The first thing you notice when you meet Qarahn (pronounced Kur-ron) Anbiya is that he’s very articulate. Words seem to flow effortlessly from his mouth.
And he likes to talk – a lot. By his own admission, Anbiya is very “social.”
“I love to be outgoing. I just like to get out there and meet people,” he said.
This is Anbiya’s first year at GCC. If all goes according to plan, it will also be his last. He’s been loading up on the credit hours and expects to graduate this summer then transfer to VCU and eventually become a high school English teacher.
But Anbiya adds that he’s leaving the door open to other possibilities down the road.
“I also love communications so I’m thinking about doing dual-majoring in that. It’s something else to do because I don’t want to be in education forever. I want to get out there and experience more of the world!”
Even though his adventure in higher ed has been relatively short, Anbiya says he’s discovered a lot of new things on the GCC campus – support and friendship chief among them.
“I know several of the deans – they all love me. I talk to them at the Welcome Center. It’s been absolutely fantastic.”
But the one thing he did NOT expect to find at GCC was an intellectually-stimulating environment.
“Because community college is stigmatized so I didn’t expect intellectual conversations. But I go there and I’m talking about philosophy, analyses of Harry Potter and TV shows. I’m having actual intellectual conversations about all of these things I never expected to before with community college students.”
Anbiya says he’s also talking to veterans and learning a lot about students’ diverse backgrounds.
During his visit to Richmond for Every Day Is Community College Day, Anbiya seemed impressed with the workings of the state legislature and was eager to speak with lawmakers about his community college experience.
“This is an amazing idea – you guys should definitely keep funding it! With the Governor’s budget coming around, I can tell you right now that enrollment would boom!”
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