The thought of moving from a community college near home to the University of Southern Mississippi was somewhat overwhelming for transfer student Beth Alexander. But the soon-to-graduate senior credits the university with helping make her college career a success.
“I want to be a TV reporter and share the news at 6, that’s what I've wanted to do since I was 10 years old and I believe my transfer to Southern Miss will help me to live my dream,” said Alexander, a broadcast journalism major from Little Rock, Miss. “When I got to Southern Miss I knew what I was interested in, I got involved and after my first semester I knew what I wanted to concentrate on.”
When she transferred from East Central Community College at the start of her junior year, she immediately found a campus support network through wide variety of campus activities and groups she joined. “There are enough organizations on campus so that anybody can find something, because it just takes initiative to get what you want out of your academic career,” she said.
A student who excelled academically, Alexander enrolled in the Honors College at Southern Miss, where she was required to select an academic advisor with whom she would work to write her thesis. Alexander requested Dr. Kim LeDuff, an assistant professor in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
“When Beth got here she hit the ground running,” said LeDuff. “Transfer students seem to come in with a set of goals and know what they need to do to accomplish those goals, and are usually very successful.”
Success is within sight for Alexander. She will graduate in May with honors and looks forward to one day broadcasting breaking news stories from around the globe. “I have no doubt big things are in store for Beth and that we will see her on network news one day,” said Southern Miss Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul, who noted that half of all undergraduate students at Southern Miss are transfer students.
“Beth had a plan and as a result, she has a really good resume, which shows her academic record, her internship experience and her work at the campus radio station,” said LeDuff. “She is a good example of a transfer student who set and achieved her goals and was very successful.”Beth Alexander
Community and junior college students interested in transferring to Southern Miss can call the Office of the First Year Experience at 601.266.6405 for more information; online, visit www.usm.edu/admissions/transfers/
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