College Changes Everything: Marcia Molett

This video blog is the third of eight installments in a series that profiles college access professionals. During the selected interviews, participants explain how college proved to be a “game changer” in their lives. Interviews will appear on MCAN's blog every Tuesday, June 14 through August 2.  

 

Name
Marcia Molett

College Attended
Eastern Michigan University

Degree Earned
Speech-Language Pathology, B.S.

Current job title and name of employer
College Adviser, Michigan College Access Network’s AdviseMI program

Year of college graduation
2014

Who, if anyone, encouraged you most to attend college?
My father played a significant role in me wanting to attend college. At a young age, he instilled in me the importance of education, hard work, leadership, and of course, what it means to follow my dreams. I will always remember him saying, “The one thing that cannot be taken away from you is your education. Learn as much as you can.” This statement resonated with me for years and acted as a catalyst for me to get to college. 

What surprised you most about college?
For the first time, I would get the opportunity to interact and learn with many people from all different walks of life. My learning would extend beyond the classroom and into communities through service and fellowship. Most importantly, college unveiled who I was as a person, the person that I had been masking for so long. It ignited change in areas of my life that I didn’t realize needed to be fixed. 

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while attending college?
The biggest obstacle I had to face in college was getting out of my own way. Because of my high school experience, there were times that I was extremely hard on myself. I needed to make all A’s. I needed to make a good impression in all of my classes. I needed to excel in everything because I am a first-generation college student, and would be the first on my maternal side to receive a bachelor’s degree. This attitude hindered me socially and soon I experienced a heavy amount of sadness.  Eventually, I made it a priority to excel academically and also engage in student activities. I joined organizations and programs that provided the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and participate in activities that would change my life forever. 

Where do you think you'd be/what might you be doing if you hadn't attended college?
Honestly, I do not know where I would be if I hadn’t attended college. The person that I was before I entered EMU in 2009 is completely different than my current self. And, I am completely unsure of what that journey with old Marcia may have looked like. I can only hope that I would have taken advantage of all opportunities afforded to me that would allow me to become a better person. 

Feel free to expand on your video response to tell us more about how/why college was a “game changer” for you
I am a first-generation college student. Statistically, I am disproportionately overrepresented among most disadvantaged groups and more likely to delay college entry or drop out of college. I told myself while in high school that I refused to let my race, gender, environment, or socioeconomic status prevent me from striving for greatness. College has been a game changer because it has shown me just how great I am. It has given me the knowledge, confidence, and leadership skills that I need to navigate any space in which I am present.

Posted: June 28, 2016

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