Transferring for success
Posted on: July 09, 2012
The first in his family to graduate from college, Warren Marsh II, admits he likes a challenge. “He’s worked two jobs, off campus and on campus, while completing his degree,” said Tamara Hoodye, director of Student Support Services.
A transfer student from Texas Southern University, Marsh came to COM to be closer to home. With all his credits transferring, he earned his associate degree after a year and a half at COM.
But it was a busy three semesters for Marsh. “He came in, hit the ground running. He worked hard,” said Hoodye. She described him as a role model for many students who often found him at a computer studying. “A lot of my other male students were looking up to him to see him going to class, concerned about grades.”
Marsh said that COM advisors with TRIO, a federally funded program for first-generation students, assisted him as he worked on his degree. “They do whatever it takes to help you out. They help you with books, advising. They let you know what scholarships are available,” he said. Marsh received a Pell grant for his education. “He really just needed a lot of encouragement and guidance, and that’s what we gave him,” said Hoodye.
With the encouragement he has received, Marsh is now encouraging others. He wants to inspire his siblings by “trying to be the example.” One of his brothers is at University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. His younger brother has a full scholarship to McNeese State University for football. “I’m trying to motivate my little brother to do what he needs to do, stay focused,” he said.
Since graduating, he is looking at the next step in his education. Motivated by the job opportunities and his mother's and aunt’s work in the medical industry, he wants to earn a bachelor’s degree and pursue a career in nursing. “I really want to do radiology,” he said.
At COM, Marsh learned to balance his time between school, work and friends. Despite a full load, he made time to play basketball, which he calls “my first love,” in the COM gym. He understands that learning life and time management skills was important to his success. At college, he said, “You’ve got to make your own decisions. Since I’m graduating, I guess I made the right choices.”