ENCOURAGED BY HER SISTER, TAYLOR CHESTER EARNS ASSOCIATE DEGREE WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL
It’s a big summer for Taylor Chester. The 18-year-old from Penfield will earn an Associate of Arts degree from Lorain County Community College, earn her high school diploma from Keystone High School and travel to Europe.
Chester first took advantage of Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) courses offered inside her high school after her older sister, Cristy Plas, encouraged her to enroll. After her first course, Chester was hooked. She continued taking PSEO courses offered in her high school, as well as enrolling in courses on the LCCC campus and online courses. When she first came to the LCCC campus two years ago, she met up daily with her sister.
“She and I used to meet every day before classes and talk and she would walk me to all of my classes until I got the hang of where everything was,” Chester said. “It was incredibly nice having her there to help me, since I literally knew nobody at all.”
Once she had the hang of college courses, Chester decided to help other students by becoming a Peer Advocate through the Connect2Complete program. Plas is also an advocate and the sisters spend a lot of time together.
However, even when Chester and Plas aren’t together on campus, Chester frequently gets mistaken for her sister.
“We're almost too much alike for our own good sometimes. It's so funny. I've had random people come up to me on campus that I've never seen in my life say, ‘Do you know Cristy Plas? You two have got to be related,’” Chester said.
When Chester returns from European adventure, she will attend Ohio University to study international business in the honors College of Business program with a minor in journalism.
Plas will graduate on May 18 with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Cleveland State University through The University Partnership. Click here to learn more about Cristy Plas.