We asked Michael to describe himself and he told us how proud he is to be the single father of a 13-year-old daughter who is maturing into a fine young woman — and that he happens to be an Elvis Presley Super Fan! He spoke, too, of his vital evolution at PVCC from being “a nervous 42-year-old returning adult student, lacking confidence and facing the beginning of rebuilding my life,” to now earning his degree as a 44-year-old, All-USA Academic Team member and scholarship recipient, student leader, Peer Mentor, and five-semester President of the A.W.A.R.E. (Adults Who Are Returning to Education) Club and support system.
Michael also committed himself to being part of the Honors Program and a member of the Club Ed Leadership Board, Phi Theta Kappa, the Men’s Network, and the RISE (Recovery Inspired Social Empowerment) Club.
To what does he credit these academic and social/campus involvement achievements? The “transformational learning experiences at PVCC!” He describes “instructors who do more than teach — they inspire, encourage,” and provide opportunities to PVCC students so that they may “create opportunities for themselves” to fulfill their “goals and passions” with greater success.
Today, Michael wishes to share with us this quote from Carlos Castaneda:
“For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length — and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.”
Michael’s future goals? Earning a B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education followed by an M.A. in Higher Education Counseling and then a PhD in Higher Education Counseling. He hopes to cap this off with employment at Paradise Valley Community College as a professor and counselor!