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Oct. 16, 2013
HCC alum aims to become journalist, screenwriter
By Jaime DiLauro
Roanoke Valley Early College PR & Marketing Intern
WELDON, N.C. – Alexis Pittman may not know what the future has in store for her, but she does know where she has been—Halifax Community College.

"I began my college career at HCC in the fall of 2008 and graduated with an Associate in Arts in the College Transfer Program in the spring of 2010," said Pittman. "The time that I spent at Halifax Community College was the beginning of an amazing journey that I absolutely love."

She cited the instructors and resources available to students at HCC as key factors in preparing her for transfer to a four-year university, calling Student Support Services "a godsend."

"The experience that I had at HCC was like a home away from home. The faculty and students were very welcoming and vibrant. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and to enjoy the times that I had on campus," said Pittman.

Her most memorable moment was her HCC graduation in May 2010. "I was excited and nervous at the same time. I had worked hard in the two years that I had been at HCC and to finally receive my Associate in Arts degree made every class, tests and homework worth it," Pittman said. "It was an ending and a beginning point in my life."

After graduating from Halifax Community College, Pittman transferred to William Peace University in Raleigh, N.C., and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in communications.

In five years time, Pittman hopes to be a journalist or screenwriter for television and film in addition to traveling. She is currently in the process of applying to graduate school and is either going to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting/Directing at Colombia University or her Master of Arts in Media Studies at the New School, both of which are located in New York. She is also interested in pursuing opportunities with the Peace Corps or the Fulbright's English Teaching Assistantship.

Pittman recognized those who have doubts about continuing their education and are concerned about student loan debt. "I would wholeheartedly encourage those who want to pursue their education," said Pittman. As a potential graduate student, she is also concerned about being unable to attend a program because of a lack of funds. However, she encourages people to pursue their education because she believes it is a means to better one's life.

"I would advise students to start early," she continued. Students should complete research, applications and study as soon as possible. She also recommended that if students are interested in attending graduate school right after graduation that they should prepare for the entrance exam in their junior year of college. If they want to wait on graduate school, finding employment to build work experience and exploring programs such as AmeriCorps, Teach for America or Peace Corps is a good place to start. Pittman emphasized that students should "work hard and follow their dreams."
Alexis Pittman
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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239