These Are Our Stories


What does it mean to be part of Virginia College? Get to know our students, staff and graduates through their own words and photos.

Chris, Birmingham

Chris, BirminghamStudent“Being a single dad and working and going to school — it’s a lot of sleepless nights, but I make it work.”

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John, Birmingham

John, BirminghamProgram Director“HVAC-R is what I’ve done all my life.”

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Kennedy, Huntsville

Kennedy, HuntsvilleStudent“Cosmetology is always something I’ve liked since I was little.”

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Shannon & Tiffany, Huntsville

Shannon & Tiffany, HuntsvilleGraduates“We used to talk about opening up a natural healing center.”

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Jay, Birmingham

Jay, BirminghamStudent“I’ve always wanted to own a restaurant.”

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Calvin, Birmingham

Calvin, BirminghamStudent“I’ve been out of high school for 36 years.”

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Angelica, Birmingham

Angelica, BirminghamStudent“I was laid off from my job back in 2014. It really deflated me.”

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Tia, Huntsville

Tia, HuntsvilleGraduate“I really wanted to work in oncology because I lost my mom to cancer.”

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Sondra, Birmingham

Sondra, BirminghamProgram Director“I keep it real, because I’ve been there and they trust that.”

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Nicole, Macon

Nicole, MaconGraduate“My son inspires me daily.”

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Karri, Columbus

Karri, ColumbusStudent“My number one priority was to be a mom, so I got out of the military.”

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Brian, Huntsville

Brian, HuntsvilleGraduate“Hardcore rock and roll musicians and time management don’t really go together.”

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Erica, Columbus

Erica, ColumbusStudent“Seeing myself in a cap and gown is the main goal and nothing will get in my way!”

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Keiontae, Macon

Keiontae, MaconInstructor“When they succeed, I feel like I succeed.”

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Wanda, Austin

Wanda, AustinStudent“Not too long ago, I discovered I had cancer.”

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Sharon, Chattanooga

Sharon, ChattanoogaGraduate“I was in a movie with Jamie Foxx. It came up just by accident. I played a chef.”

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Teresa, Austin

Teresa, AustinStudent“I’m a veteran and it’s been 30 years since I’ve been in school.”

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Are you a Virginia College student, graduate or staff member?We’d love to hear your story!

“Being in the military and seeing a lot of people sick, it gave me the motivation to do something challenging and be better.”

Jamar, Savannah Graduate

“It’s never too late to go back and finish your degree!”

Almarina, Shreveport Graduate

“I chose the field I am in because I have always wanted to help people who are sick feel better.”

Kennesha, Huntsville Graduate

“I love everything about cosmetology — hair, makeup, nails, everything!”

Camell, Columbia Student

“Before enrolling in school, I never really felt like I was doing what I should be doing.”

Bonnie, Florence Student

“I wanted to do something with my life that would make both my children and my mother proud.”

Jasmine, Spartanburg Student

“I am motivated by the students. I am constantly reminded that everyone is reaching for something.”

Kelly, Pensacola Instructor

“As a single mother, I wanted to show my son it wasn’t too late to get my degree! I finished knowing I could start a career and provide for him and give him the life I never had.”

Chelsea, Birmingham Graduate

“I gave up partying late at night to study late at night. And all the hard work paid off.”

Yesica, ChattanoogaGraduate

“Being a chef is a dream of mine. I don’t want to think about what could have been. I had to take the chance.”

Fred, Richmond Student

“I am 53 and decided to start over in my career.”

Tammy, Augusta Student

“I’m not a person that gives up easily on myself or others.”

Christine, Savannah Student

“Never let anyone stop you from becoming a greater person in life. No matter what, keep going!”

Allison, Columbus Student

“I was 34, a single mother of three. I worked full-time and was a full-time student. My life was nonstop for two years. As time went on it became a lot easier and a lot more fun.”

LaTasha, Augusta Graduate

“There was a time in my life when I was sickly. One day, my husband took me to get a makeover. The transformation was phenomenal. I want to make people feel the way I felt that day.”

Sable, Columbus Graduate

“I want my son to know that you are never too old to accomplish any of your dreams and you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Jessica, Knoxville Student

“I am scared to death to leave my classmates and teachers when I graduate because I love them and have become attached.”

Kelsey, Baton Rouge Student

“I worked as a hairstylist for over 30 years and a licensed cosmetology instructor for 23 years. I know that hard work pays off in the long run.”

Meshandra, Macon Instructor

“My motivation is my six-year-old daughter. To know that this little person is depending on me for everything makes me want to work that much harder and strive that much more for success.”

Lakesha, Savannah Student

“I chose Business Administration because I wanted to fully understand owning and operating a business. I am very independent and very curious.”

Cronyn, Charleston Student

“I didn't choose cosmetology, it chose me!”

Kumesia, Jacksonville Graduate

“My husband passed away in February 2017. I chose the medical assistant field because of taking care of him and my elderly parents.”

Janet, Knoxville Student

“I am the oldest of five kids. At a young age my mother got sick, and I had to step up to the plate.”

Lauren, Austin Student

“I have completed eight years with two deployments in service to my country.”

Eric, Jackson Student

“I wanted better for my children and to show them there’s always something to learn.”

Laura, Jacksonville Student

“I have been told by some family members that I do not have what it takes to become a nurse; they have motivated me to prove them wrong.”

Caitlin, Montgomery Student

“I’m a 37-year-old proud mother of three children and three stepchildren, a full-time student with a 4.0 GPA, and working full-time.”

Virginia, Lubbock Student

“I kept telling myself I was going to do this but never did it. Last year, I put my foot down and told myself that I am going to finish school.”

Kerpernia, Mobile Student

“The proudest moment in my life is that after I had my son, I returned to finish my schooling.”

Ryan, Charleston Student