“I overcame this challenge by using a recording device to record the lectures, communicate with note-takers, and if note-takers were absent, I got the notes from another student that was in the class,” said Mendez, who is earning an associate degree in psychology.
When asked how he has changed since attending Atlantic Cape, Mendez replied, “I changed into being more responsible, independent and determined to accomplish anything I set out to do.”
During his time at Atlantic Cape, Mendez was actively involved in the Men of Atlantic Cape program, geared toward the retention and completion of minority men at the college.
Mendez’s next stop is Towson University this fall, where he will work toward a degree in Family Studies with a focus on Child Life.
In 10 years, Mendez sees himself working in a pediatric hospital as a child life specialist, and having his own house.
His philosophy for success? “Determination, it’s the key to opening all successful doors; optimism, positive minds kill negative vibes; and hunger, the smell of success makes me hungry that I just want to eat it before someone else does.” He gives credit to God and his family for helping him achieve his career goals.
“Graduating from Atlantic Cape is very special to me. I interpret this moment as a successful door that I just opened, however I have more to open.”