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After suffering through an illness that caused him to drop out of high school during his sophomore year, Alex Bravo eventually earned his GED and decided to take courses at Harford Community College. He was a little scared and felt somewhat introverted after being away from classes for some time, but he found HCC to be just what he needed to get him on the path to his future. “I came into myself at Harford.”
Alex said he chose Harford for several reasons. “It was close – only 5 minutes away. Plus, I didn’t feel ready to go to a four-year college, yet. And, the price was right.”
Alex said he learned how important it was to establish a relationship with faculty. Chris Jones was one of his favorite professors, and he also became close to Professor Jan Brewer. Instructor Linda Clary helped him gain confidence in his writing and Instructor Janice Avery worked with him on math, admittedly not his favorite subject. Not only was Alex able to get a solid foundation at HCC, he said he loved every minute of it. He has been on the Dean’s or President’s List every semester.
A member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges, Alex also served as president of the Social Empowerment Club and was a member of the HCC Men’s golf team. He worked in the College’s Financial Aid office for two years as a Federal Work Study student. Alex said it was his first job ever and he truly enjoyed it.
“I would absolutely recommend Harford to others and I already have. I’ve told friends and relatives that they should spend their first two years here. You can’t beat it. It’s cheaper, has wonderful professors, and there are lots of majors to choose from.”
After doing much independent reading on the subject, Alex said he became infatuated with the study of human behavior and is majoring in psychology. The brain is mysterious. It’s a giant puzzle. And it is something that Alex wants to explore further.
“HCC has prepared me well to go and finish my undergraduate studies and then move on to graduate school. I have loved every moment of it. Professors here are very helpful, and they want students to succeed. “
This summer, he will be doing an internship at the Zanvyl Kreiger Mind/Brain Institute, a free standing institute at the Johns Hopkins University.
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