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“Be active and work hard in your classes and the opportunities will present themselves in ways you never thought possible."
Andrei Shulgach completed his homeschool education in 2014 prior to enrolling at Harford Community College at the age of 15 – a couple of years ahead of schedule. Now he enjoys being an HCC student, has formed great relationships with faculty and staff, and participates in a variety of extracurricular activities.
Andrei was not the first in his family to attend Harford. His older brothers are alumni and encouraged him to take classes at HCC; that’s one of the reasons he decided to come here. It was also convenient to home, affordable, and allowed him to continue pursuing his passion. “Because I’m self-employed and work from home, it was extremely easy for me to continue working while also attending classes.”
An entrepreneur and artist, Andrei creates video games. In addition, he is a freelance composer and writes music for films and video games. He says he loves writing musical scores and orchestrations. Andrei greatly enjoys working in the virtual entertainment industry. “I own a video game company, so I'll be establishing that as a business as much as I can in between working on transferring to schools and finishing up studies for the semester.” He continued, “I hope to run my company to the point where I’ll be able to publish other video games and be in the managing position. I’m working my dream job now, but the only thing that would make it better is if I were working with a larger team and writing music for bigger films.”
He served as president of the HCC Homeschoolers Club and as an HCC Marketing Ambassador. As an ambassador, he interacted with members of the College’s Marketing department, working both in front of and behind the camera. He and other ambassadors appeared in photo shoots, which he described as fun events. “I enjoy being in-front of the camera, so I definitely found it worthwhile. The biggest thing that I took away from it was really the relationships that I formed with the Marketing team. Every faculty member I've met has been a delight, and it's been a great experience getting to know them much better. I had the opportunity to become one of the video producers for the school, creating promotional videos.”
Andrei enjoys being an HCC student. “. . . I've been pleasantly surprised with how willing the faculty is to help their students and make sure they succeed. I've enjoyed getting to know most of my professors, and I regularly stop by their offices to check up on them and see how they are doing. I've enjoyed being the President of the Homeschoolers of HCC Club to help new students get the resources they need to succeed at HCC. It's a great feeling knowing that you have the power to help others.”
His advice to other students: “Be active and work hard in your classes and the opportunities will present themselves in ways you never thought possible. The people you meet can become very influential, and if you find other students who have the same passion and drive as you do, it motivates you to do great things.”
Andrei, a Computer Science major, is on track to receive his Associate of Science degree with High Honors at Commencement later this month. After he graduates, he plans to transfer to a four-year institution.
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