Tasha Devonish, 29, of Mays Landing, always felt incomplete having not received a college degree. When asked what it means to graduate from Atlantic Cape with an associate degree in liberal arts and business administration, she replied, “It means that I had it in me all along. Atlantic Cape provided me with a second chance.”
The road to graduation was not always easy, though. “My biggest challenge was remembering that I needed to make time for myself and that taking a break from studying was OK. I haven’t been in college in almost 10 years and I had a fear of failing. After receiving all A’s my first semester back, I was disappointed in myself if I received a ‘B’ on any assignment,” Devonish said.
When asked how she has changed since beginning her journey at Atlantic Cape, Devonish said, “I have become more assertive and confident about the knowledge I possess.”
During her time at Atlantic Cape, she became a mentor for Atlantic City Youth Exposure, a nonprofit mentoring and enrichment program currently based at the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club. Ten years from now, she can see herself being a major part of a nonprofit organization, preferably created and ran by mentors of the organization.
She credits her sister, Natalie Devonish, assistant director of Student Support Services at Atlantic Cape, her 2-year-old son, and the mentors and mentees of Youth Exposure in helping her achieve her career goals.
Devonish said her philosophy for success is, “To not compromise your happiness trying to please others. When you commit to something it should be whole-heartedly so you can feel a sense of gratification within yourself; I’m experiencing this feeling right now.”
Devonish plans to go on to receive her bachelor’s degree at either Rutgers or Fairleigh Dickinson universities, and proceed on to her master’s degree.