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Name: Jessica Humann-Parkin

Hometown: San Diego, California

Undergraduate Institution & Major: Northwest Florida State College, Nursing

Program: MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

Why did you choose Midwestern State? I chose Midwestern State University for their strong academic reputation and commitment to the community of Wichita Falls. More specifically because of the family-like and supportive atmosphere that is present throughout the school. The faculty are renowned nurse scholars who work towards the success of every student. You will never feel like a number here, and you feel that everyone is cheering for your academic success!

Favorite place to hang out in Wichita Falls? Wichita Falls is a charming town with many quaint inviting places to hang out at like Frank & Joes, Hook & Ladder, and Odd Duck Coffee. I am always exploring and enjoying new places.

What is your favorite thing about Midwestern State? My favorite thing about MSU is all the different ways I can be involved with the college and how involved MSU is in the community. 

What advice do you have for incoming Graduate Students? Your time at Midwestern State University is what you make of it. Your experience here has the potential to be the most impactful years of your life. Put yourself out there, build meaningful connections, and get involved! This community has so much to offer so do everything you can to fully invest and get the most out of the experience. 

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Name: Tahyra Noel 

Hometown: Grenada

Undergraduate Institution & Major: St. George’s University, Business Management and Finance

Program: MED Curriculum and Instruction 

Why did you choose Midwestern State? I chose Midwestern State University because of its low cost, diversity, and large number of Caribbean Students. When searching for universities in the United States, Midwestern State University caught my attention. I found the perfect degree plan that fits into my life goals.  

Favorite place to hang out in Wichita Falls? My favorite place to hang in Wichita Falls is the Plex. You can hang out with friends in a relaxed environment and roller skate, go-kart, laser tag, and mini golf. I also like going bowling with friends. Wichita Falls is a small town, but if you’re into nature and theatre, you will find it very fun and exciting. 

What is your favorite thing about Midwestern State? My favorite thing about Midwestern State University is the diversity and avenues for acculturation. As an international student, it is sometimes hard to find your place on campus but Midwestern State University makes it possible. I also love the commitment of my professors in the Education Department. They provide you with everything you need to be successful.

What advice do you have for incoming Graduate Students? Coming to graduate school, I would say time management is super important. Deadlines can creep up on you quickly, especially with online courses. I recommend reading ahead when possible. Finally, don’t come in with the mindset of being solely focused on academics. Being in graduate school does not mean there is no room for fun. There is plenty to get involved in on-campus if you are proactive and build your network.

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Name: Kornika Anika Degannes 

Hometown: Island of Grenada

Undergraduate Institution & Major: Midwestern State University, Finance

Program: MBA & MED

Why did you choose Midwestern State? I chose Midwestern State University because I needed a different environment to grow and truly become the best version of myself. Being a part of the Mustangs family has truly been a blessing.

Favorite place to hang out in Wichita Falls? Sikes Lake at night.

What is your favorite thing about Midwestern State? My favorite thing about MSU is that it feels like a home away from home. I have made many friends that I now consider family and this institution is shaping me into an awesome individual.

What advice do you have for incoming Graduate Students? Never doubt yourself and always take advantage of the support system in place for you.

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Name: Kaylee Plowman

Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX

Undergraduate Institution & Major: Sul Ross State University, Psychology major and Art minor

Program: MA Psychology 

Why did you choose Midwestern State? I chose Midwestern because of the small class sizes and challenge of my program. It is a place where I can really get to know my peers and professors and grow in the process. 

Favorite place to hang out in Wichita Falls? If I am not at home or in the graduate student offices working, you can find me downtown! I spend a lot of time at 8th Street Coffee House and wandering through old antique and thrift stores, or at artwalk!

What is your favorite thing about Midwestern State? The people here are incredible! Everyone I come across on campus are nothing but kind! I find Midwestern comforting - like I've found a little family in grad school! 

What advice do you have for incoming Graduate Students? Breathe. I know you're scared, but you wouldn't be here if you couldn't do it! Take your time, and don't put too much pressure on yourself. And the most important thing, don't compare yourself to others!