WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Lauryn Jett knew that completing her college-level course while still a student at West Plains High School would not be easy, but she also knew that Missouri State University-West Plains (MSU-WP) would provide her with the resources that would. helped him achieve his goals.
During his sophomore year at West Plains, Jett chose to participate in the Early Degree Program, a cooperative program between MSU-WP and West Plains High School that offers eligible students the opportunity to complete a college degree and graduate school. higher at the same time during their last two years of high school.
The program, he said, “has made me more mature. I had to work a lot harder in my courses than I should in high school courses. I have been challenged in many of my classes at MSU-WP and have learned a lot more in the past couple of years than I would have if I had not chosen this school. I am ready to take on the world, as I have been taught by some of the most experienced professors there is. “
Jett found the support he needed for his lessons through MSU-WP’s many resources and services.
“Every department I’ve worked with has helped me generously,” he said. “I had access to the Lybyer computer lab, which I often attended to study between classes. Tutoring workshops were always available to assist me and my professors took time out of their schedules to help me when I needed it. “
Beyond that, however, MSU-WP provided Jett with an environment in which it could be successful. “My biggest achievement at MSU-WP has been having the honor of being on the Chancellor’s list in my last two semesters for getting a GPA 4.0,” he said.
Jett found her niche when she enrolled in a poetry class taught by English professor Frank Priest.
“This class consisted of a small group who quickly became close friends by sharing our most creative, profound and exciting poetry creations,” he said. “This course not only taught me how to write poetry, but it gave me the opportunity to express myself and open up by taking pictures in my mind and putting them into words. I was able to read one of my poems at the Ozarks Studies Symposium, where I was given the opportunity to publish my poems. “
This sense of community is one of the most attractive aspects of MSU-WP, Jett said. “The West Plains campus is friendly and close-knit, but it still has enough students that I was always able to meet new faces. I am grateful for the close and inviting offer of the MSU-WP community, “she explained.
With her Associate of Arts degree in General Studies in hand, Jett moved to Missouri State University in Springfield, where she studies psychology and music.
“Thankfully, I am two years ahead of my peers and will be able to earn my degrees in half the time,” he said.
For this and other reasons, Jett believes attending MSU-WP was the best decision he could have made. “I wouldn’t want to go back and change my decision to sign up here because I’ve created eternal friendships and memories here, let alone the abundant knowledge I’ve gained,” he said.
Jett believes that other potential students will be as successful as she does if they come to MSU-WP.
“MSU-WP is the perfect place for you if you are looking for a home away from home with countless faculty and staff members to assist you with all your needs. You will be challenged, but it’s worth it! Don’t give up and remember that everyone on campus is there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! “