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I attended Bulldog Day my senior year of high school and instantly fell in love with MGCCC,” she said. “After being involved in several of the college’s organizations, and having great learning experiences, I can confidently say that going to Gulf Coast for my first two years of school has been one of the best things I could have done for myself.

Emma Mauffray is a go-getter.  She works a part-time job off campus and stays very involved in campus life.  She did not choose an easy major either, choosing to become a mechanical engineer.

“I’ve always enjoyed math classes, but that doesn’t mean that it’s always easy,” she said. “You have to study. You have to be prepared for class. It is really rewarding when an equation ends up working out. I like being creative and incorporating that creativity into my work.  I like to figure out problems, strategize.  I guess that is why I also love gaming.”

A Nintendo buff, Mauffray plays Animal Crossing and Mario Party.  She also really likes Minecraft and Five Nights at Freddy’s.  While not much for campaign games, she does play Call of Duty.

“Gaming is part of my daily routine.  Whether I get on for five minutes or an hour, I always include it in my schedule.”

The toughest part of her time at MGCCC has been dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions. “It has been difficult to stay involved on campus since the pandemic started,” she said. “It has been sad seeing almost every major event the school normally hosts be canceled, but I know it is for the safety of others. As for learning virtually, that was challenging to adapt to as well. Luckily, I have had great instructors who go the extra mile for their students.”

While no one in her family attended MGCCC before her, Mauffray said she chose the college because it was local and cost-efficient.  “Looking back, it was the best decision I could have made.  I have so enjoyed my time at MGCCC and am sad to leave after this semester.”

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