For Southeast Tech alum Adam Ewing, Phi Theta Kappa honors paved the way to 4-year college success
Adam Ewing was given a small push, took a big chance, and had a stroke of luck. Before coming to Southeast Technical in 2014, he was working odd jobs while living in his home town of Buffalo City, WI. He had graduated from high school ten years previously, but put off continuing his education. Then his grandmother gave him the little push he needed to start doing more, and he made up his mind to go to college.
Southeast Technical was a good fit for Adam as it was local and affordable. What he didn't know when he turned in his application was that Southeast Technical would lead him to a 4-year university in Shawnee, Oklahoma, some 900 miles away from home.
While attending Southeast Technical, Adam began taking general education classes with the intent to transfer. He soon excelled in his studies and was invited to become a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society. Membership in PTK requires a 3.5 or higher grade point average and completion of at least 12 credits.
Adam stood out to his instructors as an honest, kind and hard-working classmate and student. History instructor Chris Stout nominated Adam for the All-USA Community College Academic Team. This is a PTK honor that recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service.
"Adam was always a serious student, the kind of student that you want to have. He would participate in class, ask questions, stay late. Coming back to college as an adult, he took the opportunity to get an education seriously," remembers Chris Stout.
A big chance, a stroke of luck
Encouraged by the honor, Adam took a big chance. He applied for admission to a highly-rated, private liberal arts school, Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU). "The award helped me receive a scholarship to attend OBU. It got people to notice that I was a good student. It opened up so many doors for me." Adam said. "I wasn't sure I wanted to go so far away from home, but I'm grateful that my instructor, Chris Stout, gave me the final push to take a chance at the opportunity."
Having just finished up his first year at OBU, Adam is succeeding in the News and Information (Journalism) program. Still maintaining a GPA above 3.0, Adam says the work has been challenging but rewarding.
After writing a blog for a class last semester in a topic of choice, Adam had a stroke of luck. His article was picked up by a boxing website based out of Brooklyn, New York, www.brooklynfights.com. He now writes on a regular basis for the website, gaining exposure as a sports writer on a national level. He is also the sports editor for the OBU school newspaper.
"Thankfully I had my instructors at Southeast Technical to guide me, and with the help of my advisor at OBU my credits transferred," says Adam. "There are so many opportunities out there -- don't settle for what you already know."