Added: March 12th, 2010
Before coming to GMC Columbus, Blaine Valentini was a self-described "habitual drop-out." Now, a year later, Blaine serves as a tutor, peer leader and on the student Honor Council. The atmosphere at GMC helped to change Blaineís conception of school and her own success. She began this journey using GMC as a way to get into a university, but has come away with the impression that GMC is "the best first step you could ever make toward college."
Blaine says that, at first, she was nervous about starting school. But the staff and faculty at GMC quelled her apprehension. Before she even started classes, admissions staff members Mr. Haire and Mrs. Mathews made her feel at ease and excited about college. Blaine feels that Professor Bondís GMC 100A class was also a turning point in her educational career. The tools and methods she learned about in the class were important, but Blaine also noted a change in her attitude as a result of this class. She noticed that as she was doing well in the class and as she was being used as a good example to other students, her peers started to believe in her abilities as a student. More importantly, she figured, if other people believed in her, maybe she should start believing in herself as well.
Blaine now tells all her friends the GMC is the place to be. She says that the educational foundation students receive at GMC and the preparation for success helps make the learning come easy. The approachability of the faculty also makes GMC special- as she feels that the students truly come first.
For the former "habitual dropout," being involved, engaged and interested in college classes is a welcome change. Even more, Blaine not only works hard and does well in her own classes; she also works to help other students achieve similar success.