Best Education EverBy Tina Tsai '99
I still remember waking up to a phone call at 8:50 a.m. in the morning from my adviser Professor Riggio who wanted to talk to me personally about my senior thesis. I rolled out of bed, cleaned up, got dressed, and was in his office by 9:00 a.m., and he proceeded to spend about an hour giving me the most valuable writing lesson I would ever have.
Another great memory I have was when I stopped by Professor Murphy’s office stuck on an social statistics assignment. It wasn’t her office hours, and she was there with a stack of papers and a white board covered in her calendar and schedule notes. As soon as I asked my question, she got up, used the sleeve of her very nice suit to wipe away all the really important looking calendar notes on the white board, and proceeded to give me a one-on-one lecture, making sure that when I left her office, I knew exactly how to ace the assignment.
In two courses that I found especially challenging during my freshmen year, government and econ, I thought that the professors wouldn’t know me since they each had many intro classes of over 25 freshmen in them. When I went to meet with them about my less than stellar performance on midterms, they not only knew my name but went over every missed problem with me and even walked me over to Ath tea to chat over what I could do to prepare for the finals.
When I discovered CMC as a high school freshmen trying to decide which colleges to apply to, I knew I had found my dream school, but I was still blown away by the amazing education when I began attending classes here. Just imagine incredibly high quality graduate school level education and that’s exactly what the undergraduates get at CMC. Choosing to go to CMC was not just one of the most important decisions of my life, it was one of the best, and I feel so lucky to have been blessed with such an amazing educational experience that has shaped everything I am today.