How I got here:
I chose EMCC because of the convenient location. It was also highly recommended by several friends. I have home-schooled my whole life and really enjoy getting to stay home with my twin sister, two younger brothers and baby sister. A big part of my life is music. I have played the violin for 11 years, and my twin sister, my brother and I play at weddings and other events. I am a member of the local Suzuki String Orchestra and the Starkville Symphony. My siblings and I regularly perform for area nursing homes. My family and I are members of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing volleyball, entertaining my younger siblings, talking on the phone with my grandparents and hanging out with my friends. I am excited about graduating from high school in May 2012.
What I’ve accomplished:
I chose the Dual Enrollment program so that I could get acquainted with the classroom setting before I actually start my full-time college education. I have been pleased with the quality of instruction. The professors are easy to listen to, and they make difficult concepts easy to understand.
Career-wise, I am still deciding between an elementary education degree and a music performance degree. I really enjoy being around children, and I like to teach. Being at EMCC has helped me, in the sense that I have gotten the chance to watch professional teachers and see what their jobs include. I hope to shadow a second-grade teacher next fall at Caledonia Elementary School. Watching my mom has made me realize that becoming a wife and mother is the highest honor. My mom has many responsibilities including teacher, janitor, chef, manager, judge and chauffeur. I want to use the next few years to focus on my education to better prepare me for the responsibility of homemaker and to give me some career options until then.
My advice to students is to pay attention during lectures, work hard on your homework assignments, and don’t be afraid to speak during class if you don’t understand something.
What her instructor, Patricia Locke, says:
Laura Sandifer is a joy to teach. She loves the violin to the extent that her future career will probably include music performance and an elementary education degree. Interestingly, the classroom in no way intimidates this high school to-be graduate of May 2012. Laura is quick to participate, is accountable and is delightful to have in the classroom. I would never have guessed that someone so at ease in college is only 15 years old!
In academic year 2013-14, Laura Sandifer is a full-time academic student at East Mississippi Community College.
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