Student Spotlight: Haley Payne
by Haley Payne
It all started my junior year of high school, that one question that you can’t seem to escape. “What college will you be attending?” Of course, my response was the college I always dreamt about attending as a preteen, the largest university in Kentucky.
This dream sure was… dreamy. I tried to hold onto it for a little bit until I realized that maybe this dream was only ideal for the 10-year-old me. During my senior year of high school, I was enrolled in courses at MCTC. I ended up completing my freshman year of college as a senior in high school. It was a beautiful thing, something that I am proud of and fully recommend. I loved all my classes, I loved my teachers, and I loved the campus.
I prepared to apply to the large school that was far away from home, and a little
part of me couldn’t follow through. I wasn’t ready to leave home, and I was pretty
cozy at MCTC during this transitional stage in my life. So, I decided to stay at MCTC
and learn more about what it meant to be an actual college student. I chose MCTC because
it was the best choice for my life at that moment. I saved myself A LOT of money and
made some great friends along the way. It also gave me some time to grow up. As much
as I tried to convince myself otherwise, I simply wasn’t ready to take on a huge college
right out of high school.
I graduated with my associate's degree and was finally ready to head to a 4-year college! Because I loved MCTC so much, I wanted a school with similar characteristics. Somewhere not too big, but with great learning opportunities. A place where I will be challenged, but not thrown to the wolves. I chose Northern Kentucky University. Transferring my credits was easy but adjusting to a new school was a little rough for the first 8 weeks, mainly because I refused to buy a parking pass and I walked everywhere. But also, because I didn’t see as many familiar faces as I did at MCTC. I’d be dishonest if I said I just showed up at NKU and took it over by storm. The classes weren’t much different from MCTC, just slightly larger and of course I had to get used to new professors. Soon, I caught on to the culture and things really began to take off. I loved NKU!
In Spring 2018, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northern Kentucky University. After an internship growing into a full-time position, I am now a Marketing Coordinator for Rhinegeist Brewery. In short, I get to plan and market our large taproom events. Hindsight 20/20, my advice to any person looking to make an education decision is:
Take your education, time, and money seriously, because you’re always going to wish you had more time and more money and your education decision effects both.