Orientation Leaders

Meet the 2015 Orientation Leaders

The 2015 Orientation Leader team has been hard at work preparing to welcome UT’s class of 2019. The Orientation Leaders greet new students, parents, and family members during UT’s thirteen two-day orientation sessions for first-year students in June and July, as well as numerous one-day orientation sessions for transfer and adult students throughout the year.

Classification:  Senior
Major:  Microbiology
Hometown:  Columbia, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I am from a small town and was looking for a college that would allow me to grow in all aspects of my life. Not knowing more than a handful of people that were going to the University of Tennessee, I was prepared and excited to meet so many new friends and fellow Vol fans!
As a new student, what was your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
I really love the time that is spent with fellow students while at Orientation. Whether it’s meeting other new students or bonding with your orientation leader, you get to know so many people and are able to keep up those relationships throughout the year. I am also slightly partial to getting to do the Rocky Top dance for our new Vols, parents, and guests everyday during the summer!
What is an interesting fact about you?
Halloween is my favorite holiday! I enjoy being creative with my costume and seeing what other costumes people come up with. My personal favorite was being a dinosaur at the adorable age of five.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Public Relations
Hometown:  Memphis, TN
What is the most important piece of advise you would give to incoming families?
Check in with your students regularly and make sure that everything is going ok, especially their studies. Also, give your student the opportunity to spread their wings.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I love musical theater. I enjoy performing and watching others perform as well.
What is your favorite UT tradition?
Big Orange Friday is my favorite UT Tradition
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Retail & Consumer Science
Hometown:  Hendersonville, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
I love walking through Circle Park. There’s something about a bright, warm day, walking through Circle Park, hanging out with the Torch Bearer that puts a smile on my face. It’s such a relaxing place to be.
As a new student, what was your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
My favorite part of the New Vols Experience was definitely orientation. This was the first time I was fully introduced to UT student leaders that really cared about my attendance at the university. They were so welcoming and excited for me to be there that it made me want to move in that day.
In the city of Knoxville, where is your favorite place to get a meal on a college budget?
COOKOUT!  I could eat Cookout just about everyday.  You can’t beat a chicken sandwich, double fries, and a milkshake for $6.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Anthropology
Hometown:  Jacksboro, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
I personally really love the McClung Museum. There is so much great history and culture there, and they always have something new! When I am stressing about classes or whatever else life throws my way, it’s nice to go lose myself in another world for awhile! Plus it’s free!
What is your most exciting UT memory?
I remember one of my first nights here my roommate and some girls down my hall decided to have a picnic out in the court yard of Massey Hall where we lived! We ended up spending the whole evening outside talking about classes, relationships, and troubles we were facing. Throughout the night more and more people came to join us and we ended up with like 15-20 people all sitting around talking! It was a really good time!
What is your favorite UT tradition?
Hands down the Torch Bearer! It stands for not only what it means to be a Tennessee Volunteer, but also the kind of person I strive to be! The Torch Bearer is steadfast and unwavering just like our Volunteer Pride!
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Nursing
Hometown:  Memphis, TN
As a new student, what was your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
My favorite part of the New Vols Experience is the Summer Send-Off. This program eases anxiety and increases anticipation surrounding coming to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. It provides a preview of what to come, what to expect, and what to prepare for.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
The most important advice I would give to incoming freshman is to enrich every moment while staying true and being yourself. There are many instances in which you can be lost in the crowd–make sure you shine bright like a diamond.
What is your most exciting UT memory?
My most exciting UT memory is the Freshman Pageant.  This was by far my best college experience. I was able to express my talents and discover features about myself that I never knew I attained. I gained several connections and friendships, all while having fun.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Special Education
Hometown:  Kennesaw, GA
As a new student, what was your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
My favorite part was interacting with my small group and engaging with my orientation leaders one-on-one in a way that empowered me to feel as though UT could be my home for the next four years.
What is your most exciting UT memory?
My most exciting UT memory was attending the football game last fall on October 4, 2014 when the University of Tennessee played the University of Florida at home. We did the checkerboard in Neyland Stadium, the team played extremely well, and I shared that experience with people I love.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming families?
