GPC Success Stories
Stella Xu appreciates the opportunity to study in America. “In China it is difficult for women in their thirties to enroll in college,” says the native of Shanghai. She found that at Georgia Perimeter College, “there are many nontraditional students. Age is not an obstacle.”
After enrolling at the Dunwoody Campus, Stella took full advantage of the opportunity. “I was almost living in the faculty offices and the support services lab,” she recalls. “They explained and explained to me until I got it.”
Stella graduated with an associate degree in 2003 and only one year later received the GPC Outstanding Alumnus Award. She went on to earn a bachelor and MBA degrees in business management at Kennesaw State University.
She currently teaches business management at KSU as an adjunct professor. Her goal is to receive a Ph.D. in educational leadership. Despite her busy schedule, Stella still finds time to remain active at GPC. In 2005 Stella was appointed to serve on the GPC Alumni Association Board, and now serves as president of the Alumni Association.
A tireless community volunteer, Stella worked as a GPC student with the college Peer Leadership Program, in which current international students help new international students adjust. Nowadays, she still volunteers with the program, serving as a mentor and involving students in community activities.
“When I first came to Georgia Perimeter, I had no idea where to go, what I was supposed to do,” she recalls. “I received a lot of help from the college community—faculty, staff and students. I feel obligated to help others. This is a special place where students of all nationalities can come and achieve their dreams."