For Cooley, MGCCC is more than just an educational institution; it’s a home away from home.
“The best thing about my time spent at MGCCC is that it feels like home,” he expresses. Initially drawn to Perkinston for its proximity to his home and the opportunity to experience living on campus before transitioning to a university, Cooley has found a sense of belonging within the campus community.
Coming from a family of five children with ages ranging from 6 to 22, Or’Mun understands the dynamics of compromise and diplomacy, skills that have proven valuable in both his large household and his role as a residence hall advisor.
“Living in the residence hall is a lot the same way,” he said. “You have to learn to get along and pick your battles,” he remarks, highlighting the importance of interpersonal skills and collaboration.
One of the valuable lessons he has learned during his time at MGCCC is the importance of doing what is best for oneself. He advises, “If you don’t like or don’t want to do a certain something, don’t. Especially if it is not getting you ahead. It’s just that simple. Never force yourself to do anything that you feel is not right for you.” This philosophy reflects his pragmatic approach to life and decision-making.
Outside of his academic and leadership roles, Cooley indulges in his passion for music and exercise during his free time. While he doesn’t see music production as a future career, it remains a significant and enjoyable hobby. “I have always loved music, and creating something new is a lot of fun and challenging at the same time,” he shares. In addition, physical exercise plays a crucial role in his life, providing balance and well-being.
Acknowledging the impact of his instructors, Cooley singles out Darlene Bush as his favorite at MGCCC. Describing her as an outstanding instructor, he credits her for helping him prepare for his future career and instilling confidence in his abilities as he looks forward to graduating and advancing to the next level of his education.
Or’Mun Cooley’s journey at MGCCC is a testament to the transformative power of education, community engagement, and the pursuit of personal passions. As he balances his roles in engineering, leadership, and music, Cooley embodies the spirit of a well-rounded and resilient student ready to face the challenges of the future.