Non-Traditional Student Support with Daniel

Segment #5 from Collin College


Let’s talk with Daniel. Now, Daniel isn’t your typical college student. In fact, he is proud to shed some light on what it means to be a non-traditional student who has just recently decided to set a path in higher education. Let’s hear more from Daniel and his goal to educate the next generation. Daniel.

– Thank you, Alex. Hello, everyone. As a native-born McKinney man, I chose to attend Collin College because it’s home to me. My wife graduated from Collin and four of our six children have attended classes here as well. Collin College is committed to supporting their students. Being much older than my fellow classmates, I was concerned about the awkwardness of the age difference, but I felt very welcome and included in all areas. College algebra was my biggest hurdle. It had been more than 30 years since my last algebra class from McKinney High School. At the beginning of the semester, I was concerned about passing algebra, but thanks to the academic assistance tutors helping me this past semester, my only concern was whether I would receive an A or a B. And after serving in the Army for more than 20 years, three of those on combat deployments, I’m incredibly grateful for the Veterans Resource Office. They’ve made it possible for a retired veteran at my age to continue my goal of becoming a high school history teacher. Collin College is such an impressive place for education right here in my hometown. There are many campuses throughout the county, which makes education accessible for everyone looking to continue their education, no matter how busy your lifestyle. My time spent here on campus is more than just getting a degree to start a new career. I’ve grown as a person in many ways. My professors take a personal interest in teaching us here beyond just our grades. And my message to everyone is that just because life may cause you to delay your dreams and goals, do not abandon them. Always push forward. Back to you, Alex.

– Daniel, it’s inspiring to hear about your time of service and your journey. Collin College serves military-connected students diligently. In fact, it’s been named one of the best for vets colleges, get this, 11 times. Daniel, you are proof of Collin College’s commitment to serve those who have served. Thank you.

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