All of Connor Grieve’s hard work and dedication will pay off in December when she earns her associate degree from LFCC. It’s been a long journey for the 2011 Luray High School graduate who has overcome teen pregnancy, a near-fatal car crash, single parenthood and working full-time in order to accomplish her goal.
She’s grateful for those who have supported her along the way.
“It was hard,” Grieve says. “Luray-Page County Center Manager Judy Suddith and [employee] Cindy Henry, especially, worked hard to make sure that whatever I needed, I received, and I got through it.”
Now a mother of two, Grieve works as a shift leader at a local fast-food restaurant.
“About three years ago, I was in a really bad car accident,” she says. “They almost didn’t think that I was going to come through it.”
Grieve broke her jaw, her cheek and half a dozen ribs. Her liver and spleen were ruptured. She spent about a week in Winchester Medical Center.
A class that she is taking this spring has helped alleviate some lingering pain, and has inspired her career aspirations. Her yoga class, led by Associate Professor of Biology Jeff Hollar, has led Grieve to want to become a massage therapist.
“I can’t even explain how the class has affected me,” she says. “A lot of people kind of giggle at me because of how enthralled I am by it. It’s completely changed my persona – how I think about things, how I react to things.”
Grieve plans to train in massage therapy at a massage school in Harrisonburg where her mother works as a therapist. She knows her associate degree will give her an advantage.
“My biology classes in particular will be beneficial,” Grieve says. “And, yoga puts you in the right frame of mind to help others through massage.”
She’s not the only member of her family taking advantage of what LFCC has to offer in Page County. Her grandfather, Jim Grieve, is auditing a music appreciation course being taught by Professor Heather Ankerbrand.
“They don’t give me any grades, I don’t get to take any tests,” he says, adding with a laugh, “Which is a terrible burden. So, it’s just for fun.”
Involved in music throughout his life, Jim Grieve – who has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology – is working on a community choir and plays several instruments.