Samantha Sebring has worn more hats than most in her time as a student at Highline.
She has been the community budget coordinator for the Center for Leadership and Service; chair of the Services and Activities Budget Committee; student representative to Highline’s Budget Advisory Council.
She has served as a member of the CORE Leadership Team; received a Student Legacy Award; stayed a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society; and maintained her honor roll-qualifying GPA.
Though it wasn’t always easy, Ramla Geilani is proud to say she’s graduating this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped her college experience and made things harder, she said.
“The hardest thing about graduating college during a pandemic was starting to lose motivation,” Geilani said. “Us college students didn’t really get to experience the regular college experience this past year and a half due to the pandemic.”
And even before classes went remote, it took some time for her to adjust to Highline.
Highline helped Tyler Ing-Pich find his voice.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people apart, he said he’s managed to grow close to those around him, all while learning more about himself and the person who he wants to be.
“Throughout my two years as a Highline student, I have been able to meet and connect with peers, professors, and counselors who have undoubtedly helped me grow significantly as an individual,” said Ing-Pich.
Returning to school gave Cathleen Turner the career path she wanted, alongside a better future for both her, and her daughter.
That’s not to say that it’s been an easy journey.
“It was a new beginning for me, I was really burned out with all the jobs I was doing. I wanted to go back to school to solidify a new opportunity,” Turner said.
Before becoming a mom, Turner was prepared to go to law school. So when her daughter came, plans had to shift.
Poetry helped Emily Hamilton reclaim rhyme and reason in her life.
Hamilton is a returning college student finishing her AA degree with honors and is an editor for Arcturus, the college literary magazine.
She will be working on her bachelor of applied science in Global Trade and Logistics at Highline in the fall.
Mary Belay is ready to shut her laptop and get back into the classroom.
When she first made the decision to attend Highline two years ago, she didn’t expect to be spending more hours on Zoom than on campus. And adjusting to the new learning environment proved to be a challenge.
For those interested in getting involved in Student Government and leadership at Highline, many positions are open and hiring.
“We are hiring up to 30 student employees to fill a variety of positions, from program planning to front desk and budget administration,” said Thomas Bui, director of the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS).
Students say the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is making college more of a challenge than usual. But they are pushing ahead anyway.
Highline student Emma McLaughlin said it is harder “staying motivated and wanting to do the work since summer is right around the corner.”
As the country rapidly approaches one year of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, students are questioning if they wish to continue remote learning. For those who continue with school, the experience is taking a toll on their mental health.
Highline’s campus has been closed to most students since last March when shutdowns began, with classes moving online.Remote learning will continue at least through June; the learning format for Summer and Fall Quarters has not yet been decided for certain.
Students are expected to use ctcLink, Highline’s new admininstrative computer system, by the middle of February. But the training for the new program, which will cover everything from financial aid to registration, is currently unavailable to students.