The dynamic of the student-parent relationship will change as your students develop into the people they will more than likely remain. I would encourage you to remain available, supportive, and active in your students lives. Encourage your students to move forward on this journey, and if they stumble remind them you will always be there.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology
Hometown:  Memphis, TN
Why did you chose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
UT offered the major major I was interested in, and when I visited the campus, it immediately felt like home.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Do your homeowork ahead of time. Procrastinating is a really bad habit to have in college.
What is your favorite song and how does it relate to your experience at UT?
Thanks for the Memories by Fall Out Boy. UT has already left me with so many great memories and I know I’ll many more in the years to come.
Classification:  Senior
Major:  Child and Family Studies
Hometown:  Cookeville, TN
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming families?
Your students are about to engage in many new experiences, encourage them to be and do their best, and be excited for them when they find their passions! You never know where UT will take them!
What is your favorite UT tradition?
Homecoming week! Everyone is always so spirited and really show their UT Pride! The homecoming parade at the end of the week is also a great way to see everyone from alumni to student athletes really come together!
Why did you choose to become an OL?
I developed a passion for working with incoming students when I was a welcome leader and I love the fact that as an OL I get to see first year students experience their own UT for the first time as well as see and work with the new energy that comes with starting the journey that is college! I love UT and I know that the incoming students will too!
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Animal Science
Hometown:  Grass Valley, CA
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is Maybel’s on the Ag campus; because not only can you get some great, home-cooked food but it’s a great place to study and catch up with your fellow students.
What is your favorite song and how does it relate to your experience at UT?
Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves is my favorite song because it tells audiences to just do what you love and don’t listen to anyone who disapproves. This is related to UT because you will always find someone with similar interests as you at UT; you can do what you want and love with little fear of criticism.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I’m an avid equestrian; I’ve been riding horses since I was four!
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Nursing
Hometown:  Knoxville, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I love the traditions that UT has! From Big Orange Friday to the Vol Walk, UT games, the Torchbearer, and the spirit of being a Volunteer, you can’t beat the rich history and tradition of the University of Tennessee.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Stay focused and get involved. Focus on your school work and do well, but be sure to find a place to plug in and make friends! Also, always carry an umbrella…
What is your favorite UT tradition?
Wearing orange! I love finding clothing and accessories to wear around town to show off my school pride.
Classification:  Senior
Major:  Public Relations
Hometown:  Mount Juliet, TN
What is your most exciting UT memory?
Traveling to Jacksonville for the TaxSlayer bowl and seeing that stadium 550 miles away filled with a sea of orange as the Vols trampled the Iowa Hawkeyes!
What is an interesting fact about you?
Gatlinburg is named after my great, great, great grandfather’s uncle named Radford Gatlin.
Why did you choose to become an OL?
I wanted to share the passion I have developed for this place, while giving new students the confidence and knowledge that they have the ability to succeed at UT.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Supply Chain Management
Hometown:  Memphis, TN
What is an interesting fact about you?
I am really interested in writing and poetry. I currently have several pieces of work that I am saving to publish one day.
In the city of Knoxville, where is your favorite place to get a meal on a college budget?
My favorite place in Knoxville to eat on a college budget is definitely We’re Cooking. There is such a variety of things to eat and it’s really delicious and affordable!
Why did you choose to become an OL?
I chose to become an OL because my Orientation Experience has been really influential on my experience here and I wanted to be a part of that experience for others. This past year, it has been really motivating to see other student leaders, such as the OLs, succeed and get involved while also learning from them. I understand how hectic the transition from high school to college can be, and I am excited to be part of a team to make that easier for others.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Nursing
Hometown:  Smithville, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
The front lawn of Ayres Hall on the Hill. When I participated in Ignite Serves as a first year student, we had our closing ceremony there. Since then, that place has been special to me (also an excellent picnic spot).
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming families?
Even though your student is starting college, he/she still needs you! The smallest gestures like a phone call, card, or a simple “good luck” text message before a big exam can provide the encouragement your student needs.
What is your favorite UT tradition?
Torch Night – it was this ceremony at the end of Welcome Week that made me feel like a true Volunteer and tied to UT on a deeper level.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Chemistry
Hometown:  Brentwood, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I chose UT because of the endless opportunities to grow into your true self and because of the pure nature of what being a Volunteer means. Our entire university is built off of the concept of volunteerism and what it means to give back. To me, there is nothing more valuable that a university can offer!
