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My Manchester Story

Shelbi Corlett

by Marie Fisher | Sep 21, 2021

Tell us about your journey in serving for the U.S Army!

I joined when I was 17 so that I could go to college. I knew I wanted to go to college but I was not sure what for. I became a National Guard Recruiter while I was figuring out what I wanted to do. I have been in for four years now, and all my professors are super helpful if I have training during classes.

What made you decide to attend Manchester after serving?

Manchester was a school I had always loved all through high school, but I had decided not to go to college after graduation. A year into a job I didn’t love I got a follow up letter from Manchester asking me how life was going after graduation. I scheduled a visit to once again get more information about the campus. Being at a smaller campus, my professors are very understanding that my situation tends to be a little different from my peers.

Why did you choose business management as your major?

I already had many credits that I was able to transfer from my service before I started classes here at Manchester. I also enjoyed the real world application of the business classes Manchester offers.

What are you involved with on campus?

I am a resident assistant on campus, and I’m also involved in the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and the College of Business Club.

Can you share advice for students who are also taking a non-traditional education route?

My biggest bit of advice would be to face your fears head-on. Having a unique story at Manchester does not make you weird – it makes you stand out from your peers. This campus is what you make of it. Choose to be involved and it will be a great experience where you are able to meet others going into your career field. Dive into the possibilities of Manchester – we are a family.