Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Rebecca Ashley Holliday.
High School: Lamar County Comprehensive High School, where she participated in varsity cheerleading, tennis, and swim and was class secretary and SGA representative her sophomore, junior, and senior years. 9th-12th grade. She was also a Miss Buggy Days and Miss Barnesville contestant while in high school.
Current Employment: “I tutor homeschooled students for 20 to 30 hours a week. I also work for mom's candle business, BuggyTown Candle Company.”
Degree Objective: Bachelor of science in mathematics.
Class Rank: Sophomore.
Activities: Founding president, Macon State Cheer Club.
Career Goals: “My goal is to be a high school math teacher. I really want to teach 11th and 12th grade so I can catch these students before they go to college and show them the beauty of mathematics and where mathematics can take them in life. I remember I was always told in high school to be an engineer because they had the best paying jobs, but once I started pursuing engineering, I realized that life is not about money. Although engineering was very interesting - and challenging - I really never fell in love with it the way I did with math. I want to educate everyone I can about math and how show them wonderful it truly is.”
She chose Macon State College because … “Not only is it affordable, but it is absolutely perfect for me in every way. I was actually at Georgia Southern before I came to Macon State, I just remember how crowded that college was and that there really was not as much opportunity there even though they had more activities. Here I've been able to have classes of around 30 people, whereas at Georgia Southern, I had classes of over 100 students. Also, I was able to start a Cheer Club here at Macon, but in Georgia Southern that option was never available. Here, I have the opportunity to know my professors, the faculty, and the dean. I have the opportunity to be a part of this college. I have the opportunity to leave a footprint."
The one thing that surprised her about Macon State was … “The talent. I sit in class with other students who are mind-blowing intelligent. I listen to professors who have outstanding credentials and knowledge. I go to meetings with faculty who know how to make Macon State run smoothly and give the students what they need. There are so many talented people, whether their talent lies in academics, athletics, or leadership.”
Her favorite professor is … “It is too difficult to pick a favorite professor. Dr. Matthew Zimmerman is an astonishing history professor and makes history fun. Dr. Shane Trayers made her English classes interesting by choosing unique stories. Dr. Rebecca Lanning is beautiful inside and out and is insanely passionate about music. Dr. Kelli Cheng loves mathematics and makes all the concepts extremely clear to her students. Malav Shah is the most passionate science professor I have ever met and sincerely cares about his students."
Her favorite place to study is … “In the Library, upstairs. It is nice and quiet with plenty of room.”
One thing people don't know about her is … “I read entirely too much. My goal is to own over a thousand books and have them all read by the time I’m 40. If the math thing does not work out for me, I would love to work in a library. Actually, my perfect home includes a room strictly dedicated to books, my own personal library.”
Her friends make fun of her because … “I dance randomly. They are not even well performed dance moves, just random movements!”
The one person she’d most like to meet is … “Dr. Randy Pausch. If you ever get the chance read ‘The Last Lecture’ you should. That book, that speech, touched me more than anything else. He was a professor at Carnegie Mellon and was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He decided to go out gracefully by giving this last lecture dedicated to his kids. He taught people, in this lecture, not only to achieve their childhood dreams, but also to encourage others to do so. He was brilliant.”
Five years from now she sees herself … “Hopefully graduated from Macon State! I will most likely still be in college working toward my master’s degree in education while teaching at a local high school. Maybe engaged? Who knows? All I know is I'll be happy wherever life takes me.”