Although the transition from urban Des Moines, Wash. to Dillon, Mont. was extreme, Brandon Brown says it wasn't long before he knew he made the right decision in coming to Montana Western.
"I met with health and human performance instructor Janelle Handlos and she laid out a good three-year plan that allowed me to play basketball and get my degree," Brown says. "That kind of attention sealed the deal as far as I was concerned."
As a talented student-athlete, Brown had several opportunities to continue his education and basketball career after leaving Highline Community College. The opportunity to play hoops and attend a university with block scheduling proved to be perfect.
"Block scheduling is great," Brown says. "The opportunity to work on one class at a time makes a lot of difference. You don't have to worry about balancing your homework from math to chemistry or writing each night."
Brown also says UMW professors have challenged him academically by taking an engaged role in his education.
"Dr. Steve Mock was great," Brown says. "He was always reaching his hand out to help, always willing to give extra help and not just to me, but to everyone in the class. He wants us to succeed, and that is the way with all the professors; they want the students to succeed."
The size of the campus was another advantage Brown saw when making his decision to transfer to Montana Western.
"It is a lot different to what I am used to," Brown admits. "I keep an open mind and am taking the experience and running with it. I take this as an opportunity to expand my horizons and to learn and meet new people in a new environment where I am out of my comfort zone and have to adapt."
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