My name is Leigh Ellen Barefield and I am 19 years old. In the photo, I’m on the right, with my friend Mallory Pace of Meridian. We were attending the Reality Fair as EMCC Student Ambassadors. I came to East Mississippi Community College in the fall of 2009. I chose EMCC because it was very close to home, it offered great academic scholarships and it gave me a chance to continue my softball career.
What I’m doing:
My major is Secondary Education with an emphasis in mathematics. I want to be a math teacher because I love to help others. I love to solve problems and find answers to questions. At EMCC I was very blessed to have great teachers who have inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I believe EMCC has an outstanding teaching staff and I am very glad I made the choice to attend college here. At EMCC, I am a member of the softball team, Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government and Student Ambassadors. All of these clubs helped me to show leadership and responsibility. In Phi Theta Kappa, I was very fortunate to be nominated to the All‐State team and to receive a scholarship to further my education.
I plan to further my education at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. I plan to become a math teacher and receive a degree that will allow me to teach at the college level. Attending EMCC was a great choice for me because it helped me adjust to the college lifestyle. EMCC helped prepare me for the next level, and I am very glad I chose EMCC as my community college.
My advice: Study hard and believe in yourself. Also, get involved around campus because that’s the way to make new friends. If you work hard, good things will happen.
Her instructor, Janet Briggs, says:
Leigh Ellen is a “one of a kind” student. I never once asked Hootie to do something that it was not done – and done to the best of her ability. With the College Project (PTK), she took ideas and ran with them. In class and with PTK, Hootie was sometimes even one step ahead of me. She anticipated what needed to be done, would do it and then come tell me it was done. She is a rarity.