I work here for the view…

As a student, I fell in love with the GCC experience. The first day I stepped on campus in 2007, I felt like GCC wrapped its arms around me. I sensed tremendous positive energy here. Everyone at GCC wanted me to succeed. The mission of this organization was crystal clear. Student success. I remember walking around campus, gazing up at the picturesque palm trees set against the blue Arizona sky. Walking from one class to another, I was in heaven. What a view…

I was a first generation college student who came to GCC full of hopes and dreams. I was new to Arizona and eager to make things happen as I began a new chapter in my life. During my first week of classes, I made 2 important purchases: a rolling book bag and bifocals. Being a 42 year old college freshman presented a few challenges. I quickly discovered that my books were too heavy and the print was too small…

With my new glasses and book bag, I began to understand the meaning of “life-long learning.” GCC was my dream come true…I was hooked. No book was too heavy…no print too small…

Fast forward to January 2017. Today, I’m honored to be part of the GCC Library staff. I work here now! I’ll never forget the success I felt as a student. My education at GCC was mind-expanding and life-changing. As an employee, I want to contribute to student success and help others live their best lives.

As a new employee, I’m still walking around campus at lunchtime, gazing at the palms against the blue sky and continuing to feel the joy of GCC. I guess you could say I work here for the view…

 

4 thoughts on “I work here for the view…”

  1. I also took classes at GCC, but it was when I moved here from the midwest and just for personal knowledge. Getting a job here years later, was and continues to be one of the best things to ever happen to me. Glad you are here, Ann.

     
  2. Is that a Paw Patrol reference, Ann. I’ve never met you, but I feel like I know you already. Your post reminds me of one of my favorite movie quotes: “If you don’t like the view, change your seat.” It reminds us that we are the ones making meaning, not the world around us. Okay, the same movie, “If you don’t play, you can’t win,” also brings home the point that we are in charge of our destiny. It’s great to see such a positive view in the world and not just in a film. Thank you for sharing that.

     
    1. HI Julie,
      Thanks for your kind comment. I am only barely familiar with Paw Patrol. I taught Kindergarten a few years ago, so my students talked about Paw Patrol. I’ve never had the pleasure of watching it, but I did get a few Paw Patrol Valentines that year. My daughter grew up during the “Barney” era, so I’m out-of-touch now…

      So, would I like Paw Patrol?

       

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