Students answer ‘Why FCC?’

By The Commuter Staff

With thousands of colleges across the country, an estimated 5,700 students have chosen Frederick Community College for the 2023 fall semester.

Earlier this semester, The Commuter staff wanted to know why students chose FCC?

There were a variety of reasons why students chose to enroll at this campus.

For many students interviewed, they looked at FCC as a stepping stone to a larger university

Mathew Miller is 18-year-old freshman majoring in secondary education in English,. He said that FCC was his first choice due to how close to home it was, close enough to walk to his classes. Also adding that “It was cheaper than a four-year college”.

Jahna Adams said she learned about FCC from co-workers after moving to Frederick.

Another FCC student, Jillian Beehler of Frederick said she learned about FCC through her siblings.

She chose FCC for her academic goals as well. The 17-year-old freshman is a health and exercise major and plans to transfer to the University of Delaware to get a degree in kinesiology.

“To get my bachelor in 4 years and go to therapy school”, said Jillian Beehler, 17, of Frederick.

She said she knew FCC was right for her through the location and programs offered.

Sarah Madsen, 18, of Frederick, is a freshman nursing major. She said she knew FCC was right for her because of the affordable cost of tuition as well as the classes that are offered.

Carper Niper, 16, of Mount Airy is a dual enrollment student at FCC, which means he also goes to high school.

Niper said he was introduced to FCC while in summer camp in middle school.

“It was my only option to get credits done,” he said. “And it was a bonus to take college courses in high school.”

Niper plans to major in computer sciences with a specialization in cyber security. He plans on transferring to a four-year university get a bachelor’s degree, and potentially a master’s degree. However, he’s still unsure of his major.

“I don’t have a specific direction I want to go in, just cyber security,” he said.

In the meantime, he wants to take his classes and get involved in school clubs like Magic the Gathering.

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