Nineteen-year-old Stefany Martinez is an honor student at Carroll
Community College, part of a cohort of students who form the Hill Scholars. She
attends class with her peers and enjoys the group dynamic. But her favorite
class, taught by Dr. Kristie Crumley, focuses on the individual.
“The class is interactive, draws upon material from life and
helps me guide my future decision making,” Martinez said.
Martinez, who also works a part-time information desk job on
campus, has her eyes set on the future as a first-generation college student,
exploring new opportunities that she never before imagined. “I am the first in
my family to attend college,” she said. “I want to make my parents proud. I
want to be a role model for my younger sister. I am confident I will succeed at
Carroll Community College.”
Martinez anticipates she will finish taking classes at
Carroll in 2017. She then plans to apply for admission to the Surgical
Technology Program at Frederick Community College. Crediting the dedicated
faculty at Carroll, she believes she will be well-prepared with the skills she
needs to enter the next phase of her academic life.