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PVCC Student: Maria Chapman Paying it Forward Helping Others W hen Maria Chapman started at PVCC in fall 2011, she thought she wanted to be a social worker but reconsidered. "If I became a social worker, I would be helping adults," she reasoned. "And while it's never too late to change somebody's life, I felt like I could help people more when they're younger, in the classroom. I could teach them about their resources and how to help themselves." Maria's decision was an easy one: she wants to become a teacher. Great Expectations One resource that has benefitted Maria is the Great Expectations program at PVCC. This program helps current and former foster care youth gain access to a community college education and offers resources such as a dedicated advisor to ensure success. "A lot of kids in foster care have had bad experiences of just being a file in a foster care worker's cabinet," she says, "and it's something different to have a person who wants to check in with you. The benefit of the Great Expectations program is having an advisor who really cares about you, who will talk to your teacher, who will set up study sessions for you, who will even get you bus passes if you are having trouble with transportation." College Life Maria enrolled at PVCC after graduating from Louisa County High School and immediately 8 PVCC Fall 2013 Class Schedule For schedule updates, visit www.pvcc.edu/classes. Listen to a podcast of Maria sharing her experiences in PVCC's Great Expectations program. Maria Chapman became involved. She serves on the Great Expectations advisory board and mentors other students. She participates in the Student Government Association and other clubs and volunteers as much as possible. She also works part time in the Math Center at PVCC and at Splendora's Gelato in downtown Charlottesville. "If there's any time left over," she laughs, "I sleep." Somehow, she managed to find time to write "Crimson Memories," a poem selected for publication in PVCC's literary magazine, The Fall Line. The Fall Line, the literary magazine published annually by PVCC's Creative Writing Club, features stories, poetry, essays, art and photographs by PVCC students. Click HERE to see it online! Maria plans to finish her associate degree in general studies and transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor's degree in education. Afterwards, she intends to move to D.C. and join Teach for America. PVCC's Great Expectations program helps current and former foster youth ages 13-24 in Central Virginia to complete high school, gain access to a community college education and transition successfully to living independently. For more information on the Great Expectations program log on to www.pvcc.edu/ge.

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