The heroes within us

Jo Jamison

Jo Jamison

We all can be heroes.  No, we don’t wear capes or have special powers, but we all have personal villains to face and take decisive action against.


Community college students are often confronted by dark phantoms such as learning disabilities, financial obstacles, lack of support and direction, and self-criticism.


Disabilities both physical and mental can affect a student in school.  This obstacle can make students feel like they are attached to an anchor, learning new a thing does not come easy for them.  This is why we have to have a positive attitude, and a good support system.  Perseverance is the key to facing disabilities.



Money is always tight for college students.  We may even feel like a superhero that cannot afford the necessary gadgets.  This is why it is important to utilize all forms of financial aid available.  Living on Top Ramen, and buying gas with change is not going to be easy, but that’s what makes it a villain.



Many students at community college feel as if they are wandering into uncharted territory.  A large number of students at Citrus are the first in their family to go to college.  In some cases these student’s families have no clue how to support them, because they have never experienced college themselves.



These students have to be proactive in getting the help they need.  Counselors can serve as your best sidekick with giving you direction.  When students are overwhelmed need to seek help from professors, fellow students and the many tutoring services Citrus provides.



Criticism is one hell of a villain.  We have to be headstrong and not let others affect us.  When others criticize us, it should light a fire under us, not deplete us.  Self-criticism can make you feel as if you yourself are your biggest demon.  Remain positive to help keep your self-esteem at an all time high.



We all can be heroes.  As cliché as it is, we just have to believe in ourselves.