What is an interesting fact about you?
I love classical music! I started college as a Piano Performance major and know significantly more about Beethoven than I do about Beyonce.
In the city of Knoxville, where is your favorite place to get a meal on a college budget?
Tomato Head in Market Square is my favorite! If you like pesto pizza and zesty sandwiches for less than $10, Tomato Head is the place to go.
Classification:  Senior
Major:  Journalism and Electronic Media
Hometown:  Mephis, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
I really like to visit the Melrose Hall courtyard because it is so peaceful.
What is your favorite song and how does it relate to your experience at UT?
Marry The Night by Lady Gaga because it tells you to dive in and make the most of your experience, no matter what obstacles you’ve faced before.
Why did you choose to become an OL?
I want to help New Vols love the University of Tennessee as soon as they step on campus.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Public Administration
Hometown:  Germantown, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
On the top of Min Kao, there is a balcony that overlooks the entire downtown city of Knoxville. There is no better place to study when the weather is feeling great and you just want to get away from everything for a little bit.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Meet as many people as you can throughout your first few weeks at UT. Some of your best friends for the rest of your life can be found by simply starting a conversation with another student in the elevator or in the dining hall. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and meet these people!
Why did you choose to become an OL?
I want to give back to the University that has already given me so much, and I want to help every other student have as good of an experience as I’ve had here.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Business Analytics and Human Resources Management
Hometown:  Jefferson City, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I grew up really close to Knoxville and was raised in th UT culture. Once I visited campus as a prospective student, it felt like home. We really are a big orange family, and I couldn’t say no to that!
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Get out of your comfort zone! Find something you think sounds cool and try it. Even if you think you’ll hate something, go try it anyway. You’ll learn from it and take those experiences with you. College is a time to grow yourself in and outside the classroom, so take advantage of all the opportunities you can!
What is an interesting fact about you?
I love puppies and Harry Potter.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Civil Engineering
Hometown:  Algood, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is definitely the OUTreach Center. I love the cozy home like atmosphere, the amazing people I have met there, and I feel as though I can really express myself there.
What is your most exciting UT memory?
I think my most exciting UT memory so far is when I went on a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina with my Emerging Leaders class through the Center for Leadership and Service. We toured two colleges there and most excitingly did a challenge ropes course, which was horrifying and amazing all at the same time.
What is your favorite song and how does it relate to your UT experience?
Safe in My Hands by Eli Lieb. This is a love song about facing opposition together, and not having to stand alone. With UT being a bigger university there is something here for everyone, where you can make amazing friends and build a support system for whatever challenges you face.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Exploratory
Hometown:  Anitoch, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I felt like The University of Tennessee would be my home away from home. The warm welcome and hospitality I experienced every time I visited the University assured me that I’d build my legacy at the right place.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming families?
I would advise incoming families to do everything they can to attend the family weekends the university holds. I say this because sometimes family members aren’t aware of how much their students miss them while away from home and a visit at family weekend can do so much for their student.
What is your favorite UT tradition?
I really enjoy the “don’t walk on the seal or else you won’t graduate” tradition because everyday as I walk to class, I see a student nearly fall trying to avoid the seal. One time I saw a girl cross the seal and she completely flipped out screaming “Oh my gosh I’ll never graduate!”
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  English Literature and History
Hometown:  Spring Hill, TN
As a student, what was your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
Finding out my roommate for Orientation was my favorite memory. I remember staying up late that night, listening to music and talking about registering for classes! A perfect stranger turned out to be someone I still keep up with to this day.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I have an unhealthy obsession with the band Queen.
What is your favorite UT tradition?
Belting out “Rocky Top” at the top of my lungs, not caring that I sound like a tone-deaf gorilla. It’s a great song.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Public Relations
Hometown:  Louisville, NE
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I am from a military family and moved around most of my life. My grandparents lived around here so this was the only stable place in my life. When I came on my first official tour of UT I was infected by the Volunteer Spirit. Rocky Top is truly Home Sweet Home to me!
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming families?
