Why I Chose Mercer

Katie Johnson, ’22

Out-of-State Student

Major: Public Health | Hometown: Boulder, CO

“I fell in love with the campus immediately.”

I made the choice to go out of state because I’d lived in the same town my whole life and wanted to experience something different in college. Mercer was the first small school I visited and I fell in love with the campus immediately. My mom and I sat in a presentation about Mercer On Mission, and I remember us looking at each other and knowing that this was the perfect school for me. Throughout high school, I participated in mission trips with my youth group, so the opportunity to use my education to serve others and be surrounded by people who share my passion is the coolest thing ever.


Genesis Cooper, ’21

First-Generation College Student

Major: English and Philosophy | Hometown: Columbus, GA

“Mercer was the only place that my mother visited with me and it was where I felt the most comfortable and close to home.”

I thought I wanted to go to a specific college for most of my life…and then I was introduced to Mercer. However, when my decision letter arrived, I found out that I was not admitted. I was heartbroken and scared. I cried to my mother and she told me simply to “Apply again.” The thought of applying again was absurd to me, but I decided to try anyway. I increased my ACT scores, began to break barriers at my high school, and earned a 4.3 GPA while working a job after school and coming home to take care of my mother, who was blind and paralyzed. After contacting my admission counselor and speaking to her about my improvements, I was told that I was admitted.

Exactly five days before I was scheduled to leave for Mercer, my mother passed away. Mercer was the only place that my mother visited with me, and it was where I felt the most comfortable and close to home. Ever since then, it’s been just that — home.


Adi Trivedi, ’20

Transfer Student

Major: Political Science | Hometown: Snellville, GA

“I am proud that one day I will be able to say I am an alumnus from this institution.”

In December of 2016, I decided I needed to transfer from the university I attended at the time.  While it was a tough decision to make, my first visit to Mercer eased all concerns I had about the transfer process. I chose to attend Mercer because it truly felt like home the minute I set foot on campus. That may sound cliché, but my first time on the Historic Quad made me feel that Mercer was the right environment for me to have a complete college experience. From smaller class sizes to excellent faculty and a diverse student body, Mercer checked all the boxes that I hoped for in my college career. I am proud that one day I will be able to say I am an alumnus from this institution.


Jadon Murad, ’21

In-State Student

Major: International Business | Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA

“I wanted to go to a university that would mold me into a better person.”

I knew Mercer would be challenging and make me a better student and individual. The biggest reason I chose Mercer would have to be where the University is going. I believe that Mercer has a lot of connections in Macon and around the world. Before coming to Mercer, I never imagined how many opportunities I would have to share knowledge and experiences with so many different people. Mercer utilizes these connections well to make a difference in the world and I knew when applying, and still know today, that I want to be a part of this institution.

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