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Why You Don’t Have to Be a Great Test Taker

Tonya Troka – Faculty Chair, General Studies

I grew up in a small town. I grew up in a town that had probably less than 1000 people. In high school, I was just an average student because I wasn’t a good test taker. You know I was a little nervous about going to college, but once I did, I really was able to prove myself. When I started writing papers is when I really connected. I remember getting A’s on papers and I was like “Wow, this is really awesome.” I can really write. It was a moment where I said, “Wow, it’s another validation of me, this is the path I’m supposed to be on.” And I got my bachelor’s degree and I actually was recruited to go into the master’s program. And now, I’m finishing up my doctorate degree. So who would’ve known? You know someone who’s just an average high school student, maybe didn’t score so high on my ACT - but I made it through and now I’m doing my doctorate and working for a university. It’s a dream come true. I’m in because I want students to gain the confidence that they need to achieve their goals.