Ten years ago Daniel Chitty couldn’t see college in his future.
“I was struggling to find a place where I fit in; I thought I was destined for a below-average life,” says Chitty. “I tried college once, and it didn’t work. I hesitated to give it another try.”
While doing accounting and administrative work at a local dental office, Chitty realized he wasn’t living up to his potential. With the encouragement of his boss, he enrolled at ACC and set his sights on dental school. It started off slowly with just a few courses.
“I wanted to prove that I could handle college. I gradually progressed to more difficult courses and then I found myself excelling,” says Chitty. “I made it into the honor society and it pushed me to another level.”
Chitty volunteered to lead the ACC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and later was elected a regional officer. In 2013 he was named international president of the honor society.
Chitty will be among the hundreds of ACC students participating in the college’s spring commencement Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center.
“This is an exciting time for the college and our students,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “We’re so proud to see their hard work come to fruition, and the ceremony honoring that work is always a thrilling evening. You can feel the excitement.”
Chitty will receive ACC’s Presidential Student Achievement Award during commencement. He will transfer to the University of San Antonio Health Science College, one of the nation’s premiere dental programs. Chitty is one of a few accepted into the program without a bachelor’s degree.
“I started off at ACC unsure,” he says. “I am now more prepared than ever to begin my new life. I also firmly believe in paying it forward. I could not have accomplished all that I have on my own. I look forward to the opportunity to be a mentor to others who may be struggling.”
For more details on the graduation ceremony, visit austincc.edu/graduation.
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