GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Hammonton Graduate Never Gives Up
May 21, 2014
Steven Hummel became familiar with his philosophy for success, “never give up,” at a very early age. Born in 1990, weighing a mere 1 pound, 12 ounces, the Hammonton resident struggled to survive for months — but he beat the odds.
He brought that tenacity to pursuing his degree in “Computing for Small Business” at Atlantic Cape. His biggest challenge was online math courses, since it was not an easy subject for him in general.
“I made sure that I kept up with the online classes and I always emailed my professor when I had questions. They always got back to me with the answers I needed.
“For math I always did the homework even when it wasn’t mandatory. This helped me a lot with tests. My brother is great at math and he was my personal tutor. He was able to teach me what I didn’t understand.”
He credits a few others for helping him achieve his goals. “I give a lot of credit to my mom. She drove me to school a lot and always told me not to give up. She is always there for me. I also give credit to my brother, Scott. He was always willing to stop what he was doing to tutor me in math. And last but not least to Professor JoAnne Barbieri. She guided me and really did make me realize that I could do this. Her advice made me keep going."
Hummel currently works part-time in the office of his father’s company, but would like to find a job in the sports industry entering statistics, preferably for a local high school, college or professional team.
If you were looking for Steven Hummel in 5-10 years, he hopes to love the job he has and own a nice home. Maybe even have a family.
“I learned I can do what I put my mind to, even if it takes me a little longer. “