Believe it or not, I didn’t choose Middlesex Community College as the college of my dreams. It actually ended up choosing me…
Hi there! My name is Lauren and this will be my third year at MxCC. I’m currently a general studies major, but I’m working on all the pre-requisites and co-requisites to get into a great nursing program next fall. Funny thing is, these weren’t my plans at all when I first started looking into college my senior year of high school.
Let’s go back in time a little, shall we? I was 17, in my senior year of high school. I had my heart set on colleges like Quinnipiac, University of New Haven, and others for a marketing major. That’s right, my school preference and major were completely different than they are today. The big reason for the change is because I ended up taking a class my senior year of high school to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA. I had always been somewhat interested in the medical field, so I figured why not give it a shot? Well, I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. I enjoyed it so much, that by the end of the year, when I got my certificate, I was really questioning if I had made the right decision with my major.
Well, it turns out I had changed my mind. I ended up rejecting all the colleges I got accepted to and took the summer to think about what I really wanted to do. I found a job by the end of the summer working as a CNA, but it was only part time. By this time, it was mid-August and I was getting impatient. I was looking in the newspaper one day when I saw an ad for MxCC. I talked with my parents about it and decided to go to the campus, check it out, and fill out an application. Turns out, I got accepted right away and the staff was willing to work quickly with me so I could get started as a full-time student in the Fall of 2011. I ended up taking 4 courses that semester.
In a nutshell, I’m so glad I chose Middlesex. Even though they don’t have a nursing program, I’m excited to graduate with a general studies degree on top of getting into one of my nursing schools of choice. I’ve had wonderful experiences at this school, from super helpful professors who go above and beyond to help me out, to the small size of the campus. I never enjoyed big campuses, so this school fits me perfectly. It also made much more sense to start at a community college because I am fully responsible for paying my way through college. So I definitely didn’t want more debt than necessary.
Although I’m excited to be going into my last year at Middlesex, I’m also sad. It’s been a very eye-opening, knowledgeable, and enjoyable two-going-on-three years. I’m just happy I get to walk off the stage with my degree in May knowing I made the best decision to start my college career here.
Lauren Page is a general studies major at MxCC. She is planning on transferring to a four-year school to get a degree in nursing.