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Izzy Chase
Nursing student Rachel Gwin dropped out of high school in 10th grade. Now, she passes all of her college classes and serves as the student representative on the AACC Board of Trustees.

Throughout my high school years, I always got Cs and Ds in my classes.
My teachers and classmates would constantly tell me that I would never amount to anything.
Halfway through my 10th-grade year, I dropped out of high school. I couldn’t handle the constant stress of being told I was a disappointment.
For a long time, I thought what those people said to me was true. I really struggled with my self-worth.
Two years later I finally got my GED and I began on the path of rebuilding myself and my confidence.
I began working up the courage to go back to school, but I still struggled with feeling like I would fail.
I thought college wouldn’t be the place for me, so I enrolled in cosmetology school.
I started to slowly regain that sense of self-worth, and I began to realize that grades do not define me.
Life got in the way and I ultimately decided to leave cosmetology school to pursue higher education at AACC.
I realized my passion was helping people, so I decided to pursue a degree in nursing.
I enrolled at AACC in fall of 2022, and began my journey, both excited and anxious.
My first semester here, I took 16 credit hours’ worth of classes—a full load.
I passed every class with As and Bs.
I was shocked and proud, but mostly, I was excited. I never thought I could accomplish what I did that semester.
Throughout my time here at AACC, I’ve continued this trend. Each semester, I pass all of my classes.
I’ve also been given the amazing opportunity to sit on the Board of Trustees as the student representative for the campus.
It took me a long time to realize that my self-worth wasn’t tied to my grades or my success.
If there is one thing I hope anyone can take away from my story, it’s that anyone can really do anything.
Some days, I still struggle, thinking back on all the times I was called a disappointment.
I just have to remind myself that I’m not that person, because nobody is that person.

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