to set sail, but my compass is unsure of where to lead me. The currents are getting stronger and it is crucial that I leave now; there will never be another opportunity. I know I will encounter storms and unexpected perils; there will be wear and tear on my ship. But, I am willing to take the risk because it is a far better outcome than remaining stationary.

I have pulled up my anchor and am slowly making headway, letting the currents choose my course. I dare not look back to shore for fear that it may entice me back to the familiar. Although I am hesitant to put all my faith in the open sea, I am confident that it will lead me in the direction I am destined to travel. As time has passed on my journey, I no longer feel adrift. I am becoming more seaworthy. The more ports I visit, the more treasures I have worth writing home about.

The message of this story still resonates with me today, especially as I begin a new adventure in Wilmington, NC and prepare to say goodbye to students, colleagues, and dear friends. I don’t know how the next chapter will turn out, but I am grateful for the many blessings that the CPCC community has gifted me over the past five years – in knowledge, skills, friendships, and unconditional love.

For those of you reading this, I want you to know that although you may have some trepidation about the future, it’s important that you continue to chase after your dreams, get out of your comfort zone, seek opportunity and adventure, take (healthy) risks, and never forget that you are worthy of greatness!

CPCC – Thank you for being such an amazing, unforgettable treasure. I will miss you!

Sincerely, Krystal