As I come to the final month of my time at Anna Maria College, I find it almost overwhelming to reflect on my four years here. In 2010 when I was fresh from the classrooms of my high school, I found myself in a new era of my life that I had not adequately prepared for. During my first semester, I struggled to keep up with the increased demand of succeeding and I thought that I may not be able to reach my goals. However, being at such a small institution, I quickly found myself surrounded by the right group of students—both upperclassmen and those in my own class—who showed me how to get the most out of my Anna Maria College experience and turn myself around.
As the years went by, class-by-class, semester-by-semester, I finally reached my senior year. As I sat in my first class as a senior, I looked back and realized how much I had done in what seemed like such a short period of time. Through being an orientation leader alone, I had worked with various freshman classes and saw in a lot of them what I saw in myself when I was in those students’ shoes. Some were confused, some were prepared, and some were in-between. I was able to reassure them that even if they didn’t know exactly what they wanted to do in life, they had plenty of time, resources and support at AMC to help shape their future.
In addition to learning from my peers, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with various administrators at Anna Maria College. Many have become my mentors, as well as some of the greatest advocates for student success that I know. I remember vividly President Calareso’s speech on move-in day in August of 2010. He encouraged us to absorb everything and anything we could while at Anna Maria College. I’m certainly glad I took his advice.
Now, with graduation being merely a blink away, I look to the next phase of my education. I’ll be attending the Higher Education Administration graduate program at Merrimack College, where I’ll also be part of a fellowship program in the Office of Academic Enrichment. My undergraduate experience at AMC helped shape my intended future and I look forward to making a career out of helping students make their transitions into higher education.I often remind myself that I more than likely wouldn’t have gotten to this point in my life if it wasn’t for my experiences, support and growth at AMC. It’s amazing how much can change in just four years. Between the friends you make, the ones you lose, the goals you reach, and the new goals you set, the Class of 2014’s upcoming commencement is a culmination of what each of us achieved as individuals over these critical last four years.
This week’s blog showcases an interview with Sarah Collins, a senior and Music Education Major at AMC. Sarah is very active on campus and is the President of the Music Education Club, Publicist and Pit Director for the Zecconian Players and a former SGA Senator for the School of Visual and Performing Arts
Here’s what Sarah had to say:
Why did you choose AMC?
When I was in high school looking for colleges, my band director suggested AMC because of its strong music program. He got me in touch with the band director at the time and we really hit it off. I came for my audition for the music program and met many of the professors and knew it was the right fit for me.
What did you like about AMC when looking into this school?
One of the best aspects of AMC is that it's a small school where you're not a number, but you're a person. During my time here at AMC, I have been able to get specialized help on various subjects due to small classes and professor availability. I also like that when I came for my audition, the professors and students alike wanted to get to know me and came right up and introduced themselves. Once I officially decided to come to AMC and when I came back, the professors and students remembered me. That's what's important to me.
What are your favorite aspects about this school?
One thing that I really like about this school is how involved the students are with the Student Government Association (SGA) and all the clubs we have on campus. I have been a very active member of the SGA and have worked with various people around campus to make this school the best it can be.
Recently, the school redesigned the library and we now have an Information Commons above the library to study and use the computers and printers. It has been a great addition to this school to give us more opportunity to study and do homework.
Anna Maria College is a great choice for continuing your education. It offers a variety of majors within six different academic schools: Business, Fire and Health Sciences, Justice and Social Sciences, Education, Humanities, and Visual and Performing Arts. The class sizes are small so you are able to get to know your professors and receive more individualized attention.
Anna Maria College also offers 17 Men’s and Women’s athletic teams and a diverse group of clubs one can join. More importantly, students go to college to further their education and to gain the knowledge and experience to start a career. AMC has the programs and resources to assist students successfully enter the workforce. The College also has a Fifth year option for students to obtain their master’s degree.
Another positive is Anna Maria College’s affiliation with the Higher Education Collaborative of Central Massachusetts. This organization allows students to take classes at 11 other schools for no additional cost, which means you can take a class of interest to you that might not be offered at AMC.
Finally, AMC is a great choice because you will get a great education and it will set you up for a successful career.
When I was a senior in high school and looking at colleges, there were a number of factors that were important to me. The first, and one of the more important factors was that I wanted to go to a smaller school. I didn’t want to go to a college where I was just a number in a huge lecture hall. I wanted a school where my professor would know my name and face, and where I could get help if I needed it.
Another factor was the athletic department. I was a member of the golf team in high school and I wanted to play in college. Anna Maria College helped me achieve that goal, and I have had a great time with my fellow team members.
I was also looking for a school that had a variety of majors to choose from because I was unsure if a degree in business was a good choice for me. Because AMC offers so many choices, I was able to take business classes and criminal justice classes to see where I fit best. I decided that business was the right major for me.
Next week I will discuss why I think you should choose Anna Maria College.