|“Everybody cares about each
other here. It’s a place where
you can be yourself.”
Nicola Jones ’15 is savoring her time at Manchester. She’s earning her degree in just 3½ years even though she’s changed her major several times – from pre-pharmacy to mathematics to accounting to communication studies. (MU students have three semesters to lock in their majors.)
Nicola is a Dean’s List student, a testament to the guidance she gets from caring faculty members and MU’s Career Services. It’s also a reflection of a liberal arts buffet that encourages Nicola to sample the possibilities and identify her core strengths.
“Manchester is a great learning environment” both academically and personally, says Nicola. “Everybody cares about each other here. It’s a place where you can be yourself.”
Nicola’s is a familiar name on playbills and concert programs at Manchester. She plays flute and trumpet and has held the lead in campus plays. She receives e-mails from faculty she’s never had for a class congratulating her on a “great performance” or a “job well done.”
Nicola is thrilled by the personal attention she gets from faculty. Many incorporate helpful “life lessons” into their courses, she notes. “All of my professors have cared about me as an individual.”
As a student ambassador for admissions, she shares a great story of affordable excellence in higher education with prospective students and their parents: Nicola is on track to graduate debt-free in January 2015.
MU’s great academic menu and a financial aid package that included donor-funded scholarships attracted her family to Manchester. She’s also getting a big boost from her mother, who took a second job to help with her college expenses.
“My mom would never tell me I could not go to college because we didn’t have the money. We found a way, thanks to Manchester!”