In retrospect, Tre’Voris Word missed out on many of the benefits of being involved during his freshman year at Coahoma Community College. Now, the sophomore Pre-Nursing major has no plans on making the same mistake twice.
“I would describe my freshmen year as laid back,” said the 19-year-old, Frairs Point, MS native. “But it was my fault because I wasn’t as involved as I am this year. I know now that being active not only helps in your personal development, but it also makes everything a lot more fun.”
Word now serves as the Student Government Association (SGA) Chief of Staff, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Vice President, a Resident Assistant (RA) and as the first alternate to Mr. CCC.
After graduating from Southaven High School, Word initially had his hopes set on joining the military, but all of that changed after having a talk with his parents‑both CCC alumnus.
“They suggested I come to CCC because it could offer me a lot of great programs and a ‘homey’ feeling,” Word said. “My parents said they really care about you here; more than at some other colleges.”
After completing a tour of the campus, Word said the rest was history and the decision has been everything his parents promised and more.
“I just fell in love with it here and I knew I could see myself succeeding here,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of different new people—some from areas that I didn’t think would be interested in coming to CCC like Atlanta, Alabama, Jackson—just all different places. It’s been a very good networking experience for me.”
He credits individuals like Dr. Rolonda Brown, Fitzgerald Jones and Dr. Luke Howard for helping him to navigate through his first year.
“They were there to help me through my freshman year and make sure I had all of my business in order,” he said.
After CCC, Word plans to attend Jackson State University and hopes to one day become a medical doctor. He also plans to carry with him that important lesson he has learned during his time at CCC.
“I’ve just learned to be more involved, socialize with more people and take the barrier down,” he said. “Had I known that my freshmen year I’m sure it would have presented me with many more opportunities. But the entire experience taught me that I can’t be to myself all of the time … It’s okay to meet other people because you never know how they can help better your life.”