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So You’re New To MC Rockville

I’m back!

I am so excited to be partaking in my third (and final) semester as a student blogger here at MC. This is my last semester here at MC, so I am going to be sharing my journey to graduation—and beyond—with all of you!

This semester, I will be solely at the Rockville campus. Last year, I had one class in Rockville (and I only ever went into that building and nowhere else) and the rest of my time at MC has been spent at the Germantown campus. So, spending 7 hours in an unfamiliar place has been pretty daunting. To ensure this semester was another success, I took the time to get to know my new campus.

First thing I learned is that the Rockville campus is huge compared to the Germantown campus—there are twenty buildings at Rockville and only eight at Germantown. You can also take a virtual tour here.

Before the school year started, I downloaded the campus map and found where my classes are being held. Then, I looked for some other key places that may come in handy.

On the Rockville campus, the Library can be found in the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Tower, or MT building. This place is amazing! There are computers and work tables everywhere—it’s a great place to get together to work with classmates. You can also work in the Science Center building, SC, and you can check out the new dinosaur skeleton too!

The Student Services building, or SV, is where you can find assistance with registration and financial aid. There are also a ton of beautiful places to sit and work outside that I am loving!

Now, perhaps the most important building on campus is the Campus Center, or CC. This is where you can find the cafeteria, bookstore, coffee shop, and much more!

The beginning of the semester can always be a bit scary, and starting somewhere unfamiliar can be extra scary. Hopefully, these little tips will help you start the semester off right at the MC Rockville campus.

Where are your favorite places to go on the Rockville Campus?

Cassidy Colbert

I am a 19-year-old lifelong resident of Damascus, Maryland. I am in my 3rd semester as a part-time student at MC. I plan on getting my Associates Degree in the next couple of years and then transferring to the University of Maryland at the Universities at Shady Grove (health permitting).

MC has been my academic home for the past year and I could not be happier. I started off my collegiate experience at Salisbury University in the fall of 2015, but due to my Chronic Lyme Disease, I was forced to drop out. I thought my academic life was over, as I was too ill to handle a full course-load, but that is when I discovered the part-time option at MC. MC gave the choice to take as many, or as few classes as I wanted, and because of this, I am now back on track to getting my degree. MC also offered me disability support services to further assist me in accomplishing my dreams.

I hope that this blog can help other students like me to see that even though they may not be taking the “traditional” route towards higher education, MC offers load of opportunities that will get us where we want to go. Whether you aren’t sure where you want to end up in life, or have another obstacle, like a chronic illness or disability, you can still reach for the stars and accomplish anything they want to here at MC. 

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