By Shonda Ellsberry
CCC Journalism Program
Patrick Fritsche is determined and willing to help anyone.
At 19, Fritsche is a full-time student who decided to attend Camden County College because of its accessibility. He has cerebral palsy.
His major is communications. Upon graduating from Camden County, he plans to further his education and learn what it takes to make films.
Fritsche has already written a script, inspired by a friend named Tylor he met in high school. The script, in some ways, is similar to the storyline of The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom, a philosophical fiction novel which a year after being published was turned into a movie. It is about a soul-searching journey.
Fritsche says sometimes he feels like everyone around him is doing fine except him. “I know that I am intelligent but sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough strength emotionally to make it. I don’t have very good self-esteem even though I have been successful. I want to be able to say I wrote a story that touched a lot of people’s lives and gave them self worth.”
Joanne Kinzy, director of disability services, supports students with disabilities. She ensures there is equal access at the college to meet their needs to take the next step in furthering their education. While equal access does not guarantee the success of students, Kinzy says, “It all comes down to what I call the will. One of the biggest challenges is the idea of success. Camden County creates the opportunity; however, success is up to the individual.” She says another challenge is fear of change.
Fritsche says getting good grades drives him. He works hard for them even though it may take a little more time than others. He tries to be very strategic. “At the end of the day, I want to be able to look back and say, I touched a lot of people’s hearts with my script and my movie.”
In his down time. Fritsche enjoys playing games on his XBOX.