Alexis Stiles is just 18-years-old, but she’s already got two years of college under her belt.
The member of the LFCC class of 2017 graduated from high school when she was just 16. She did this by taking 9th-grade classes when she was still at Warren County Middle School, and by combining her junior and senior years of high school.
An aspiring teacher, Stiles was named the Outstanding TRIO Graduate. Being a first-generation college student meant she qualified for TRIO Student Support Services. Students in the program receive one-on-one tutoring and advising, financial literacy training, free printing services and other resources.
“TRIO was so helpful,” Stiles says. “My advisor really helped me do what I needed to do, take the classes I needed to take. She actually helped me decide what degree I wanted to pursue. Not only that, she was also a good person to talk to when I had anything I needed help with.”
She counts Assistant Professor of English Jenni VanCuren and Associate Professor of Math Frank Borleske among her favorites.
“I had Professor VanCuren for two semesters, and she was one of my Phi Theta Kappa advisors,” Stiles says. “I really liked Professor Borleske. He was really passionate about teaching and was very knowledgeable about his subject, and he really enjoyed it.”
While at LFCC, Stiles was vice president of the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for two-year colleges, and was one of four regional officers in Virginia and West Virginia. She also worked in a bagel shop, as a gymnastics instructor and as a substitute teacher.
Although she hasn’t decided at which university she’s going to continue her education starting this summer, Stiles does know what grade she’d like to teach – 3rd because she really enjoys children of that age.
“Lord Fairfax is definitely a good place to start your college career,” she says. “The smaller class sizes are helpful because you get more one-on-one help when you need it. You get to know the people in your classes more than you would in a university. It was a lot of fun. And, it’s cheaper. That’s a plus.”