Brittany Vincent, a non-traditional USM student explains what it’s like to earn her degree through the University College at Saco center.
What was the driving force to continue school?
I chose to continue my education because I love science. Part of my choice is due to a curiosity about the workings of our life and the other part was that I enjoyed learning. I knew the best way to do that was to go to college. I am my happiest when I’m learning something new.
How did you hear about University College?
I learned about University College through some business contacts and personal contacts.
Were there any other colleges that you considered? If so, why did you choose USM?
When I was applying and just about to start my first year of college I went to three different orientations. I had initially considered University of New England. However, after their orientation, I chose USM as my degree school. I chose USM because it has a good biology program and location was great. I took as many classes as I could at University College at Saco.
Why did you choose to attend University College at Saco rather than the USM campus to earn your degree?
When I first started my college career I began at University College at Saco. Currently, I am a work-study student here and I am taking classes on the USM Portland Campus. I still use the center for studying because of how close-knit people are in this center. The staff knows everyone that comes into the center and their unique background and interests. When a new person comes in they make it their mission to know and help them.
Who or what has encouraged you to stay the course when you faced challenges?
I couldn’t have attended college or continued through challenges without my family support. I think that that is one of the great things about UC Saco. The staff helps work around your family life and achieve your goals. It’s the best of both worlds.
Has your perception of UC changed since you have been a work-study student?
My perception of UC has changed since I became a work-study student mostly in knowing how much time staff devote to student lives, curricular activities and making sure they know they are doing well.
What are you looking forward to as the semester comes to a final close and what’s next after graduation?
This semester will be my last for my bachelor’s degree. I’m looking forward to some time off before I begin studying for the MCATs and applying to Medical school.
What advice would you give others looking to pursue their degree?
It’s never too late to start. Procrastination leads to more stress. Take classes in a subject you’re passionate about and you’ll be more likely to follow through and be happy doing it.