How I got here:
My name is Brianna May, and I have three older brothers. I go to Concord Baptist Church in Pelahatchie. My interest has always been in sports and working in the mission field. I graduated from East Rankin Academy. I actually came to East Mississippi College through a friend to be a cheerleader – but my real love has always been basketball. I decided, though, that it would be better to go to EMCC than to sit at home and not be able to do any sports. So my friend told me to try out for cheerleading, which I did. I also joined the basketball team the same year. And I came to EMCC knowing exactly what field I wanted to study.
What I’ve accomplished:
I have played basketball at EMCC for two years and I was also a cheerleader. I was a part of EMCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and Student Government Association. My last year, I was a Resident Assistant in one of the dorms. I chose radiology because I have always been fascinated by it. EMCC has prepared me very well for my next two years, especially in the science courses. Going to EMCC has prepared me for the next level and helped me grow as a student because you had to learn to manage your time and get things done with no excuses. It helped me with learning responsibility also.
I am going next to attend University Medical Center in Jackson in the Radiology Tech program. With the great teachers at EMCC, I have been able to maintain a 4.0 for the past two years.
I think that future students should know that you have to become an adult and learn to manage your time. Good grades can take you to great places after you finish EMCC, but a lot of hard work must go into achieving this goal. I would also tell students that if you know what field you want to go into, look into it and find out what courses you need to take for your goals after EMCC. It helps so much knowing exactly what you need to take to achieve your goal.
I would also tell students to join groups to take away some of their free time because if you know you have plenty of free time to get something done, you will more than likely put it off until later and procrastinate. This will also teach you to manage your free time while meeting new people also. It is also VERY helpful to go to class! You might not feel like it, but teachers appreciate you being there and participating in their class.
What her instructor, Louise Mullins, says:
Brianna is a careful and creative thinker with an eye for details. Her class participation and team leadership was evident during class discussion and group assignments. During an intense discussion examination, I observed Brianna naturally take on a leadership role by initiating debate to formulate sounds answers. She demonstrated many of the learning techniques being discussed in class.
Because of her work ethic and commitment to excellence in personal life as well as academics, I selected Brianna for the 2012-13 Most Outstanding Student Award in Human Growth and Development.