My Motlow Story: Kelsey Coombs

Kelsey Coombs

Students choose Motlow State for a variety of reasons; one of the most common is its convenient location to their home. Not the case for Kelsey Coombs of Houma, Louisiana. She is a 4.0 student and an accomplished athlete who one day plans to be a pediatrician. In her words, Motlow was the perfect choice because, "It is very family and community oriented."

Kelsey CoombsKelsey came to Motlow after completing her first year of college at another school. She said, "Through sports, I met other students attending Motlow and they all had nothing but high praises for their school, their athletic program and academia. I quickly learned what they meant when I experienced first-hand the kind of teacher and community support you receive here."

Being an athlete and a scholar, Kelsey applied for and received softball and honors scholarships. She said it was very important for her to have the financial help to complete her general studies more economically in a smaller school setting. This is in keeping with her goal of going on to a four-year school to get her bachelor's degree after Motlow then applying to medical school to become a pediatrician. Her dream is to attend Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Kelsey said her favorite classes are her honors courses where students are encouraged to think outside the box, choose their subjects and explore their learning possibilities. While she gives credit to honors professor, Dr. Russell, for her guidance and influence, the same professor touts Kelsey as the first student to ever complete the required 18 hours of the Honors Program at Motlow in just one school year.

In addition to softball practices and games, Kelsey participates in field trips and volunteers at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Tullahoma through a mentoring program arranged through the softball team. All of this is possible according to Kelsey because, "At Motlow, you're not a number, you're a name. Teachers take note of who you are and they work with you, your lifestyle and schedule. In my opinion that's how they help their graduates get to the next level."

Kelsey said, "The key to being a successful student at Motlow is you just have to put the time in, focus on what you want to do and put your mind to it." She added, "Especially at Motlow because the teachers are willing to work with students and you don't find that at a lot of schools."

Her advice for Motlow as she leaves is, "Keep doing what you're doing; it's great. The Motlow student-faculty relationship is perfect, the way it is!"

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