July 1, 2020

“I am very glad I was able to be a student at Great Bay because it gave me an opportunity to study what I love.”

As an international student from the Ukraine, Inna Horbovtsova faced a unique set of challenges associated with studying in a foreign country. Great Bay Community College provided the kind of friendly and welcoming community where Horbovtsova could become comfortable and thrive as a student, team member and leader.

“Great Bay Community College definitely helped me along my path,” said Horbovtsova, 26 of Exeter, who graduated in May with an associate degree in Digital Media Communications and secured a remote graphic design internship with a Texas-based software company. “I am very glad I was able to be a student at Great Bay because it gave me an opportunity to study what I love. Great Bay offered a unique experience that told me a lot about myself. I think I’ve learned that I like to be challenged and I am very goal-oriented, organized and motivated.”

In addition to her work as a student, Horbovtsova worked as a peer tutor and lab assistant in the Center for Academic Planning and Support, served as president of the International Club and as a mentor in Project GRAD. Her work in CAPS allowed her to participate in a team approach to improving her community, and as president of the International Club she sharpened her skills as a community leader.

Combined, those experiences “will stay with me forever and will be with me throughout my life.”

Noting how expensive college education is in the United States in general, Horbovtsova said she graduated from Great Bay debt-free – a huge factor in her decision to enroll at Great Bay in the first place. “I know that community colleges allow students to have a much more affordable education, so to my mind it is a better option to study in the community college first and then transfer to a university,” she said.