Campus Connections, In the Spotlight, Nov. 23

Katie-optimizedAlumni Spotlight
Katie Wing, the sky’s the limit

Katie Wing’s life began taking off in a good way when she enrolled at SMCC’s Midcoast Campus. Now she’s excelling at Smith College.

Seeking a better future for herself and her daughter—but not knowing exactly what she wanted to do—Katie enrolled at SMCC after moving from her hometown of Lewiston to Brunswick several years ago. There, she discovered she could do a lot.

Her time at SMCC was such a success that she earned a scholarship to the prestigious Ada Comstock Scholars Program at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where she is now in her second year. She’s the Ada Comstock class vice president and a student senator and her photo was even put on the cover of a recent Smith College admissions publication.

After she graduates from Smith, Katie plans to enroll in graduate school and earn a master’s in Public Policy.

“The Midcoast Campus challenged me to be comfortable with the discomfort that comes with personal growth, and to dare to dream. The campus provided me with the tools I needed to succeed and has set me and my daughter on a completely different path in life.”

Theriault-optimizedStudent Spotlight
Autumn Theriault, future teacher

Autumn Theriault wasn’t sure of her calling until she volunteered at her children’s elementary school. Now she’s preparing to become a teacher.

College wasn’t in the cards when Autumn graduated high school, so she worked for the state for seven years in a job she didn’t particularly like. It wasn’t until she spent time in her children’s classes that it became clear she wanted to be a teacher.

Now in her second year in SMCC’s Education program, Autumn will graduate next spring. After that, she’ll transfer to the University of New England to earn her bachelor’s degree to fulfill her dreams.

When she’s not in class, Autumn is active in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while staying busy as a waitress and a mother of two children.

She says she’s always told her children to go after their passions—but until she came to SMCC she wasn’t doing the same.

“I wasn’t setting a good example for them, and it was bothering me. But now I’m going after my dreams.”