Rebecca Dickson, Reporter
Turquoise glasses with a skull and crossbones, fake Harry Potter glasses and 23 others line the halls of Kristen Z. Marcotte’s house.
Living five minutes from the Pierce College Puyallup, Marcotte chooses a pair every morning, in hopes to express her personality from five meters away.
“It’s a easy way to express myself without really having to say anything,” Marcotte said. “Even without talking to someone, it gives a clue to what my personality is like.”
Marcotte has been wearing glasses since she was 12 or 13 years old. Each year, her prescription became worse and worse.
“For a long time, every year I went to get my eyes tested, I joked that my next prescription would just be a seeing eye dog,” Marcotte said. “I’ve been building my collection over the past three or four years.”
Marcotte has a glasses collection in order to coordinate with outfits and express different parts of her personality. For more than three years, she has been collecting glasses. Her current collection has 25 pairs.
Marcotte said that she gets the most compliments on her Harry Potter glasses. Although they’re plastic, they have texture, so they look like they’re made out of wood.
“I love Harry Potter, and I also love Star Wars, but they don’t have any glasses (in Star Wars) so I can’t really represent that look,” Marcotte said.
Before Marcotte came to Pierce in 2014, she worked for Planned Parenthood as a medical assistant. Her tasks involved greeting patients and checking them in for appointments.
“It was very rewarding to work with people from different socio-economic and cultural groups,” she said. “It was a very valuable thing.”
Marcotte currently works full-time while going to school as a full time student in the American Honors program. Still working with Planned Parenthood, she changed jobs to administration support, where she finds patient’s electronic health records for medical professionals.
Marcotte starts working at 6 a.m. in order to go to classes, and then studies and does homework in the evenings. Her job is virtual, meaning she’s able to work anywhere that a computer, phone and internet access is available. This allows Marcotte to schedule her own hours, making it easier to devote time to school.
When she came to Pierce, her original goal was to take some classes in creative writing. It was here that she remembered how much she liked going to school.
….“I’ve really committed to getting my associates and then transferring, which Laurie (Miller, American Honors adviser) has been super helpful with,” Marcotte said.
……..Marcotte isn’t sure where she’s transferring to in the spring, but she’s visiting Trinity, Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges in November. ……..Quality of the curriculum and class size is important to her in a school as well as having her intended majors of psychology and women’s studies.
“I’ve been fascinated by psychology since I was about in fourth or fifth grade,” Marcotte said. “I like to look on how psychology fits into society, how it fits into ourselves and others. Women’s studies is (also) a particular area of interest for me to take on.”
Marcotte is also looking for special programs for nontraditional students, as she’s not of the traditional age for most college students.
“It’s nice to have that support group built back into the school,” Marcotte said.
Marcotte plans to continue working part-time in administrative support at Planned Parenthood when she transfers to a university.
Eventually, she wants to go on to graduate school in order to get a master’s degree, which will help her achieve her goal of becoming a counselor, focusing with young women and adolescents.
As Marcotte moves on, one thing that won’t change is her glasses collection.
“It’s really an extension of my body, I don’t go anywhere without my glasses on,” Marcotte said.
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