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Blinn’s Academic Student of the Month finds success with busy schedule

Sophomore is involved in Phi Beta Kappa and Student Government Association

February 24, 2017

Chelsea Reimer has discovered that the more she accomplishes as a student leader at Blinn College, the better she performs in the classroom. Based on all the activities she is engaged in, she is headed toward quite the successful semester.

Chelsea ReimerWhile some students may wonder how they will find enough time to complete all their schoolwork, Reimer says that she actually performs better when she has many responsibilities – and she has all the responsibilities she can handle at Blinn.

“Being involved requires some organization and time management on my part, and that is a good thing,” Reimer said. “There is more to the college experience than the classroom, and it took me going back to school to realize that.”

Reimer’s Blinn College experience began after she graduated from Brenham High School in 2009. She then left Blinn, got married, moved to New York state, and worked in the military before making her way back to Blinn following her divorce.

The Brenham native is president of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), active in the Blinn-Brenham Student Government Association (SGA), and serves as regional vice president for the Texas Junior College Student Government Association (TJCSGA).

She tackles all these responsibilities while being a full-time student and serving as a student-worker in the District President/CEO’s office.

“Chelsea works tirelessly to make sure that PTK is the best organization that it can be,” said Dillon Phipps, PTK Advisor. “She gives time to so many responsibilities, but still has time to be an exceptional student.”

Reimer credits the College with helping her discover her passions and strengths as a young scholar.

“Most students are trying to transfer to a four-year institution, so being involved is a great resume builder,” Reimer said. “Being a part of various organizations has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life since coming back to school.”

Alongside the other PTK officers, Reimer helped recruit a new class of high-achieving students during rush week. PTK inducted 51 students in Spring 2016 and 68 during the induction ceremony earlier this month.

“When I returned, my younger sister was the one who introduced me to PTK,” Reimer said. “When I attended my first meeting, there were five or six students there, and that lit a fire in me to get more students involved in the organization.

“One thing that helped is that we obtained scholarships for 20 students to pay membership dues through a grant provided by the Blinn Foundation.”

As president of PTK, Reimer helped create Blinn’s first peer mentoring program. Blinn has seen immediate benefits from the program, including a 100 percent retention rate for students from YES Prep and 96 percent retention of KIPP students from the Fall semester.

Reimer intends to run for District Vice President for the Texas Regional Office of PTK. As a volunteer for the regional SGA, Reimer helped to phone bank for Concerned Veterans of America, encouraging them to vote. Working with Blinn’s SGA, Reimer helped to install benches outside the Student Center.

“I want to make my family, friends, organizations, Blinn College, and our community proud of the leader that I have become,” Reimer said.

Reimer will graduate from Blinn in May, and plans to transfer to Texas A&M University to study accounting.