For a freshman in college, everything is different than it was in high school.Â New teacher, new friends — and your mom is one of the instructors. This is the case for Christian Ballas.
â€œIt is a little embarrassing to have my mom at PCC,â€ said Christian Ballas, psychology/biology.
Ballas may be a little embarrassed, but he has a lot of respect for his mother.Â â€œShe taught me to aspire to become an educated person,â€ said Ballas.
His mother, Julie Kiotas, is a psychology instructor. â€œIt is the greatest feeling in the whole world to have my son here,â€ said Kiotas.
They donâ€™t see each other a lot on campus, according to Kiotas.Â However, when they do, Kiotas will put her cheek out and Ballas will kiss it, according to Ballas.
â€œI think their relationship is good,â€ said Suzanne Anderson, psychology instructor, who shares an office with Kiotas.
Kiotas makesÂ a great office mate and colleague,â€ said Anderson.
Ballas ended up at PCC after applying to other schools, he said. â€œI wasnâ€™t happy with the schools I got into,â€ said Ballas.Â He and his mother agreed that PCC was the best choice, according to Kiotas.
â€œIt is a great opportunity for me to chose great faculty for him,â€ said Kiotas.
Kiotas leaned back in her chair, put her hand on her face and paused for a few seconds.Â â€œNo, there is not I would want to change about my son attending the college,â€ said Kiotas.
Kiotas has worked at PCC for 19 years, since 1993. At the time, Christian was only one year old.Â He remembers when he was 5 and an uncle brought him to visit his mom; she was giving a lecture. â€œThis was crazy and funny seeing my mom in front off all these people,â€ said Ballas.
â€œI couldnâ€™t do enough to repay her,â€ said Ballas.
Kiotas beamed when talking about her son â€œWe have full conversations abut his classes and whatâ€™s happening with him, at anytime of the day,â€ said Kiotas
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