"It was very, very hard, not just for me, but for him as well," Phan said. "But I think it took longer for me to adjust to the change."
Phan's intention when she started JJC in the summer of 2015 was to work hard, study hard and take care of her son.
"I was a very shy person then," Phan said. "I was not a social butterfly. I did not like to go out of my comfort zone."
But then two members of student government approached Phan and she joined in that fall, eventually serving in public relations, then as secretary and finally vice president, she said.
In the fall of 2015, Phan also learned about Alpha Lambda Phi, the current chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Joliet Junior College. Phan, already overwhelmed, joined anyway, because of, initially, the scholarship opportunities.