Marina Mecham: Vote ‘yes’ on 5A
I strongly encourage a “yes” vote on Colorado Northwest Community College Referred Measure 5A. As CNCC alumni, I can personally attest to the immeasurable benefit this campus has given to our community.
In 2013, I began my academic journey at CNCC. I was 17 at the time, and my mother encouraged, if not forced, me to take a class over the summer. The year before, I had dropped out of high school and had no plans to pursue academics any further in my life. Terrified, I walked into the classroom, sat down and prepared to hate every moment. To my great surprise, I loved every second.
Over the next two years, my outlook on life completely changed. I excelled in all my classes, became involved with the student government and thrust myself into every project I could. The support offered by CNCC faculty and staff is so important. Sitting in a classroom with professors who care about your success and well being is so beneficial to students struggling to succeed. I graduated from CNCC with highest honors in spring 2015, and I believe this is because of the support I received from my professors and mentors at this school.
In fall 2016, I graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in the top 4 percent of my class. The next spring, I received two awards from UCD: the Myra Rich Prize for Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis and the Outstanding Research in Undergraduate Arts and Humanities. I never expected that I, a high school dropout, would be able to achieve what I have. I owe so much to the faculty and staff at CNCC, who continue to support me to this day. Without them, I would never have made it this far.
It is imperative that we, as a community, continue to support CNCC. There are so many of my friends, fellow CNCC alumni and current students, who have stories similar to mine. I cannot even begin to stress the importance of allowing more individuals this experience. By casting a “yes” vote on 5A, I will be doing my part to increase the opportunities CNCC gives the people in our community. I earnestly hope you will join me.
As I was driving home from Hayden this morning, I was listening to Colorado Public Radio (CPR) and was happy to hear an interview that CPR did with Katie Jo Knez in regards to her recent win as the Colorado Junior Division Rodeo Goat-tying Champion.