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Student Profile: Megan Paice

"It’s a great way to save money and ease yourself into college.”

~ Megan Paice, Catonsville High School 2008, CCBC 2010 and Towson University 2012, on taking advantage of college courses in high school

CCBC Student Megan PaiceFor Megan Paice, less hand-holding and more independent work attracted her to take college courses during her senior year of high school. “I had taken AP classes, but I wanted to experiment with actual college-level courses,” recalls Megan, who enrolled in the Parallel Enrollment Program (PEP) at CCBC while attending nearby Catonsville High School.

PEP classes helped Megan adjust early to the different teaching styles and expectations of college faculty. “There was no one telling you to get your homework done,” Megan explains. “Faculty will support you, but they won’t ride over you. I knew it was up to me!”

Experiencing that heightened responsibility eased Megan’s anxiety about starting college after graduating high school. “I was terrified of taking a full load of college courses. But after taking a course at CCBC, I felt comfortable. I could tell myself, ‘You’ve done this before!’”

Megan enrolled full time at CCBC with college credits already in her pocket and a sense of confidence that eased the transition to campus life. She also had an enhanced resolve to stay on track to earn her degree.

“I learned so much from taking class with older college students,” she says.“I could see how much harder it was for them to balance a job, take care of kids and go to college. Their experiences challenged me to work harder, be more focused.”

Megan graduated from CCBC in 2010 and transferred to Towson University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2012.

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