Registered Nurse at Dekalb Community Hospital. I also work part time at Cookeville Regional Hospital, Stones River Hospital and RiverPark Hospital.
This is my second year serving on the Board of Trustees.
My favorite part of TTU is the small hometown atmosphere. It is like a "home away from home".
I chose to serve on the board of trustees because I wanted to participate somehow in my son's education. I felt a need to be connected with him and the school in some fashion.
TTUPA is important to TTU because it provides the connection parents need with their students. Parents can inquire about campus events and deadlines without jeopardizing the autonomy of the student. It allows the parent to be involved with the student without actually interfering with the student's life. The student is therefore able to have some independence and the parent's involvement with the student is satisfied.
I see the TTUPA in next 5 to 10 years expanding its services to include committees which parents volunteer their time to help serve TTU. Examples could include such as making sure no student is left behind for holidays. TTUPA could volunteer services on move in day to answer questions or pass out brochures.
I currently have one student attending Tennessee Tech University.
I feel parents of college students struggle with "letting go". For 18 or so years, the parent(s) have been by the student's side and when time for the student to be on his/her own, the parent/parents may struggle with helplessness. Empowering the parent/parents with a sense of connection brings together the parent/student bond and enables growth and maturity.
My advice to other parents of college students is to get active with the college. You have invested your time and money for the further education of your student. The least you can do is get involved and further assist your student's higher education by volunteering to assist the college in needed activities and supporting the college in ways that support the student.