I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and I am the younger of two children from a Jamaican single parent household. During my four years at Maryville College, I have been involved in a variety of organizations and activities – Vice President of our Black Student Alliance, MC Scotties dance team member, alto for Voices of Praise, secretary for the Student Government Alliance, and a Peer mentor. In addition to my extracurricular activities, I also had two on campus jobs – Student Ambassador and Thaw Academic Support Center Assistant. I graduated from Maryville College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development and hope to continue my education in attaining a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.
- Favorite Book: Wuthering Heights
- Favorite TV Shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Community, & Arrested Development
- Favorite Movies: My Girl & Finding Nemo
- Hobbies: Basketball & Dancing
- Fun Fact: I’m PETRIFIED of cats
Why I Love MC
The big question I get when I tell people that I’m from New York City and attend a small liberal arts college in Tennessee is, “Why Maryville College?” For me, the answer was simple; I wanted a challenge. Maryville College is not for everyone, it’s academically challenging and expects a lot of each student enrolled. So, “Why Maryville College?”
First and foremost, Maryville College offered me an education. Without the hard work and perseverance of Maryville College’s staff, I wouldn’t have been able to attend a four-year college at all. I can honestly say that Maryville College has put me on a path with unlimited possibilities. During my four years, I have had the opportunity to learn from my peers, feel the guiding hand of professors, and widen my worldview. Maryville College taught me three lessons: independence, a passion for adventure, and the most challenging of all, how to be myself. Three lessons I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
Independence. Being hundreds of miles away from home, I had to learn how to organize my time between class, work, and extracurricular activities. Learning how to prioritize my daily schedule is a lifelong skill that has brought the most success within my life. Being in an environment that fosters learning and personal development, I have learned it’s okay to speak up and to question everything.
Adventure. My adventure began the first day of school, I was told to climb a 40-foot Alpine Tower and the adventure has continued unto graduation. At Maryville, there are so many opportunities to try something new and “stretch your mind.” More often than not I was compelled to engage in a new activity. Whether it was midnight corn hole at Beeson Village, an impromptu trip to New York or building a makeshift water slide down Lloyd beach, I have learned to make adventure an important part of my life.
Being myself. It can be hard to start a new phase in one’s life and easier to forget who you are in the process. Maryville has shown me that it’s okay to be a leader and most importantly to say “no.” One thing I can say about Maryville is the challenge to leave better than when you came in.
Maryville has inspired me to grow in every facet of my life and that’s why there’s no place like Maryville College.