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Student Success Stories

Nicholas Plants

When philosophy Professor Nicholas Plants starts off a new semester at Prince George’s Community College, he makes a point of telling his students that he too attended the college. “I let them know my history at the college, that this is not just a job to me,” he says. Dr. Plants attended Prince George’s Community College for a year shortly after graduating from Laurel High School. He then transferred to Salisbury University, where he fell in love with and majored in philosophy. He received his doctorate from St. Louis University in 2000 and returned to Maryland. After four years as a faculty member at Mt. St. Mary’s University, he accepted a position at Prince George’s Community College, where he began teaching in January 2004.

The experience has been uniquely rewarding. “I felt and still feel that when I teach, my teaching has an added dimension to it because I’m doing for my students what people did for me long ago, something meaningful that made a big difference in my life.” Dr. Plants describes the support he received as a student as instrumental to his success. “The college was a place that I really needed at that point in my life because I had to prove that I was capable of doing college-level work. Prince George’s Community College was there for me. The experience was fundamentally important in my development, both academic and also personal. Without Prince George’s Community College, I wouldn’t be in academia.”
Nicholas Plants