April 11, 2014
Small classes and the opportunity to play soccer drew Conor Hagan to Millsaps College from his home state of Florida.
He transferred to Millsaps after attending a major public university in Florida for a year.
“Getting a lot of one-on-one time with your professors and having them personally know you is very helpful,” said Hagan, a sophomore. “Last year, the professors at the university I attended had zero idea about who I was because there were so many people in each class. It felt like you were basically on your own unless you could find a tutor.”
Hagan switched from playing soccer at a Division 1 NCAA college to a Division 3 conference with many of the top liberal art schools in the nation, known for both their academic and athletics programs.
“The soccer at Millsaps is great, we won the first conference championship in school history, and I got along well with all of the guys on the team, which made it easier to break into a new school,” he said.
Hagan also runs track and is a member of the committee that planned Major Madness, a campus-wide spring celebration with an arcade night, scavenger hunt, bands and a crawfish boil.
Hagan, who is from Boca Raton, Fla., and considers Miami his hometown, said he has learned that time management skills are important at Millsaps.
“Living away from home at Millsaps has made me more responsible and mature and taught me how to manage my time, so that I stay on top of my academics and athletics and still have time for a social life,” he said.
An elementary education major who may earn a minor in Spanish, Hagan plans on becoming an elementary school principal and coaching either basketball or soccer.
“After I graduate, I plan on getting a master’s degree in education,” he said. “I want to start off teaching fourth- or fifth-grade students and eventually work my way up. I also wouldn’t mind becoming a guidance counselor either.
“I want to be a role model for younger students and give them the qualities it takes to become a leader and prepare for the future.”