The Marietta Effect
Brittany Metcalf '13
Certificate: Energy System Studies
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Clubs/Organizations: Student Athletic Advisory Committee
Athletics: Women’s Basketball
Favorite Professor: Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker
When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?
From an education standpoint, Marietta was the perfect school for me. I came from a small high school, which graduated 75 kids. I came to the College with no idea as to what I wanted to study. The Liberal Arts foundation allowed me to explore many options. Once I decided on an English degree, I was not just limited to the English curriculum. I took different economics, accounting, energy, calculus, and physics classes, to more or less keep the doors open for me. I would say 90 percent of all of my professors had a solid relationship with me, more so than just a student-teacher relationship. I felt comfortable with them, they pushed me, but also, they were there if I needed them. I was very far away from home and a few times over my four years at MC, “life happened” and my professors were more than willing to work with me, but also provide me support in difficult situations.
When I first got to Marietta, I was not sure about the small town life. I grew up in Houston, and big city life is all I knew. After spending four years in Marietta, I realized just how special of a community the town has. I always saw a familiar face wherever I went. I live in Denver now, and I miss the small-town life.
Favorite Marietta moment?
- The first day I moved in. Most of the girls I met that first day, are people I am still close with today. Everyone knew I was from Texas, welcomed me with open arms, and gave me the nickname “Tex,” which I will never live down.
- Beating Mount Union my sophomore year. We were unranked, but they were No. 20 in the nation. We played the game of our lives.
- My sophomore and junior years, any men’s basketball game. Getting there 1.5 hours early just to get a seat. The gym was packed and was just an amazing sports atmosphere.
Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.
I was a basketball player, so my days were pretty regimented. I always carried a heavy course load. I spent all day in class and most of my evenings in the gym at practice. That was my life August-March. The dorms were always connected, an open door policy. People were popping in and out of my room. I know I often found myself dropping by many people’s rooms on the regular. I would say in my four years, MC was great with the idea of “work hard, play hard.” I was surrounded by some of the nicest people. Marietta was my second home as I went home once a year for Christmas.
Another great thing I had was my teammates, definitely, that established a sense of family. However, more importantly was my Foster Family, the Ketelsens that were assigned to me through the Foster Family Program. They were such a blessing. Mr. and Mrs. Ketelsen were my second parents, and their two girls are like the sisters I never had. That was exactly what I needed being away from home.
What impact did Marietta College have on your career?
I will give credit to Marietta College in providing me with a Liberal Arts foundation. I was an English major, now working in sales, selling software for Oracle, the largest tech company in the world. Oracle saw my potential, and I think Marietta deserves some of the credit. The fact I played basketball also is what made people believe in me at Oracle. They knew I was competitive and dedicated. Lastly, I would say the overall Ohio bond. I interviewed with a guy who was from central Ohio who went to Miami of Ohio, and I remember sitting in the interview just talking about southeastern Ohio.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer?
- At Marietta I learned what it was like to have a community, 1,400 other students and faculty behind me, supporting me, wanting me to succeed. There is a sense of pride in attending Marietta. You know as a Pio that the four years you spent on the campus were special. I worked very hard throughout my time there, I learned a lot about myself, about others, and was driven to succeed. Lastly, a sense of legacy, too. My parents went to MC, my uncle, and now my brother!