Jonathan Llamas graduated from West Coast University on the honor roll and as a peer mentor to other students. Presently, he's enrolled in graduate school and working toward his doctorate in nursing.
But he didn't start off with such a stellar academic history.
"West Coast really gave me that second-chance that I needed. It was a growing experience for me during the earlier parts of my academic career," Llamas said. "West Coast really gave me that chance where I wanted to prove to myself that I'm not just a 2.0 student. I have more to offer."
Llamas first heard of WCU from his cousin who had enrolled previously. Llamas liked that there wasn't a wait-list to join the accelerated nursing program. Llamas also said he appreciated the small class sizes and the opportunity to get to know his instructors.
"I like the fact that you're able to interact with your teacher. It's one on one. You weren't just a number in the class but you were able to connect and build a relationship with your teacher and if they needed help — or if you needed help — then you could get it," he said.
But once Llamas was accepted into the program, there was no stopping him. He ended up with a 3.83 grade point average and a new-found confidence in his abilities.
"I wanted to prove to myself that I'm better than I was before. Nothing's impossible if you decide to put your mind to it," he said. "It doesn't matter how you start, but it's how you finish that really makes a difference in your career."