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Get To Know Your Classmates

Do you know your classmates? Or do you just got to class, keep quiet, then leave? I used to be the latter. But I have come to find out that getting to know your classmates, especially at a school as diverse as MC, is pretty amazing.

When I first started at MC, I would go to class, do my work, and not talk to anyone. Luckily for me, I was in a biology class last year that forced me out of my shell and introduced me to some pretty amazing people⁠—one girl was even an exchange student from Brazil. Because of this, I have learned to start talking to my classmates and to get to know them.

Now I know it can be a little scary to initiate the conversation so I thought I’d give you some MC conversation starters:

  • What’s your major?
  • Where did you go to high school?
  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do?
  • What classes are you taking?
  • What are your plans after this?

These are just a few openers to get the conversation started and you never know what you’ll learn from there. For example, this photo features my friend Art. He’s in my Comm 220 class. Art used to be a High School Counselor and grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he saw his first Broadway show My Fair Lady with Julie Andrews. I never would have learned all of this, and what an amazing person he is, if I hadn’t been open to a conversation.

Everyone has a story, and in a school as diverse as MC, you never know who you will meet. So, I implore you to get to know your classmates. You never know the incredible life the person next to you is leading until you ask.

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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  1. Hi Cassidy,
    Some courses of study really lend themselves to group interaction and conversation. Art classes are great for this — class critiques, walking around to see what the others are doing, and working together on complex projects. MoCo is full of very interesting students from all walks of life. It’s easy to make new friends here! Arleen

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