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GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Atlantic Cape is Compass for High Honor Speaker

May 16, 2013

Indira Pearce, Atlantic Cape’s 2013 High Honor Speaker, discovered her true potential at Atlantic Cape.

“Atlantic Cape has given me the opportunity to dream bigger, to want more from and for myself and to look toward the future—I barely recognize myself, I’m so much more confident,” Pearce said.

Pearce, 34, utilized Atlantic Cape’s resources—including faculty and the tutoring center—to earn a spot at the top of the class of 2013 with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“It is amazing how much knowledge is available to someone who knows how to look for it,” Pearce said.

Pearce’s biggest challenge was balancing family, work and school, but she attributes much of her success to the support of her family, friends, co-workers and faculty.

“My professors were so encouraging and intelligent—they pushed me to write better, to be more critical in my thinking, define my position and to use the material in real-life applications,” Pearce said.

The Somers Point resident will attend Rutgers@Atlantic Cape Community College in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her goal is to conduct neurological research in the field of psychology.

“Graduating from Atlantic Cape means everything to me,” Pearce said. “It means I have succeeded when I was so scared I would fail; it means that I have what it takes to continue working toward my dream; it means that I am a positive role model for my son; and it means that all of my family’s sacrifices have not been in vain.”

Pearce will earn an associate degree in psychology and will be recognized for her success at Atlantic Cape’s Commencement on May 23. 

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