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Brooks Acknowledges A+ Program as Key to Her Educational Success

January 07, 2016

Courtney Brooks  
Courtney Brooks

Courtney Brooks is busy. As a nursing major at Southeast Missouri State University, her schedule is demanding.

Between the studying, lectures and labs, she finds time to participate in numerous extracurricular activities such as the Student Activities Council, the Student Ambassadors and on top of all that, a dance group.

Brooks wouldn’t have it any other way.

She believes her time as an A+ program student at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley prepared her to balance the classroom and extracurricular activities.

“I first utilized A+ when I attended Florissant Valley,” Brooks said. “During the first two years of my college career, I was able to use my A+ to further my goals and take more than the recommended 12 credits per semester, taking up to 17 credits during one semester. Attending STLCC allowed me to experience a college education at a level in which I was able to understand the necessities of being successful in college.”

At Florissant Valley, Brooks was involved in numerous activities. She was a Student Ambassador, co-captain and member of the Static Noise Steppers, a Student Government Association representative, an International Club member, and a Phi Theta Kappa officer and member.

Brooks graduated with honors from STLCC in 2015 with an associate degree in general transfer studies. As a junior at SEMO, she maintains a 3.78 grade point average. In addition to her nursing studies, Brooks is minoring in Spanish with the hopes of becoming a traveling trauma nurse.

“The career path of nursing is not easy, but I feel prepared to face each challenge that may arise.  I feel completely prepared at SEMO and I understand that I can accomplish anything if I work hard enough,” Brooks said.

Having high hopes for the future, Brooks is grateful for all the opportunities and help she's received over the years from both SEMO and as an A+ program student at STLCC.

“Being a transfer student hasn’t hindered me at all,” Brooks said. “I feel I’m one of the luckiest students because I’ve been to two different colleges and I’ve had the best experiences at both. I would tell other students that A+ is a wonderful opportunity that they should use to the fullest. I would not be the student or person I am today had I not started in the A+ program at STLCC-Florissant Valley. The (A+) program is a key to unlocking the doors to your future.”