When did you attend Temple College?

I began my journey at Temple Junior College in the spring of 1996 in the Criminal Justice program. After changing my major, I graduated with an AAS degree in Management in May 2002.

What made you decide to go to Temple College?

I returned home from the military in 1995. As a newly divorced and single mother, I was unsure of how I was going to care for myself and my young son. I found full time and part time employment at different businesses, and they were all good jobs, but I never felt fulfilled. I knew that something was missing, but I had no idea what. Although I had acquired skills in the military, my job choices were very limited at that time, so I decided to go to college and since Temple College was so close to home, it was an obvious choice.

What were your first impressions of Temple College?

During my military career, I developed friendships and familial bonds that I never thought I would experience anywhere else. But when I came to Temple College, I got just that! Everyone seemed genuinely happy to help and would go above and beyond to help me with my personal and professional goals. From assisting me with filing the GI Bill paperwork, to applying for different scholarships, to gaining employment. There was also this amazing team who managed the Single Parent/Displaced Homemakers program which assisted me with finding financial assistance for daycare and housing. Above all else, there was so much guidance and support, not just when things were going well, but especially when I faced struggles and challenges. You can’t find that everywhere, so I knew very early on that Temple College was a truly special place!

How did Temple College impact you?

Attending Temple College was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. When you attend college, you expect to gain knowledge and skills that will help you in your employment; however, I gained so much more in my time at Temple College. I’ve been able to develop a sense of self, independence, organizational skills and focus that you gain by accomplishing goals that you set for yourself. I was only able to achieve my goals because of the support I received from faculty and staff at Temple College. When I graduated in 2002 and subsequently relocated out of state, I promised myself that I would find a way to give back to Temple College. At the time, I had no idea what that would mean. Being able to come back to a place that holds such wonderful memories has been amazing! Being able to come back to the place where I found pride in community, friendships, hope, integrity and above all else, acceptance, why would I not want to be a part of it and help pass on those qualities to others.

  • Victoria Bryant