Germanna Community College has launched a new Student Success Coach Program. The coaches will stay with students all the way through their time at Germanna, giving them the help they need to succeed in college and in life.
We'll meet each of the coaches in a series of Q&A profiles--Student Success Coach Sandra Haynes works with students at the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania.
· Where are you from?
I am from Maryland, but have lived in the Fredericksburg area most of my life.
Where did you go to high school and college?
James Monroe High School.
Germanna Community College--General Studies, and Paraprofessional Counseling Certificate.
University of Richmond--Liberal Arts, B.A.
Liberty University--Human Services-Counseling, M.A.
How long have you worked at Germanna?
I have worked at Germanna over three years.
What do you like about working at Germanna? About being a Student Success Coach?
I like working with students. As a Student Success Coach I am able to work with students one on one in assisting them in reaching their academic goals.
What’s the biggest challenge you face in your job?
Staying away from all the candy and treats the other coaches bring in to share.
What’s your advice for Germanna students?
Be patient with yourself and stay focused. Keep your eyes on the prize.
For students graduating from high school and thinking about college?
Stay in school! It is easier to stay in school then to have to go after you have a family and other adult responsibilities.
For older students thinking about returning to college?
Breathe and be patient with yourself. You can do it. Make sure you keep an appointment book.
· What misconception does the public have about community colleges and community college students?
Some may think students will not get as good an education from community college as they will from a university. That's not true. Community college offers a great education, it’s affordable, and it’s easy to transfer to a four year college when you complete your associate’s degree.
Are you married? Do you have children?
I am divorced and have two great boys.
Fun fact about you?
I am a “tomboy” at heart. For example, I enjoy riding dirt bikes, four wheelers and target practicing.
What’s your favorite book?
“The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino.
Your favorite movie?
“Pay it Forward”
Your favorite TV show?
“The Big Bang Theory”
Your favorite sport and team?
College football--Liberty Flames and University of Richmond Spiders.