Student Success Stories - Andrew McConathey
Growing up, Alloway native Andrew McConathey had lofty aspirations. He dreamed of becoming a pilot
“There’s just nothing that compares,” Andrew says of flying. “The freedom is unmatched. When you’re flying, all other worries just go away.”
A graduate of the SCC Class of 2008, Andrew is now achieving his dream. In December 2011, he graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical science, business administration minor and commmercial pilot concentration. He is looking forward to a career as a commercial airline pilot.
Andrew began at SCC through the School-to-Careers program in 2005. After graduating from Woodstown High School, he didn’t have a clear direction in which he wanted to go. So he turned to his mother, Cathy, who had recently graduated from SCC with an associate in arts degree in education. Following in her footsteps, he enrolled at the College and majored in liberal arts.
While Andrew always loved flying, he was still struggling to find his perfect fit as far as his career was concerned.
Then a friend took him flying and his future became crystal clear.
“I was hooked!” Andrew said of flying.
While a student at Salem Community College, Andrew was active as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He also volunteered to help with events such as the annual Gala, which helps raise scholarship money for SCC students.
Andrew said his experience at Salem Community College was memorable, especially the level of dedication from the instructors. “They all seemed to really care about each student’s success,” he said.
Andrew said he also recognized the value of the close-knit feel at the College, especially after his transfer to Embry-Riddle’s large campus.
“I really learned to appreciate the community college atmosphere at SCC,” he said. “You really learn to appreciate each and every person you meet.”