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Truman State University

Name: William “Boomer” Jenkins
College: Truman State University
Major: Exercise Science

1. What first drew you to Truman?

I had several people from my high school who had gone there before, so I knew the reputation was strong.  It was an affordable school that was semi-close to home. But honestly, they gave me a reallllllly nice scholarship and I couldn’t turn that down.

2. What other colleges were you considering?

Mostly other Midwest schools SLU, Loyola-Chicago, but Truman was my first choice.

3. How was the adjustment from high school to college?

Relatively easy.  Coming from such a small school (I graduated high school with 22 students), I knew that I wouldn’t be able to handle the massive classes at a huge state school.  Truman had the same intimate environment as my high school.  I roomed with someone I had known since I was 5 and I got active in a fraternity, so that helped.  Also, I was only a 3 hour drive from home if things got tough.

4. What was your favorite class? Why?

The first class I took: Sport Management.  I met a lot of people that I stayed friends with and the teacher (who was also my adviser) was a sweet British lady with the best accent.  It was one of the few classes that applied to what I want to do when I grow up, so it was a perfect fit for the first college class.

5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Phi Epsilon Kappa (Exercise Science Honor Fraternity), Student Recreation Center staff, Men’s Basketball team student manager

6. Anything else you want to tell us?

Truman was great in that they provided free papers every day so I could get my crossword fix. Did me a real solid.

7. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?

I loved that it was a small school and campus, yet maintained most of the opportunities that I may have gotten at a larger school.

Boomer Jenkins is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.

Emory University

Name: Brian Herman
College:  Emory University
Major: Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

1. What first drew you to Emory?

I was looking for a school that would be challenging academically, but also would allow me to enjoy myself and have fun as a college student. I was also drawn to Emory because I thought that as a major research university, it could help prepare me as a pre-med student.

2. What other colleges were you considering?

Tulane University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Kansas

3. How was the adjustment from high school to college?

I loved going from high school to college and all the new found freedoms that came with it. While there were also new responsibilities as well, I really enjoyed being out on my own.

4. What was your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class was an upper level in my Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology major called “Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke.” In this class, we had guest speakers almost every week who were either practicing MDs or PhD researchers involved with strokes and/or brain injuries. We even took a field trip to the major hospital in downtown Atlanta to tour their brand new Stroke Treatment Center. This class also ended up being the most useful after I graduated since I ended up working on a research study with Stroke patients for two years!

5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?

At Emory I was the Vice President of the Club Baseball team, a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and also involved in several community service projects including the Emory Autism Center.

6. Anything else you want to tell us?

One of the best things about Emory is that it is located in a major city. If you ever wanted to venture outside of the “Emory Bubble,” Atlanta was always filled so many different and unique opportunities to enjoy.

7. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?

I love the people and friends I met while at Emory, as well as all of the opportunities it provided for me.

Brian Herman is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.