UCC student is a first-generation college-goer that inspires others.
Mindy Calvin came to UCC having never turned on a computer, and questioning whether or not she even belonged in school. Mindy’s determination to change her own life and the lives of her children fuels her growth here at UCC. She not only belongs here, she excels here.
Every skill Mindy masters, she shares with her peers. Study groups naturally bubble up around this remarkable woman, not because she has special talents or skills, but because she is an inspiration to everyone in her campus circle. She is a role model for other students who seek her out when they have questions or need a bit of encouragement. Perhaps Mindy exudes her supportive nature because of the feeling of lack of support she encounters outside of UCC. Mindy freely admits that not everyone in her personal life has been supportive of her decision to go back to school, but the “naysayers” do not deter her from moving toward her goals. Mindy simply doesn’t let negativity influence her.
Mary Stinnett, Mindy’s year-long algebra instructor at UCC, enjoys the attitude and enthusiasm she brings to the classroom. Mindy constantly reminds her classmates – of all ages – that if she can do it, so can they. She is not afraid to admit when she is lost in class, but she doesn’t let being lost defeat her. Before she gets buried Mindy asks for help and never gives up. The determination and perseverance shown by Mindy to change her family history for the better is contagious not just to her peers but to her UCC instructors.
Photo: Mindy Calvin (Top) Credit: UCC Staff
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Associate Professor, Mathematics