Outstanding student loves to help others
Christina Peltier enjoys helping others. Learning to ask for help has put her on a successful path as a
For her academic excellence and service to others, Peltier is the 2013 George E. Potter Outstanding Student Award
winner. Peltier started at Jackson Community College in 2009, after having been out of school 10 years. She only attended one year of high school and completed her GED, so starting college was a little scary,
“I remember feeling so overwhelmed by the thought that I missed three years of high school, and now here I am, trying to get a college education,” Peltier said. With the help of her professors, a JCC counselor, and the support of the TRiO program, she has overcome her anxieties and excelled.
Placing a priority on completing her college education, Peltier has built a strong network and support system on campus that she can turn to when she needs help. She keeps in touch with all her professors, knows many staff members in Student Services and Center for Student Success, and knows many in her nursing program.
Several fellow nursing students and two faculty members nominated her for the Potter Award. “Last semester, Christina spent time tutoring other students... She provided transportation for others that needed it and went over and above whatever was being asked of her. She always has a good attitude and a determined mind, she has a devotion to team work and will be an excellent nurse one day,” one nominator wrote.
Peltier is grateful for all the support she’s received at JCC.
“There is no way that I would be here right now if I didn’t have a lot of encouragement from my professors. I did not believe in myself, but I had several key professors when I was trying to get into the nursing program that pushed me out of the nest and said, ‘You can do it.’ It took that for me to be brave enough to try.”
Peltier chose to study nursing because she enjoys the science involved, and she was attracted by the opportunity to care for the whole person. She had worked as a certified nursing assistant and volunteered at long-term care facilities, which gave her an idea of what the career was like.
In addition to her classroom work, she has volunteered at a flu clinic, spoken to fellow students at Project Success Day, serves as a tutor, is involved in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and has visited GED preparation classrooms to share her own experience, encourage them to complete their GED certificate and then enroll in college. A recipient of the Jackson Community College Foundation’s Wickwire Scholarship, she has shared her experiences with donors at both the Starry Night fundraiser and at the Investing in the Future scholarship night. Peltier was also recently recognized as part of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Michigan Academic Team, one of two students representing JCC.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that, with anything in life, you never know if you can unless you try. The worst that can happen is you are told no. I have gotten to where I’m comfortable asking for things. I’m very honored that I have done well, but if I didn’t reach out and try and ask for help, I wouldn’t have gotten here.”