Stephen Serrano is just one of the many students who is taking advantage of the many opportunities at Sampson Community College.
“I have always been interested in going into the medical field,” smiles Serrano, a student at Sampson Community College, who radiates the motto, “begin here, go anywhere”.
“In High School I was enrolled in the allied health sciences program, which allowed for students to shadow health professionals in one’s field of interest, a career that I never saw as an achievable goal,” adds Serrano. “While I come from a family of poor immigrant farmers where I am only the second to graduate high school and the first to go to college in both my immediate and extended family, I simply did not think being a doctor was feasible.”
Fast forward a few years, Serrano graduated high school and began his educational journey at Sampson Community College in the college transfer program, both which he never thought was possible. Transferring to North Carolina State University, in 2014, Serrano graduated from the Pack through NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
“After my time at NC State, I began working with the Juntos 4-H program in Sampson County, an NC State based program that assists Latino youth in achieving high school graduation and provides access to higher education. This opportunity allows me to continue to pursue my passion for serving the Latino population”
This is on the beginning for Serrano and his impact within the community.
“With the opportunity to be a part of North Carolina State Masters of Physiology program starting this fall, 2016, I am confident that I will receive the necessary foundation needed to pursue my passion of practicing medicine as a physician,” the student added. “I believe it is important that Latino representation is visible in order for Latinos to seek the care they need.”
Serrano attributes much of his success to the staff and instructors of SCC.
“As I reflect on my educational journey, I instantly think of Sampson Community College, a place where instructors put students first and vigorously prepare them to reach their educational and career goals,” reflects Serrano. “As one instructor continuously went the extra mile in order to get me to succeed, Mr. Wolf, a psychology instructor and College Transfer department advisor, always challenged me to be a better version of myself. Due to my time at SCC, I was well prepared for the rigorous nature of the NC State University’s academically challenging coursework.”
Living by the SCC motto has been a goal of Serrano’s.m
“To me, this has been a surreal experience to think that a timid introvert that began his collegiate journey at Sampson Community College is now an NC State University Graduate and about to begin a Master’s program. Without the unending support of my parents and my instructors at SCC, none of this would have been remotely possible. At Sampson Community College they , begin here go anywhere. I am carrying that motto to heart in order to help others achieve educational success.”
To begin your educational journey at SCC this fall, visit sampsoncc.edu or call 910-592-8081.