Always be there for your students. They may not want to talk much at first but there will be a time when they miss their family. Make sure you keep an open line of communication. This is new territory for them and maybe their first experience being on their own. Let them try it their way, then ask for help.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I attended Nationals for Club Volleyball and Junior Sheep Showing Association.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Classics
Hometown:  Walton, KY
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
To be honest, I love the Agriculture Campus Library, Pendergrass. It’s so quiet and wonderful if you really need to get things done, plus it’s not as crowded as the main library. A true hidden gem.
As a new student, what was your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
I loved meeting people from so many different places! I’m an out-of-state student, so meeting others from out-of-state was reassuring, but I also learned so much about Tennessee, my new home, from those who grew up here.
Why did you choose to become an OL?
One of my brothers was an OL when he was at UT, and I’ve always secretly looked up to him. I remember seeing his enthusiasm for the school years ago, and I wanted to be able to make that same impact. Also, orientation was tough for me since I came from out-of-state, and graduated with 46 people. I wanted to be able to break up the groups and get people excited about being at the best place on earth.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Political Science
Hometown:  Memphis, TN
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Invest in a planner! With so much free time and so much to do, it is imperative that you invest in a planner or calendar of some sort to keep you on task and to meet all of your deadlines. It will become most helpful during your mid-term and final exams.
What is your favorite your UT tradition?
Big Orange Friday is my favorite tradition because it is beautiful to see all students, from various backgrounds and different organizations, come together to show school pride and strive to reach one common goal.
In the city of Knoxville, where is your favorite place to get a meal on a college budget?
I have an unhealthy obsession for Chick-fil-A. Luckily, they are located on campus and can be purchased with Dining Dollars, something that comes with your required meal plan!
Classification:  Senior
Major:  History
Hometown:  Murfreesboro, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I choose UTK because of the indescribable feeling of belonging and acceptance that I felt when I first came as a high school senior. I have never been so astonished to find such a mix of progressive idealism coupled with an unbelievable grasp of traditions and school spirit. I knew that UTK was going to be my home sweet home the second I realized that this institution wasn’t just a place for me to find my love of academia but a place to enjoy a social atmosphere the likes of which I had never experienced.
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place of campus is the roof of Volunteer Hall. It is secluded and provides one of the most breathtaking views of the downtown Knoxville Skyline as well as a picturesque view of Neyland that is unique to the Northern side of the stadium. Additionally its a place that only a staff worker at Vol Hall has access to.  So in a way its been a perk of being of a Resident Assistant at Volunteer Hall.
What is your most exciting UT memory?
Beating South Carolina my Sophomore year off of a field goal. Not only do I still have a vine commemorating that moment but also I still use the group photo my friends and I took at the game as my Twitter header. It symbolizes the time that I finally felt socially acclimated to UT as well as a great victory over someone who the whole nation thought we were going to lose to.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Accounting
Hometown:  Murfreesboro, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
The University of Tennessee has been in my family for years. I grew up cheering for the Vols since birth, and the traditions here at UT can’t be beat. Not only are the traditions unmatched, but the education you can get from this university is one of the best. When it came down to it, it was inevitable. I knew Knoxville was the perfect place for me.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Don’t overwhelm yourself! There are so many different ways to get involved on campus, and speaking from experience, I joined as many things as I could without even thinking about my class load. If you’re going to get involved (which I suggest you do!) stick to one or two things that spark your interest the most.
What is your favorite UT tradition?
My favorite UT tradition is when the Pride of the Southland Band does their opening sequence before the football team runs out of the “T”.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Kinesiology
Hometown:  Chattanooga, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
T-Rec, because I enjoy working out and there is something there for everyone.
As a new student, what was your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
The Summer Send-Off was one of my favorite programs. The fact that they took the time to come to Chattanooga and put on a program made me feel special and apart of the UT Family.  It assured me I was making the right decision.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Have fun and don’t take life too seriously. Create goals for yourself and follow through. Have a good time while you are here, but don’t  forget to study hard.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Nursing
Hometown:  Murfreesboro, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
Rocky Top was the equivalent of the Land of Oz and I was Dorthy. All I had to do was follow the Orange and White road. Along the way, I have definitely been successful in picking up a little more wisdom, a dangerous amount of courage, and a lot more heart.
