MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER TELLS
HCC STUDENTS HOW TO PUT THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD
Community College welcomed motivational speaker Althea
Riddick to campus Feb. 28. Currently the Vice President of
Instruction at the College of the Albemarle, Riddick has
served in a variety of departments during her college tenure
and she has been recognized throughout the Southeast for her
motivational speaking talent.
In her presentation, "Putting Your Best Foot Forward,"
Riddick compared shoes to education and skills. “It's hard
to put your best foot forward if your shoes don't fit,” she
Riddick emphasized that community college students must
decide what is important to them. She asked how much
students were willing to sacrifice to reach positive life
goals. “You must prioritize your life. …You can't keep all
of your shoes. …You have too many unnecessary distractions.
…Doing less as a way of achieving more is quite simple. The
hard part is figuring out what you want to accomplish,” said
According to her, family, friends and fans, or the three
F's, can be a student's worst enemy. “They don't understand
what you're trying to do,” she said. “They want you to do
what you've always done before you became a college student.
…Time needs to be the variable and learning needs to be
Riddick also emphasized having purpose and discipline, and
avoiding distractions and procrastination. “It's a myth that
you don't have enough time. Everybody's got 24 hours,” she
continued. “It's what you do with it that's important.”
Lastly, Riddick said, “If you choose the right shoes for the
right occasion to put your best foot forward, you will have
joy and experience happiness more days than not. …It's your
attitude that will get you where you need to be. …People
remember how you make them feel.”