“Reynolds prepared me academically to compete with any student in the country.”
Each year Reynolds bids farewell to great students that graduate and/or transfer to four-year universities. Catching up with alumni gives the college a chance to see the far reaching effects an education can have and the strides they take after graduating. A great example of a successful Reynolds alum is Reggie Stroble.
Reggie attended Reynolds from 2006 to 2009 before transferring to Virginia State University to earn his bachelor’s degree. He then went on to earn his master’s degree at Virginia Tech and is now working as an assistant director in the Career & Industry Advising Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
So how did Reynolds prepare Reggie for his future?
Reggie began his education at Reynolds in 2006 majoring in Business Administration.
“In the fall semester before I was about to graduate, I failed Math 163 and I was not able to graduate in 2009. Instead of retaking the course in the fall, I transferred to Virginia State University to pursue my bachelor’s degree in psychology. While attending VSU I always regretted not finishing my degree at JSRCC,” explained Reggie.
Inspired, in 2011 after he graduated from VSU, he returned to Reynolds to retake Math 163 and received his associate degree. “So in theory, I obtained my bachelor’s degree before my associates degree.”
Reggie explained that he was not ready to attend a large university after he graduated from high school and that Reynolds provided him with the type of atmosphere he could thrive in as a student. “Reynolds prepared me academically to compete with any student in the country.”
Going through the stress and commitment of obtaining any educational degree can be challenging, but Reggie said he had great help at Reynolds - particularly from Kemper Steele, Meg Buchanan-Foster, Dr. Tom Hollins and Mrs. Adelle Townes. Under their guidance, Reggie was able to serve as a student ambassador, Secretary of SGA, and as a Reynolds peer mentor. “They believed in me at times when I could not see my true potential.”
Reggie added that working at VCU gives him the ability to see a diverse student population on a daily basis and to work with students “who struggle with the concept of knowing what applicable skills they need to learn in their major.”
Reggie received his education from three great institutions, and is now putting his knowledge and hard work to use helping students to succeed in their chosen fields of study. Good Luck Reggie and way to make Reynolds proud!
This article was provided by media relations assistant Jessie Pavlidis.