Mya McCoy began college in ninth grade thanks to Georgia College Early College (GCEC). Now, the sociology major has 42 college credit hours and two scholarships—the Dean’s Excellence and the Early College scholarships—to show for it.
GCEC is a 7th grade through 12th grade public educational institution that is located on GC’s campus. GCEC is an alternative to the traditional middle and high school with partnerships among Baldwin County and Putnam County schools.
At first, the Baldwin County resident thought being on campus was quite intimidating, but then she warmed up to the idea. McCoy was able to keep up the pace of college, took initiative to speak up during lectures and even joined the Student Government Association.
“The Georgia College community was supportive of me and all the other kids,” McCoy said. “I always enjoyed having someone there to help me.”
GCEC also made her aware of the importance of time management and using available resources to do well in class. Her social life thrived, too. She formed close friendships with her peers, one of which will attend Georgia College this fall.
“I felt like I had someone in this with me,” said McCoy. “Someone who understood how stressful it could be but, who could also celebrate with me when we made a high grade on an exam, got extra credit or just had a good day in class.”
She hopes to become an analytic or forensic psychiatrist depending upon what internships she can get.
When the time came for McCoy to choose a college, Georgia College felt like an obvious choice for her.
“I didn’t want to go to a big campus with too many people,” she said. “I also didn’t want to be far away from my family, so Georgia College fit the mold of a great school, which is close to home and not too crowded.”
She also knows from experience that she’ll benefit from the small class sizes.
“Professors make every effort to help students do well in their classes,” McCoy said. “It’s nice going to a place I’ve already been at for four years.”