It has often been said, “Life is short, make the best of it.” For Cassie Seckel, her mantra as a student at the Columbus Campus was, “Your time is short at CCC, so make the best of it.” She did that and much more. Seckel enrolled at CCC-Columbus in 2017 after graduating from Scotus Central Catholic High School in Columbus. She studied elementary education and, in many ways, she put the “life” in student life. In addition to being a full-time student, Seckel was the manager for the volleyball team and a member of the Raider Cheer and Dance squad. She was a student ambassador and a South Hall resident assistant. Seckel was also involved in Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society for Leadership and Success, serving as chapter president for both. So, how did she do it all and still graduate with honors? “A lot of people describe me as a busy bee,” said Seckel. “I like to be on my feet. I like to be around others. I like to help others enjoy their time here on earth as well and I can only do that if I am involved in things. I would say that started day one at CCC.” 

After graduation, Seckel transferred to Peru State College, and she will graduate in December 2022 with a double major in elementary education K-8 and special education K-12. As part of her academic requirements, Seckel spent the fall 2022 semester student teaching at North Park Elementary School in Columbus. She taught second grade during the first quarter and special education during the second quarter.

“I love Peru. I loved the people I met there and loved the memories I made there, but CCC will always and forever hold a special place in my heart,” said Seckel. “If CCC were a four-year institution, I would be graduating from CCC with my bachelor’s degree.”