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Student Driven by Love for Computers and Helping Others



Mar 10, 2015

Five years ago, Melissa Lane made a life-changing decision – it was time to get her GED and go to college. She knew she was capable of more in life, and education was the next step she had to take. After trying other schools and feeling dissatisfied, Melissa kept looking and found American National University’s Dayton Area Campus. With the small class sizes and focused curriculum National offers, she immediately knew it was the place for her. A love for computers and technology, as well as a strong desire to help people, led Melissa to choose the cybersecurity program. Her dream career is to be an IT analyst for the FBI, and she feels this is the right starting point to achieve her dream.

Melissa has been so satisfied with her experience at National that she felt motivated to participate in the College’s Legacy Opportunity Program by referring two new students. “The staff feels like family; this is like a second home to me,” she explained. “I think a lot of people can benefit from this family-like atmosphere and small class sizes.”

She is determined to make the most of her college experience and helps others do the same by voluntarily helping new students get acquainted with the campus and assisting them with computer questions. Faculty and staff describe her as an ideal student who is willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it, and she was recently nominated as the campus’s student of the month. “Hearing staff and faculty say ‘you can do it’ and cheering me on is what keeps me going,” said Melissa. 

Cybersecurity student Melissa Lane (left) assists fellow student Robin Whitaker (right) with a computer question.

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tags: OH-Dayton Area Computer Technology: Cybersecurity - Associate's Degree (CSY)