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    Tim Paulson, Big Bend Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: After serving in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1990, Tim Paulson worked in construction for years until his sister encouraged him to think about college. Although he has earned a 3.9 GPA, coming in as a nontraditional student was a challenge, he says. “I was excited about being a college student, but I had a lot of apprehensions, being quite a bit older than everyone.” To get acclimated, he enrolled in a college survival skills course that utilized a C2C peer advocate. Within a few weeks, Paulson was asked to consider becoming a peer…

    Tara Foxworth-Appling, Cuyahoga Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: After struggling with addiction for many years, Tara Foxworth-Appling entered recovery ready to do something different with her life. Enrolling in college was part of her solution. After being out of school for 20 years, she was not prepared for the challenges being in college would bring; on her very first day, she was late and missed her first class. Instead of giving up, she sought help from a student ambassador who took her to see the professor to explain. When the professor cried with her, she knew she had made the right choice. Foxworth-Appling became a…

    Danilo Bustamante, Green River Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: Danilo Bustamante decided to attend Green River Community College to better his life and his ability to support his family. “Education can help shape your character, and I didn’t want to worry about money all the time,” he says. Despite moving to the United States from Chile only a few years before starting at Green River, Bustamente was determined to persevere through challenging courses while also working to improve his English. Looking to gain additional experiences on campus and to help others while developing his own skills, Bustamente joined C2C as a peer advocate. Through the program,…

    Christina Perry, Owens Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: As a C2C peer advocate, Christina Perry has provided guidance, mentorship, and support to countless students at Owens Community College. At 24 years old, Perry loves being on campus and helping “one student at a time, from the bottom up.” Six years ago, Perry attempted to get her degree at Owens but was unsuccessful. At that time, she explains, “I dropped out because I wasn’t prepared for being held accountable and for being in classes all the time, at a higher level than high school.” She has come back with a renewed vision for her future that…

    Breanna McCoy, Tallahassee Community College

    Peer Advocate Profile: Breanna McCoy is a Dean’s List student at Tallahassee Community College majoring in criminal justice and sociology, but she hasn’t always done so well. “I didn’t feel prepared for college,” she remembers. She pushed herself, though, wanting to be first in her family to get a college degree. She became a C2C peer advocate because “I wanted to help students navigate the system” that she had found confusing. One of the most memorable parts of being a peer advocate has been organizing a campus garden project for C2C students. The experience made a huge difference in helping…