How I got here:
I am 20 years old and have a huge family. I have a mom and dad, but also step-mom and dad as well. I have one real brother, five step-sisters and one step-brother. I am an active member of Auburn Baptist Church. I love to play basketball and softball. I have a horse named Sally, who I ride as often as possible. It relaxes me when I stay active doing different things. I came to EMCC through a softball scholarship. My high school assistant coach Lacy Figueroa told me to come down to try out because EMCC had a really good program. I came and tried out and about a week later got a call from Coach Kate Neely asking if I wanted to sign. I said yes, of course! I was stoked! She came to Mooreville High School the following week and I officially signed. I chose EMCC because I loved the coaches and the campus. The people were extremely nice when I came and visited.
What I’ve accomplished:
I chose physical therapy because I was in physical therapy pretty much my entire sports career … and it was something in the medical field that didn’t deal with a whole lot of blood. I also like helping people recovery from injuries because I know how it feels. I loved my teachers and advisors at EMCC. They were very helpful and explained everything well. I participated in the Relay for Life and we were the first community college to have a Relay for Life. I was a 2011-12 Student Ambassador and Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Fellowship.
I plan to attend Mississippi State University in the fall with a major in Kinesiology and a concentration in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I will continue being a student until I graduate from a Physical Therapy program in the next four to five years. EMCC prepared me for a university and helped get a lot of my courses out of the way while I was enjoying my time there.
GO TO CLASS! It pays off. I understand you will get sick or might play ball, but other than that, go to class. If you do that and most of your homework, you will be fine. Also take advantage of your teachers’ office hours. They are extremely helpful.
Her instructor, Tammy Malachowski, said:
I have had the pleasure of having Karley in General Biology I and II in the 2011-2012 school year. Karley was pleasant as a freshman, but she has matured into a wonderful young lady as a sophomore. She has consistently remained in the top 5 percent of the class, even though she is very active on campus. Her personality and helpful nature make it a privilege to have her in class and I believe she has enhanced the other students’ learning. Her character will represent EMCC well wherever she goes in the future!