Home schooled and the youngest of six children, Cynthia Forrester, portrays the word “determined.” At 17, she is graduating from Lord Fairfax Community College with an Associate of Science degree. She was a dual-enrolled student at the age of 14, and states, “Everything about me is associated with LFCC. I’ve spent most of my adolescence here.”
She aspires to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and will advance to The College of William and Mary this fall as a pre-medicine major. She has volunteered during the past two summers at Warren Memorial Hospital with a wide variety of duties, but working with seniors in the retirement center was her favorite.
As a member and chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, she has been involved in creating a documentary entitled, “Borders and Boundaries We Put on People in the Prison System.” Other projects this year included Frederick County’s Relay for Life Cancer Walk and the Congregational Community Action Project whereby she collected and donated blankets for the poor.
Besides attending college, Cynthia is a work-study for LFCC’s Workforce Solutions, and an employee of Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. She loves the arts and says, “Playing violin and participating in drama groups makes life interesting.” She started Krav-Maga (Israeli self-defense system) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu last summer and attends classes weekly.
After graduation, Cynthia is traveling to Ireland. Thus far, she has visited China, South Korea, and Mexico. She currently resides in Front Royal, Virginia with her family.