Name: Chance Simpson
High School: Macon County High School
College (Current or Future): Johns Hopkins University
Declared Major: Computer Science
Financial Aid Program: Dual Enrollment
Chance Simpson first heard about Dual Enrollment during his freshman year at Macon County High School.
“I waited my sophomore year to start taking dual enrollment classes,” Simpson said, “since I wanted to take advantage of a free college education without having to pay money out of my pocket.”
Starting spring semester of 2019, Simpson took courses at South Georgia Technical College. According to the Americus Times Recorder, “he graduated with his associate degree in Computer Networking Support just a few weeks shy of graduating from high school.”
Simpson soon learned he was one of 304 students admitted as part of Johns Hopkins University’s Early Decision II program. These applicants receive their admission offer earlier in exchange for committing acceptance if they’re accepted.
“His hard work at South Georgia Technical College is paying off and we are very proud of him,” said Chance’s father Ronald Simpson, whose son earned a full academic scholarship to the prestigious private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. “Who would have imagined Chance’s first job would be at Johns Hopkins University, an elite medical school, as a Computer Lab Assistant.”
“I always had a passion to work in the technology industry,” said Chance. “I noticed that I had a passion for coding, which made me want to expand my knowledge and learn more.”
His goal by the end of the year is to become “efficient” in the many digital languages like HTML, Python and Java. Simpson’s advice is to enjoy how you plan to spend your time in the future.
“Find out what type of career you would like to pursue in life and try to find out the best major that will help you achieve your academic and personal goals,” said Simpson. “Don't pick a career based on the salary; but (something) that you genuinely want to pursue after college.”