By Ryan Diminick
The soft melody from the guitar strings hit my ears with serenity, where the sound could be heard throughout the room, bringing another dimension to what was already an extraordinary event. I, along with my academic peers, was in the Grand Conference Room amid the nota bene 2014 celebration.
Paintings, sculptures, samples of essays and photographs were among the works displayed throughout the room in an event that could not be described as anything less than stellar. Showcasing various student accomplishments in the visual and performing arts, literary arts, sciences, nursing and more, the nota bene celebration was a shining example of the grand opportunities offered here at Raritan Valley Community College.
At affordable costs, RVCC offers a high-quality education right in the students’ own backyards. It also acts as a second home for students, who come to interact with their peers, building personal and professional relationships along the way. Through one on one interactions, students are able to build close ties with faculty members and advisors. RVCC has proven to be a place where students can build themselves not just academically, but also through extracurricular activities, including sports and student clubs.
A step up in the educational ladder, the college experience is a breath of fresh air. As a departure from the often-mundane life of high school and all that comes before it, and by taking the opportunity to acquire knowledge in the fields they want to pursue, college offers the opportunity for students to grow and work toward becoming powerful influences in the world.
College life acts merely as a prologue. A prologue to a life of great, infinite opportunity. While a lot of work and dedication is required to fully appreciate this experience, those who are hungry ultimately find the challenge rewarding.
Surrounded by friends, family, faculty, administration and peers, those awarded “nota bene” know these truths. They have seen the benefits and opportunities that higher education has to offer. And they, along with every other student, will continue to achieve the best that this world has to offer.