Ida Ann Thompson
Major: Political Science-Prelaw
Class: Senior, Fall 2014
HomeTown: Downey, Calif.
As a nontraditional student who transferred from Paul D. Camp Community College, I thought I would have to prepare myself for the transition to Norfolk State University, but almost immediately, I felt at home.
Dr. Rudolph Wilson, who was the chair of the Political Science Department at that time, helped me align my community college courses with the curriculum at NSU. This has allowed me to work at an accelerated rate toward graduation.
The Political Science Department staff is very supportive and always makes me feel welcomed and appreciated. Because of this, I find it easy to have access to my professors in and out of my academic program. Once a faculty member from the History Department asked what he could do to help me apply to law school. How awesome is that? More importantly, when I have felt worn out and tired, there’s always a staff member there to ask me how I am doing, which means they care about me.
I believe attending college helps you understand how to embrace and overcome your challenges. Your university experience can be exactly what you want it to be. For me, attending NSU has granted me the opportunity to get to know myself and it has encouraged me to make a lasting impact on my local community.
Norfolk State University is my home, and I welcome others to come see what it's all about.