By Mary Frances Broadhead
While she praises Mississippi State University for the fun memories, such as time spent with sorority sisters, alumna Cindy Robison also credits MSU for preparing students to work in the real world.
“Every course you take gives you new skills to prepare you for the world of work,” said Robison. Because of this, Robison encourages students to “Take advantage of every experience thrown at you.”
Originally from Baldwyn, Mississippi, Robison graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a concentration in journalism. Since graduating, she has written for numerous publications, such as being a sportswriter/feature writer for the Russellville Times and writing for the Huntsville Times. Robison also taught Broadcast Radio and Television in Jefferson Parish Public Schools in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Her favorite faculty member was the iconic Dr. Hank Flick. “Hank Flick taught me speech, and I will never forget the class assignments,” said Robison. “He was a wonderful teacher and gave me great skills with which to learn to speak before an unending number of students.”
With the guidance of mentors such as Dr. Flick, Robison now considers having taught at-risk students her greatest success. “It kept me going for 20 years. Awards aren’t all they are cracked up to be, but the eyes of students learning new skills are worth it all,” said Robison.
When it comes to giving current and prospective MSU students advice, Robison urges students to find something they love to do, and then find a job that relates to this passion. “Don't let anyone tell you that you'll never make money at that job, because if you love what you do, money doesn't matter. Money follows happiness,” said Robison.
When reflecting back on her time at MSU, the beautiful campus and the community stand out. “I met my current best friend at MSU. We live 300 miles apart; however, we are never more than an email or phone call away. We have shared weddings, babies, funerals, happy times and sad,” said Robison. “MSU has served as a link to hearts that will never be broken.”
Currently living in Elberta, Alabama, Robison now takes care of her elderly mother and enjoys reading, serving at her church, and being a grandmother to her seven grandchildren.
Cindy Robison (second from right) is pictured here with her family.
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