August 2008

Amanda Reynolds
Class of 2000

   Amanda Reynolds attended Truett-McConnell College as a music major, studying voice and piano, from 1997 through 2000.  She was first introduced to Truett-McConnell in 1993, when her family brought her older sister to visit the campus as a prospective student.  Although Amanda was a young middle school student, she knew that very day that she wanted to go to TMC when she became college-age.

As her high school graduation approached, she began to receive information from various colleges and universities.  However, there was something special and unique about Truett-McConnell, and she felt that it was meant for her to attend TMC.  She was very excited as she came on the campus as a college student for the first time in 1997.  From that day on, TMC was her home away from home.  She says, “To this day I have  found that there is nowhere else like it on earth.”

She feels that the faculty and staff are like no other, encouraging students to strive for success.  At TMC a student is not just a number in a classroom but a real person.  She experienced some difficult times with class work, as most college students do, but she found a faculty willing to go above and beyond to help her overcome whatever obstacle she was facing.  She says that she developed relationships with faculty and students that she still cherishes to this day.

Said Amanda: “I will always cherish the moments that I spent there, and I feel that TMC has helped me become the person that I am today.  When I meet a high school student who is looking for a college to attend, I always say: ‘If you want a college, there are many to choose from, but if you want a home, there is only one place—Truett-McConnell College.’”

She prayed that Truett-McConnell would become a four-year institution, but unfortunately for her, that did not happen before she had to leave.  She transferred to Kennesaw State University in 2000 to continue her music studies.  Several of her music major friends from TMC transferred to the same school at the same time, making the transition easier, but she says that every time they got together, they always talked about their days at TMC.  Their music professors at Kennesaw State were impressed with the foundation in music education that the TMC students had received.  They actually found that they were ahead of students who had attended other schools, especially in music theory.

In April of 2000, Amanda became Director of Music Ministries at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Rome, GA, and remained in that position until April of 2008.  She is currently the Choral Director at Calvary Baptist Church in Rome, GA.  

To quote Amanda:  “TMC will always be a very special place to me, and I am so thankful that God allowed this wonderful place to be a part of my life.”
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