A Dynamic Sister Trio Maintains 4.0 GPA
Posted on Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Sisters, Autumn Vicos, 19, Chloe Vicos, 18, and Olivia Vicos, 16, all currently attend Gordon State College where they have excelled in the classroom, each maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.
“We had a very strong foundation at home when it came to our early years. My mom had high expectations for us when we attended school and made sure we all could read before we entered kindergarten,” Autumn explained of their educational foundation.
Not only could all three girls read before they entered school, but Olivia the youngest sister began to read at the early age of three.
The Vicos sisters, who are from McDonough, all agree reading has been a crucial influence on their educational success and one of the largest contributors to their smarts.
The Vicos sisters all began college as dual enrollment students. Chloe and Olivia currently are enrolled as dual-enrollment students, and Autumn is currently a traditional student who began as a dual enrollment student last year.
The sisters believe dual enrollment has been a great stepping stone to try out college and has helped them develop their time management and communication skills.
“I’m very thankful for the dual-enrollment program, not only am I saving money on college but it’s also preparing me for adulthood and more responsibilities,” Chloe explained about her experience thus far.
Maintaining a 4.0 GPA doesn’t come easy, and the sisters juggle more than just schoolwork; each one works part-time and is involved in extracurricular activities.
Autumn waits tables at Pilgreen’s Steakhouse and is involved in the Honors program at Gordon State College. Chloe is a hostess at Pilgreen’s Steakhouse and is a sought after freelance artist. Olivia, a 2018 Governor’s Honors Program nominee, works at her dance studio and is a member of the thespian society.
The sister trio stays busy, but they make time for one another, especially when responsibilities become overwhelming.
“We try to help each other with time management if one of us has a test, we try to lighten their load that day by helping with chores or other tasks,” Chloe explained.
The sisters have developed a strategy in helping one another and also have identical learning styles.
Autumn and Chloe believe their best studying habit is taking notes and rewriting the notes, which has been a successful strategy on acing most of their exams.
“Rewriting my notes helps me comprehend the information and has been proven to help me with my grades,” Autumn said.
While reading and studying have been the two essential ingredients to their academic achievement, Autumn believes studying abroad this summer in Ireland will also enhance her understanding and educational experience.
“I’m looking forward to studying abroad three weeks this summer and believe this will be an invaluable experience,” Autumn said.
As for their future, Autumn is pursuing her four year degree in management and administration at Gordon State College; Chloe plans to pursue an art degree at Savannah College of Art & Design, and Olivia plans to complete a four-year degree and continue her education in graduate school.
To learn more about the dual enrollment program at Gordon State College visit gordonstate.edu/admissions/dual-enrollment.