HCC student overcome obstacles to earn top honors

HCC student overcome obstacles to earn top honors (Image 1)

Helene Alt is not like most students at Hillsborough Community College.

For starters, she’s recently been named to U-S-A Today’s All U-S-A community college academic team.

Alt said, “to see the headline in the newspaper and then to see my picture on the website and my college’s website it feels very surreal.”

Alt has made great strides since entering H-C-C two years ago, considering the twenty-eight year old was once homeless.

Alt said of the experience, “I had really gone thru some rough times and I didn’t want that to be my story anymore, I wanted something new.”

Alt is now an inspiration to her fellow students.

Her advice to others, “never give up, the story is never done, it is never over, there is always a tomorrow and there is always a chance to start your day over.”

The native of New Jersey was encouraged by friends to come to Florida and H-C-C.

That has led her to become a member of the college’s Honor’s Institute.

Kathleen King is the director of H-C-C’s Honors Institute she said of Alt, “she is motivated to achieve on her own but also to bring her colleagues and friends along as well, which i admire in her she has done a really good job with that.”

Alt will continue her education by attending prestigious Wellesley college in Massachusetts on a full scholarship in the fall.

“I will be presented with opportunities that I can’t dream of at this point in time and I just want to make sure that I continue to take advantage of it all”, said Alt.

This Friday, she will graduate from H-C-C and plans to study bio-chemistry at Wellesley.

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