MCC Graduate Hopes to Inspire Others to Get an Education

        (Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 13, 2004) - Graduating Manatee Community College (MCC) sophomore Mischa Draime, 29, hopes the story of how she made a life-changing decision to put education first will inspire others who follow in her footsteps. Draime is the student speaker at Winter 2004 graduation exercises to be held Friday, Dec. 17, in Neel Performing Arts Center at MCC Bradenton.

       Draime had been told that if she didn't go to college as soon as she finished high school, she'd never make it, and that she wouldn't amount to much in her life as a result. She had a full-time job at Tropicana when she began taking a few classes at MCC in the summer of 1999. She had been working for three years and just purchased her first home. Working long hours and trying to fit in study and classes in between work shifts proved a daunting task. At age 24, Draime decided to prove wrong those who said "you can't." She sold her home, quit her job and decided to invest in herself and her future.

       While studying at MCC, Draime has worked part-time as a student assistant in the office of enrollment services and met many nontraditional students like herself. She has been on the Dean's List, is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and made time to inspire others as an MCC Student Ambassador. In May, she goes on to Florida State University, where she will major in education. She hopes to eventually teach science to middle or high school students.

       "As I am about to make the transition from MCC to Florida State, I look back on the stepping stones of my life and hope I have left a good example and inspiration for future students, no matter what their age," said Draime.


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