Political science major finds mentorship, discovers new passions at GGC.

Kamaria McCutchen-Mitchell applied to Georgia Gwinnett College on the recommendation of a friend who had heard that student housing was fully furnished and included TVs. After research and a campus tour, she knew it would be a great place to spend the next four years studying political science with a concentration in legal studies.

“I fell in love with GGC right away,” McCutchen-Mitchell said. “The student body is diverse, and when I calculated the price compared to larger state universities, I realized I didn’t want to spend thousands more to get the same quality of education.”

McCutchen-Mitchell, a junior, lived on campus her first year and became involved in several campus activities including becoming a student ambassador. Once her studies were underway, she was surprised to discover various other passions such as photography along with listening and advising friends when they shared their problems.

“Throughout my freshman year, I became a part of the school and not just a student,” she said. “Because GGC is a college born in the 21st century, it’s given me access to new technology and new experiences. I feel I have the option to create a new legacy and make a greater impact within a new school.”

“I’ve found so many mentors through my professors and tutors,” McCutchen-Mitchell continued. “About half way through the semester I sometimes lose focus on my end goal. My mentors give me the encouragement I need to create a path to graduate and succeed. Sometimes all you need is another person’s point-of-view to help you finish strong.”

One of the many well-respected professors McCutchen-Mitchell depends on for inspiration is Dr. Matthew Gunning, assistant professor of political science, who taught her introduction to political science class.

“She displayed thoughtfulness and curiosity in our discussions,” he said. “I wish her the best of luck as she pursues her continued studies.”

Since McCutchen-Mitchell has a full-time job, she often chooses to maximize her study time by working with tutors.

“One of the coolest opportunities I’ve taken advantage of at GGC is the Academic Enhancement Center, which offers tutors at no cost and connects me with study groups which really enhances my understanding of the subject,” she said.

Post-graduation, McCutchen-Mitchell plans to earn a master’s degree, attend law school and eventually earn a PhD.