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Why I Picked Montgomery College

As my time as a blogger and a student here at MC comes to a close, I thought I’d take some time to reflect on my experience here.

I’ll admit I was upset when I found out I would be attending Montgomery College—I was originally at Salisbury University but had to come home due to my Lyme disease. Everyone always called MC “high school part two” and I was not looking forward to it. But everything changed when I actually got to MC.

MC is amazing. The class sizes are perfect, the professors are so kind and you can tell they all love what they are teaching about. The people you meet at MC can become some of your best friends, too. I have met so many wonderful people and learned so many things from my time at MC.

In the classroom I learned the theories of communications, the history of jazz, what diffusion is and much more—all while being able to save money, living at home and having what I needed to get well again.

Outside of the classroom, though, I learned so much more. I learned how to come out of my shell and meet new people, many of whom became some of my best friends. I learned how important time management is—and if you get to the RV campus an hour before class you can find parking. I learned to never judge books, schools, or people, by their covers at MC.

The most important thing I learned at MC, though, is that everyone here wants you to succeed—from the professors, to the librarians, advisers and even your fellow classmates. If you need help, just ask someone. MC is one giant family rooting you on from day one, to graduation day, and beyond.

MC wasn’t my first choice, but if I could go back and change things it would have been. Nonetheless, MC has changed my life for the better in so many ways and anyone would be lucky to be a raptor.

Thank you all for “listening” to me these past 3 semesters and I can’t wait to see what comes next from MC Voices!

Have a great winter break!

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. 

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. That’s wonderful that you’ve had such a positive experience at MC, thank you very much for sharing. Your line about parking at RV is so true! Best of luck moving forward.

  2. Thanks for sharing Cassidy! It has been such a pleasure reading your blogs. I wish you the best of luck with all future endeavors!

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