Francisco started college at UMBC, but unsure of what to study, he thought it best to transfer to Howard Community College and save money while finding his educational direction. At HCC, Francisco took some introductory English classes, where he found he had a talent for writing.
After developing a close bond with English Professor Ryna May, he realized that he should follow his academic passions. He explained, “The two subjects I enjoy most are education and English, so I thought that teaching English would be perfect.” With a future career in mind, Francisco turned to his academic advisor for assistance. “He gave me a plan and for the first time I felt like I knew what I was doing. I felt really on track,” Francisco said.
Francisco excelled on his pathway, reading his creative work on stage at the Blackbird Poetry Festival and joining Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Francisco graduated in spring 2016 with a degree in secondary English education and plans to transfer to Towson’s teacher certification program.
As the capstone to his HCC experience, the English and World Languages Division selected Francisco as the student of the year. Professor May, who become his mentor, presented the award and continues to inspire Francisco’s career goals. Francisco said, “I would love to come back to HCC. Maybe next time I’m at the HCC awards ceremony, I’ll be a professor giving an award to a student.”