Meet a Student
Hello! My name is Kellyn Colclough and I am a senior Exercise Science major with a minor in Human Nutrition. I am from Sumter, SC. I transferred to Winthrop in fall 2011 after attending Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC for one year. I transferred to Winthrop because of its relatively low tuition cost as a state school, its proximity to my hometown, its small but yet diverse student population, and its varied profile of clubs and organizations. Since becoming a student at Winthrop, I believe that I was meant to be here all along.
Unlike what I expected, my first semester at Winthrop was not easy. I struggled with a specific course and initially experienced homesickness. When I transferred to Winthrop, I did not expect to experience any struggles, but rather, I expected to adjust smoothly. Nevertheless, in going through my struggles, I realized why Winthrop was the best institution for me all along. For one, the instructors at Winthrop are extremely helpful and they desire to see their students succeed. My other professors at Winthrop have turned out to be the same way. All of them are exceptionally supportive and passionate about their students’ success.
Secondly, Winthrop offers a variety of clubs and organizations that can fit the interests of almost every student. Winthrop also offers its students the ability to start a club or organization, should a student see that a particular interest is not being met. I became involved in organizations that best fitted my interests. First, I became involved in my residence hall’s Hall Council, started a weekly bible study group and applied to be a Peer Mentor. After becoming a Peer Mentor, I became involved in my department’s Exercise Science Club, and that led to my involvement in several other things, such as the Winthrop Wesley Foundation, Phi Epsilon Kappa, and the Resource Center for Adult Students as an Adult Student Mentor. By becoming involved in these various organizations and clubs, I have met some special people that have become my greatest friends.
Lastly, Winthrop offers a great deal of resources in order to help its students succeed on all levels of their academic careers. At the beginning of my second semester at Winthrop – spring 2012 – I became more aware of the various resources offered on campus, including the Career and Civic Engagement Center, Health and Counseling Services, the Academic Success Center, the West Center, the Writing Center, the Math Tutorial Center, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, and a host of other services. In a way, all of the services provided on campus make up a supportive family, and this was what I lastly looked for in an institution. I feel grateful that whenever I walk into an office on campus, there is someone there to help and support me in every degree of my academic endeavors.
When I transferred to Winthrop in fall 2011, I did not know that I would receive so much in return for so little as coming based on my positive feelings and impressions. I have truly received more than I could have ever hope for. I have grown both personally and professionally, and I have made valuable connections with both instructors and students. Each year, I improve academically and I am becoming mentally stronger. I was definitely meant to be at Winthrop, and I my hope is that other transfer students will feel the same way. I love being a student at Winthrop, and I am honored to say that it is my Alma Mater.