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SCCC’s Sam Vance set to graduate high school & college at the same time

4/14/2019 10:46:18 AM

Samantha Vance might be the most driven and determined student in Sussex County.

Juggling TWO school workloads and TWO jobs, Vance will graduate from Sussex County Community College (SCCC) in May with a degree in Liberal Arts - and a month later she'll graduate from her high school at Sussex Tech.

Using dual enrollment courses at her high school, and taking evening classes at SCCC, Vance incredibly will be able to enter Stockton University in the fall as a junior! She began this endeavor when she was only 16 years old. She is now 18.

"At the time my mom was working at the College, and she urged me to get a degree," said Vance.  In due time, Vance "realized that I could do it and so I went for it."

Clearly, Vance is an organized individual. Not only has she attended high school during the day and college classes at night, in between and on weekends the Frankford Township resident has held two jobs at a time, currently working at Modell's Sporting Goods in Newton and A & G Pizzeria in Lafayette. And of course, finding time for homework. Until this year she also managed to participate in basketball and softball at Tech, amongst it all.

"People are like, 'wow,' how are you managing everything!" said Vance.

Initially, Vance was considering a degree in law, but after taking a psychology class at SCCC she "fell in love with psychology and now it's my passion."

Her goal is to get a degree in psychology and eventually to become a therapist. As a result of a research paper she did for a class at SCCC, Vance realized she wanted to concentrate her work with a particular group of people, those afflicted by multiple personalities.

"In the class, we had to write about a different disorder every week," noted Vance. "I just found it very interesting. This is an area some doctors don't believe in; they think it's a fake disorder. But it is not, and I want to help those who have it."

When Vance is not taking classes, working, or doing homework, she does find time to relax and take it easy!

"I hang out with friends, watch TV or just color," Vance said. "It's my way of de-stressing."

To echo the reaction of those around her, "WOW!"

For more information about all the Early College Advantage programs offered at SCCC, visit sussex/edu/highschool or contact Admissions at admissions@sussex.edu.