What is your favorite thing about TTU?
It’s hard to choose one thing because I truly love TTU so much, but I am in awe of the attitudes of the staff and faculty members that I have met here and formed professional and personal relationships with. I have yet to talk to anyone who is affiliated with TTU who hasn’t shown a genuine interest in my need and done everything in their power to meet it, whether it’s something as simple as retrieving a form I need or something as important as guiding me to become a more successful student or professional.
What is your most memorable TTU experience so far?
My involvement in the TTU Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) has been an incredible experience for me. The opportunities I have received through getting involved there and the friendships I have made mean more to me than I ever expected they could.
How did you choose your major?
Honestly, I do not have a concrete answer to this question. After graduating high school I had no plans to attend college, but taking a full-time job at a local restaurant quickly changed my mind on that. I knew I wanted to do something important, and I knew that I love children, so I went with education. Four years ago, a teacher was the last thing I expected to want to be, but I have loved every second of my major and could not be more excited to continue my studies and start teaching!
What is your favorite meal at TTU?
I could eat Backyard Burgers’ chicken strips and honey mustard every day and not get sick of it! (With fries, of course.)
Advice for incoming college freshman from your experience so far?
My biggest piece of advice would be to get involved on campus early. Find things that interest you, even if you know nothing about them, and find ways to pursue those interests at TTU. You will definitely see many doors of opportunities open up for you by getting your name out there.
What is your favorite TTU Tradition and why?
My favorite TTU tradition is Cardboard City because I believe in the cause. We all, especially myself, get caught up in our daily lives and we take for granted all that we have. I believe it is necessary and humbling to take time to recognize that we indeed are blessed beyond what we need.
What kind of extracurricular activities are you involved in on campus and in the community?
On campus I’m very involved with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM). I have been on a mission trip to NYC with the organization as well as participated in Homecoming, intramural sports, other outreach events such as our annual Spring Fling carnival and free pancake nights during mid-terms and finals weeks. I am also currently working on a grant project with one of my professors, Dr. Jane Baker. We are conducting an observational survey on a writing technique used to tutor kindergartners. We are collecting data and planning to present at a national conference next summer.
What movie star would you play in a movie? Why?
I would love to star in an action/thriller movie, like “Wanted” or “Salt”. Or maybe I just want to be Angeline Jolie. I think it’s because I’ve always been a tomboy and I like guns and martial arts, so I think it would be awesome to be portrayed as a master of those skills.
What was your biggest mistake as a freshman? What did you learn from that experience?
I completed my freshman year at the Cookeville Campus of Nashville State Community College. I would say my biggest mistake during that time was not trying to get more involved with the school. It can be difficult to find clubs or organizations to join at a small community college, but I may have been able to pursue some exciting opportunities that I wasn’t aware of until after I transferred from there to TTU. I learned that you should always be looking for, and willing to take, opportunities that present themselves!
What is your favorite book?
I am not an avid reader now, but I read quite a bit when I was younger. However, the only book(s) I’ve ever read more than once were the Song of Albion trilogy. It sounds slightly nerdy, and it probably is, but those are currently on my bookshelf and I will probably read them again in a few years.