GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Galloway Resident Finds His Voice at Atlantic Cape
May 19, 2014
Galloway resident Felix Contreras has already accomplished more in his 23 years than most do in a lifetime. When he began his academic career at Atlantic Cape, he struggled with not believing he was good enough for college from being told in middle school and high school he had a learning disability. One would find that hard to believe about the graduate now, who is gearing up for his paid internship at the National Institute of Health working on clinical research. He then plans to attend University of Pennsylvania.
When asked what his philosophy for success is, Contreras replied, “Do not ever let society label who you should be,” which clearly Contreras is living proof of.
Contreras used the tutoring labs as a valuable resource that didn’t just benefit him academically, but also introduced him to new people and various clubs. Some of the clubs he was actively involved in are Men of Atlantic Cape, Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Environmental Club, EOF and Gear Up.
If you are looking for him in five years, you probably would want to start at the National Institute of Health, where he would be pursuing a fellowship. 10 years? Attending Yale School of Medicine working on his MS/Ph.D. His goal is to be a physician-scientist with a focus on addiction.
“Graduating from Atlantic Cape symbolizes a complete 180. It represents who I was going in and who I am now coming out. A transformation, a metamorphosis of a new perception of life and the world around me. Graduating from Atlantic Cape is the personification I needed to acknowledge that I am good enough. And now is the time to let the world hear my voice.”