McConnell, Cleveland High School’s former student body president had a 3.7 GPA in high school and was involved in the Renaissance Show Choir, Interact and Beta Club. “Cleveland State was a great opportunity for me,” stated McConnell. I received the bradleyAchieves scholarship, so it made the most sense to come here first. Who would want to pass up an opportunity to go to school for free?”
McConnell continued, “I had lots of friends that came here, and I talked to so many people who said they wished they had come here first. I also talked to a lot of people who did go here and had a great experience. I listened to all of them, but ultimately made up my own mind. I feel like I am getting a great education, and I’m saving so much money. Cleveland State has been a good school for me.”
Much like her experience at Cleveland High School, McConnell keeps herself busy by staying involved in extracurricular activities at Cleveland State. She is involved in CSCC’s vocal ensemble Vocal Rhapsody and in the Student Senate.
“I think the key to a good experience in college is being involved. I think a lot of the people who do not like college aren’t involved. They may only go to class, not talk to their teachers and aren’t involved in student activities. I feel like doing those things has really helped me have a great experience.”
McConnell said she also likes the smaller classes. “I feel comfortable enough to ask my instructors questions. They are very willing to help. One of my teachers sings with me in Vocal Rhapsody, so we have been able to get to know each other outside of the classroom, and I have really enjoyed that. I have really enjoyed my experience here. It is such a wonderful opportunity — it would be a shame for people to pass this up!”
McConnell plans to transfer to Chattanooga State and major in the Physical Therapy Assistant program there.
Wilds was a student at Walker Valley High School, where she was student body president, a member of the National Honor Society, involved in Student Government and graduated with a 3.75 GPA.
“I chose to come to CSCC because I received the Principal’s Academic Service Scholarship,” stated Wilds. To fulfill the scholarship requirements, Wilds works five hours a week in the Enrollment Services Center at CSCC, giving tours, completing admissions packets and assisting at local college fairs when needed. “I did not want to be in debt. I did not want to have to pay school loans my whole life. To be able to get paid and leave with a check, instead of paying them, is ideal, and with my scholarships, I am able to do that.”
Wilds continued, “I have had a good experience at Cleveland State. I like that it is a smaller college, so you get to know your instructors more, whereas at a four-year university, you might not have that. They have all been very helpful and always email back very quickly, which is good.”
Wilds recently joined Phi Theta Kappa at Cleveland State. The largest honor society in the world, PTK recognizes academic achievement among students at two-year colleges and is by invitation only to students who show outstanding academic performance.
Wilds said she made sure all of her classes will transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga when the time comes. She plans to transfer there to major in middle grades education. “Before I transfer, I do plan on getting my associate degree, because I think it is better to get that degree than to transfer without it.”
“I would recommend CSCC to anyone,” Wilds said. “I think a lot of kids think they are ready to go off to a four-year school, but they aren’t. We don’t really learn how to study in high school, and CSCC really helps with that.”