Rachel (Tuck) Martin ’17 was destined to attend Tennessee Tech University.
A graduate student in business administration, Martin is a descendent of a long line of Tech alumni. Her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother all graduated from Tech, so it was pretty much a given Rachel would also attend Tech.
“When I toured it, I was kind of rebellious because everyone in my family had gone here,” said Martin. “But college costs a lot of money and Tech offered me the most scholarships.”
A native of Hartsville, Martin came to Tech looking to make a difference in student government after being on the student council at Trousedale County High School. But at Tech, she failed to get elected her first two tries.
Her persistence paid off. Not only did Martin get elected to SGA senate, she also got elected president of Tech’s Student Government Association. As SGA president, she is looking to make a difference in a couple of different areas.
“One of the things I want to do, internally for SGA, is make it more efficient,” said Martin. “In the past, a lot of things have been done to focus on external relations. We are working on making sure bills go through the proper committees of senators who understand what they are talking about.
“I also want to work with other SGA presidents across the state to maybe get a grant or some legislation for students who develop substance abuse problems and realize that,” continued Martin. “I’d like for students who recognize they have a problem to be able to go into a substance abuse program and help them as much as possible.”
Martin is married to former SGA president Alex Martin. After earning an economics degree in 2017, she will receive a master’s in business administration in May, 2018. She plans to work for a year before pursuing a law degree.