Timothy, a Deering, NH native, took a different path before finally arriving at Manchester Community College. After graduating high school in 2007, Tim ventured off to the University of Hartford to start his college career. However, it didn't take long before he "realized that college wasn't what I wanted or needed at the time." Tim left the Connecticut-based university after completing his freshman year.
Tim's next adventure brought him to enlist in the New Hampshire Army National Guard in late 2008. After completing basic and advanced combat trainings, Tim was deployed overseas for much of 2010 and 2011. "I returned home with a different mindset and work ethic and decided to give college a second chance," he says.
"I had invested heavily (financially, academically, and personally) in my first year of college and although I received a number of credits, I had little (besides student loan debt) to show for my efforts since I didn't earn a degree," Tim recalls. Feeling a little hesitant about the risks of returning to college for a number of additional years, Tim felt pursuing an associate degree at a two-year community college would be ideal. Naturally, MCC was a perfect fit for Tim.
Juggling his military obligations while enrolled in classes has not been a huge hurdle for Tim to overcome. "Being a National Guardsman I usually only drill one weekend a month plus two weeks a year, so there is plenty of time to attend classes and get the homework and projects done," he says.
During his time at MCC, Tim has also had a huge part in establishing a veterans-friendly movement on campus. He was one of the founding members and president of the MCC Veterans student organization, and he worked closely with MCC President Susan Huard to help shape the Veterans Center here on campus. And he is always one to step forward and volunteer at Open House events welcoming new students to campus and sharing his MCC experiences with fellow veterans and active service members.