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I'm coming to Keene State: Azhane Mitchell

Azhane Mitchell
Azhane Mitchell

“I fell in love with the Keene State College campus,” said Azhane Mitchell, a member of the College’s class of incoming students this fall. The Springfield, MA resident said, “I like the atmosphere of the campus. Everybody is very friendly, and if you ever need anything, there is always someone to help you.”

The first in her family to attend college, she will be joining a student body of which 40 percent are the first in their families to pursue a four-year degree. Mitchell plans to major in psychology at Keene State to work in schools, and is looking forward to studying abroad. Mitchell, who attended Rodger L. Putnam Vocational Academy in Springfield, sampled several course offerings before deciding on what she wanted to pursue.

According to her guardian and grandmother, Elaine Nunes, Azhane had her mind set on Keene State. “When she got back from her trip to Keene she couldn’t stop talking about the campus,” said Nunes. “If she wants to do something she does it—no matter what it takes.”

Mitchell’s trip to Keene State was organized by Kevin Justice, an admissions counselor at the College, through the Gear Up Program—a college-readiness program that helps high school students learn about college, assists with the selection process, prepares students for entrance exams, and provides educational field trips.

Mitchell has an international perspective, as her family is from Jamaica, and observes the country’s heritage and culture. In May, Mitchell was the recipient of the Springfield Caribbean Carnival Association Heritage Scholarship. “It feels awesome,” said Mitchell about earning the scholarship. “It’s a blessing to know that people out there are willing to help you succeed.”

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