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OCT Class of 2014

Eleven students from the On Campus Transition students graduated on April 22nd. Over the past four years they participated in campus life, took classes, lived on their own and made meaningful and lasting friendships. In honor of the class of 2014 we have highlighted each one below.

LAURA TAPIA

What did you like most about OCT?
I like OCT because you get to go to college and make lots of friends

What have you learned from the OCT program?
I’ve learned real life skills such as being professional in the workplace

What advice do you have for future OCT graduates?
My advice is to have a good work ethic and good time management

Plans for after OCT?
Take some time off and then come back in the fall

NICK RUE

What have you learned from the OCT program?
I’ve learned not to be afraid of trying new things

What will you miss about OCT?
My teachers, friends, classmates and mentors

What are your plans for after OCT?
I plan to get a part time job and save money to buy a car.

What advice do you have for future OCT graduates?
Keep your head high and never give up

JAIME TORRES

What have you learned from the OCT program?
How to budget, how to be safe, getting on the bus and how to travel and shop alone

What will you miss most about the OCT program?
My whole OCT family, my OP( Osprey Production) and my favorite OCT staff members

What are your plans for after OCT?
To have a huge celebration with my family and to go to New York and do some acting on Broadway

What did you like most about the OCT program?
Going to Best Buddies workshops, Osprey Productions, hanging out with my mentor and AmeriCorps

CAMERON MACK

What did you like most about the OCT program?
I liked the college experience overall

What have you learned from the OCT program?
Being independent and knowing how to fend for yourself. Being able to make my own decisions

What advice do you have for future OCT graduates?
Be mature, be yourself and stay out of trouble. Learn new things

What are your plans for after OCT?
Getting a part time job, getting my GED, taking courses at FSCJ and transferring to another University

CHARLA TEMPLE

What did you like most about the OCT program?
Being here for four years, being in classes, my mentors, and spending time with friends

What advice do you have for future OCT graduates?
Love and cherish your family, treat people with trust and respect. Never give up because people believe in you!

What is your best OCT memory?
All of OCT was wonderful and my strongest memories were spending time with my OCT family and friends.

What are your plans for after OCT?
To go home proud and eventually have a career

TOMMY SAWYER

What are your plans for after OCT?
Working at Winn Dixie

What will you miss most about OCT?
The game room

What did you like most about the OCT program?
The bookstore

What have you learned from the OCT program?
Fitness

FRANK HARMON

What advice do you have for future OCT graduates?
You earned it and hard work pays off!

What are your plans for after OCT?
Working in the culinary field

What will you miss most about OCT?
My friends

What have you learned from OCT?
How to follow your schedule

CIARA MATHIS

What did you learn from the OCT program?
I learned to be on time for my class and sessions and time management

What will you miss most about the OCT program?
I will miss my friends and my classes

What was your least favorite class
Intro to Teaching

What advice do you have for future OCT graduates?
I will come back and visit you guys!

RACHEL CRUMPTON

What did you like most about the OCT program?
I liked everything

What will you miss about OCT?
Being in classes, friends and mentors

What advice do you have for future OCT graduates?
I would tell them that it’s fun being here and to have fun

What have you learned from the OCT program?
How to make friends

WILS VAN BERGEN

What did you like most about the OCT program?
Loved everything! All the access to UNF event/programs and mentors

What have you learned from the OCT program?
Social and Independent living skills

What advice do you have for future OCT graduates?
College is a lot of work, but is awesome

What’s your best OCT memory?
Being a Buddy Ambassador and internship with Best Buddies

JORDAN MOSLEY

What did you like most about the OCT program?
Hanging out with mentors and having lunch with them

What have you learned from the OCT program?
How to be prepared and up to date with things

What will you miss most about OCT?
All my friends around campus

What are your plans for after OCT?
Taking cooking classes and getting a job, and maybe working with Comcast

Congratulations to the OCT class of 2014!

Compiled by Alexandra McClain, AmeriCorps VISTA