Xtreme's college profile features a school from a student's perspective.
This week, Wrens High School graduate John McNerlin II talks about his school, Georgia Southern University, where he graduated in December with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology.
Q:What attracted you to Georgia Southern?
A:Originally, I planned to go to Georgia Tech, but Atlanta didn't interest me that much. I heard Georgia Southern had a program, so I decided to check it out. Also, I knew the classes at Southern would be smaller. A key point was that it was only a hour-and-a-half from home, and I came home every weekend to work at the Honky Tonk (nightclub on Gordon Highway).
Q:What clubs were you involved in?
A:I was a member of the Student Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. There was a lot to do outside of class, but I geared toward the academics.
Q:How tough were the academics?
A:I found it very challenging. I worked hard at it, and it paid off. To some degree, there was competition among the students. Also, most of the professors were very personable. You could go talk to them after class. They try to help you out as much as they can. Before I graduated, one professor gave me the (phone) number of a company.
Q:What did you dislike about Georgia Southern?
A:The first year, they make you buy a meal plan, which I didn't like. At the time, I really didn't have the funds for it. They pretty much forced you to eat on campus, although you could buy something off-campus, which would be cheaper.
Q:How would you describe Georgia Southern?
A:At times, like at registration and trying to find parking, it could be chaotic. It is a midsize school. It was interesting because, coming out of a small high school, there were a lot more people.
Q:Was it tough or easy to make friends?
A:It was easy. Most people are from Georgia, but I was surprised to find out there were a lot from out of state, like New Jersey.
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