Thursday, December 5, 2019

Graduate Profile: Clay Sims

College is not a straight path for many students; each student has a unique academic journey, and it can be easy to feel lost in life sometimes.  Graduate Clay Sims is proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

Sims transferred to Vol State in the fall of 2018 after losing his ROTC scholarship at a Florida university.  He was admitted to a psych ward. 

“I really wanted to be an officer in the army, but with my medications and my mental history, I couldn’t really do that anymore.  I had to move on with my life,” said Sims.

After accepting a new life challenge, Sims transferred to Vol State and tried different health science majors before finding one that he held his interest: Radiologic Technology.

“I was first here for Veterinary Technology, but it wasn’t really what I wanted to do.  Then over the summer, I was part of a program to be a nurse assistant.  I liked helping the people there, but I didn’t really have a passion for it,” said Sims, “Now, I plan to major in Radiologic Technology, and to me it seems like a job where you use your brain more than your body, which I really like.”

Now that finals are right around the corner, Sims shared how he successfully studies by himself, which is to put all of his energy into it with no distractions.

“I would just power through it, and not play video games or watch movies until I get to the end,” said Sims, “To be honest, afterwards I just sit there with no clue of what to do because school just programs you to do all of this work.  It feels like you have to learn how to live again.”

For advice to students struggling in classes, he said, “Having a study group can be really helpful.  I joined one for my anatomy and physiology class, because it’s a difficult course, and I’ve found a group to be a part of.  I’ve found friends and people to talk to,” said Sims, “It makes going to school more enjoyable.  I’ll reminisce on the times we got our work done and then talked and laughed together.”

Now as a graduate with more wisdom and reflection, Sims has learned what it takes to get through school, and describes it as a personal commitment to graduating.

“Your grade is not just determined by your intelligence, but your attitude and your responsibility to keep up with your work…. You need the will and the courage to continue.  Everything is a choice, and you need to know how to choose responsibly,” said Sims.

-Gloria Cortes

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