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Student Profile: Christina Tripp

“This is a really great way to get a head start on college—academically and financially!”

~ Christina Tripp, graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute 2011 and BCCC 2012, on the benefits of taking college-level courses in high school. She will be pursuing a pre-law degree at Notre Dame University of Maryland this fall.

BCCC Early College Student Christina TripChristina Tripp wasted no time when her mom told her about the BCCC High School Early Enrollment program. The high school honors student registered for the college-level course she took the summer of 2009 after completing tenth grade. It was such a positive experience, she came back for more.

“I was doing well in school, so I wasn’t really afraid of starting college courses. Still it was very encouraging to learn early on that I could do it,” explains Christina, who completed 18 college credits as an early enrollment high school student attending the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.

Taking high school courses by day and college courses two evenings a week only strengthened Christina’s self-confidence. “The adults in my college courses knew I was in high school and, like my professors, had high expectations of me. I couldn’t let them down.” She maintained a GPA of 3.5.

Christina believes the rigors of dual enrollment also helped her to “be less afraid” of taking the SAT: “Keeping up with my studies helped keep me on my game—so I felt prepared.”

Christina’s goal was to get a head start on college. By shortening the time required to earn a degree as a full-time college student, she was able to save her parents money, but their savings began with the aid that covered tuition, books and fees for Christina’s early enrollment courses. Students who meet the Early Enrollment scholarship requirements may qualify for up to $1000 per academic year.

Baltimore City Community CollegeAfter graduating from ‘Poly’, Christina started classes at BCCC as a degree-seeking student in fall 2011. Having excelled in early enrollment, she was inducted into the college’s Granville T. Woods Scholars Program. She completed her studies in the summer of 2012 (after just one academic year and summer session) with a GPA of 3.65.

Christina will be attending Notre Dame University of Maryland this fall to pursue her pre-law degree. She’s very pleased that her younger sister is following in her footsteps and taking BCCC High School Early Enrollment classes.

“I’m telling all my friends how great it is for anyone who wants to get a head start on college and a good career,” she says. “But most of all, I’m grateful to my mom and dad for pushing me to do well.”

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