Attending Motlow State is the best decision I could have made when I graduated high school and began considering college. Motlow gave me hope in my educational journey, replacing the stigma sometimes associated with attending a community college. I had that stigma, and honestly, I did not like the fact that I had to attend a community college, although I liked that I could attend tuition-free with the Hope Scholarship and other financial aid.
Once I enrolled and began taking classes at Motlow, I quickly realized that I was being challenged on every level. The community college stigma was replaced by the understanding that I was going to have to earn my way to graduation. Don’t let that stigma enter your mind if you are considering Motlow. It is the right choice for you.
I benefitted from every class I took at Motlow. Each instructor brought their unique educational background to their teaching style, providing me with a well-rounded perspective. Once I started at Motlow, I knew that I was in the right place at the right time.
I took advantage of the Study Abroad program and experienced the thrill of international travel, visiting France, New York City, Broadway, Boston, and Harvard University. I doubt if I would have gotten to travel to such an extent, especially at such a young age, without the opportunities that Motlow provided. I’ll never forget those trips.
Outstanding faculty members like Dr. Phyllis Adams, who has always had a passion for student education to extend outside the classroom, guided me. Through Dr. Adams’ teachings, I found out a great deal about myself and others.
I think of Motlow as a ‘continuous growing culture’ because of the emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the second president of Motlow’s Pride Alliance group, and through traveling with Dr. Adams’ Culture and Diversity class, I learned how to respect, love, and grow together in our ever-changing society.
Motlow holds many fond memories for me, from filling out my first class schedule to the consistent guidance of my Completion Coach Sidney McPhee. I cherish being named the Outstanding Speech and Humanities Student at Student Recognition Day, and I will never forget graduation and my walk across the stage to receive my diploma.
My education journey started at Motlow and has led me to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where I continue my studies in drama and theatre with enough scholarships and aid to be debt-free. I work with non-profit theatre groups and organizations, which aid me in the expansion of my ever-growing network. This is all thanks to the education and resources that were available to me at Motlow, providing me with a firm educational foundation.
I am thankfully still a part of Motlow’s growing culture thanks to Dr. Adams and Rob Keel. I am also thankful for professors Beth Martin, Emily Seal, and Megan Johnson; my counselor Sidney McPhee, the Smyrna Campus Librarian Paige Hendrickson, Motlow’s amazing counselor Lisa Stone, and Motlow President Dr. Michael Torrence. These are just a few of the wonderful people who work hard, despite the obstacles, to make sure that Motlow stays true to its mission.
I am beyond grateful for the chance to attend Motlow. I miss being a student there very much. Because of Motlow’s resources, along with the determination, dedication, and perseverance of its faculty, staff, and administration, the future is hopeful.