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Siblings Follow In Each Other’s Footsteps at Howard Community College

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Kirsten Murrill’s older sister, Kelsey, has been a big influence in her life.

“When Kelsey went to Howard Community College and had nothing but good reviews about it, I knew it would be a perfect fit to start my college education,” she said.

The Rouse Scholar graduated from HCC in May, and transferred to Towson to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing – just as Kelsey, also a Rouse Scholar, did before her.

But the Murrill family isn’t finished with HCC.

This fall, their younger brother, Sam, followed in his sisters’ footsteps, enrolling at the college and joining the Rouse Scholars program.

“My sisters described HCC as a foot hold – a way to get your bearings for college life coming straight out of high school,” Sam said.

“Through their descriptions of their times at HCC, I started to see the community college as a place full of opportunity, and what might be the best years of my education due to the assistance from the staff, close connections with other students, and a support system to make sure each student learns what is being taught.”

Sam works as a lifeguard at HCC’s Athletic and Fitness Center and will be running for the track team. Being in the Rouse Scholars program has given him the chance to get involved and make friends.

“I know that Kirsten and Kelsey enjoyed their time here and I think I will as well,” he said.

Kelsey graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in May. She has since gotten her license and is working as a registered nurse on the MCU at Howard County General Hospital.

She credits HCC for leading the way, by providing an environment to grow as a student and a person.

“HCC gave me life-long friendships and experiences, as well as the chance to save money before transferring,” she said. “I honestly would not have chosen to start college any other way, and believe that HCC really helps build and prepare its students for the next chapter of their lives.”

Read more of Kelsey's story.

Read more of Kirsten's story.

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