What is your favorite song and how does it relate to your UT experience?
Come Clean by Hilary Duff. This song is about shaking off all the old stuff and preparing yourself for all the new stuff. Being a student at UT is new everyday. Consistently faced with new challenges, new opportunities, and new people who end up rocking your world. Hilary Duff always had it right and the millenials always knew it.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I am quite fond of Margaret Thatcher and I have a huge crush on the state of North Carolina. These facts are interesting, they’re also fundamental.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Economics
Hometown:  Murfreesboro, TN
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
You will still somewhat be the same person you have always been. Your life might not change as much as you think.
What is an interesting fact about you?
My voice and aura often get me mistaken for John Mayer.
Why did you choose to become an OL?
I wanted to become closer to the university and also help the new students have the best possible experience.
Classification:  Senior
Major:  Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Hometown:  Coopertown, TN
What are you involved in on campus?
I am involved in several different organizations on campus. However, my favorite involvement is with NSFP as a Student Director. I have worked with new students and families in several ways over the last three years and it has been one of the most rewarding and life changing experiences. It never feels like work, when you do what you love.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I am allergic to red dye #40, so I can’t enjoy things likes like Hawaiian Punch or Twizzlers.
In the city of Knoxville, where is your favorite place to get a meal on a college budget?
My favorite place in Knoxville is Soccer Taco in Market Square. They have really great food that isn’t too expensive and a fun atmosphere.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Therapeutic Recreation
Hometown:  Memphis, TN
As a new student, what is your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
I loved Orientation! The Orientation Leaders made the University seem so exciting and I was so happy that I made the decision to come to the University of Tennessee. (And the Rocky Top Dance RULED!)
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming families?
I would ask incoming families to encourage their students to get involved on their new campus and to find ways to get out of their comfort zone.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I have lived in 4 states and 6 cities!
Classification:  Senior
Major:  Journalism and Electronic Media
Hometown:  Memphis, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
As a transfer student, I chose the University of Tennessee because of the many opportunities here.There are so many great things to do inside and outside of the classroom that I couldn’t imagine myself experiencing undergrad anywhere else. UT is literally the best of ALL worlds.
What is an interesting fact about you?
An interesting fact about me is that I met Robin Roberts from Good Morning America, and she verbally agreed to be the first guest on my future talk show.
Why did you choose to become an OL?
I chose to become a Student Director because I wanted to help cultivate the current Orientation Leader experience. This job is more than us, and more than a checked box of “Things to Do in College.” This job is about connecting our OLs with one another, so that they can connect future students to UT.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Sociology
Hometown:  Knoxville, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I chose the University of Tennessee because Knoxville if where I was born and raised. My blood runs orange and there is no place I’d rather be.
As a new student, what was your favorite part of the New Vols Experience?
My favorite part of the New Vols Experience was the “Be Smart. Be Safe. Be a Vol.” program. It is a fun and interactive way to cover some heavy safety topics, and lets you get to know some of our best and brightest Police Officers on a more personal level.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Don’t compare your experience to others. Everyone adjusts differently when coming to college, so do would makes you happy.
Classification:  Junior
Major:  Kinesiology
Hometown:  Nolensville, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
Pedestrian Walkway. This is the highest foot traffic area on campus because it connects the major parts of campus. It’s my favorite place on campus because I can’t remember the last time I have walked from one end of Pedestrian Walkway to the other end without seeing at least one person I know. I have been blessed to be a part of many different organizations across campus and I am always seeing people that are in those clubs with me. It makes the campus feel a bit smaller.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming families?
I’m really not the one to be giving familial advice but I will say the most important thing my family does is that they always let me know that they are proud of me and that they have my back. That gives me peace of mind that my family will love me even if I don’t do great on an exam or something, it also motivates me to make them proud.
What is your favorite song and how does it relate to your UT experience?
My favorite song is Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira. I think it relates back to UT in 2 ways. First, UT’s motto is ” You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” So just as our hips don’t lie, UT doesn’t lie either, because we place a very high value on honesty and integity. Secondly, you can’t listen to Hips Don’t Lie without dancing and having fun just as you can’t come to UT without dancing and having fun. UT encourages you to make the most out of your time here and to step out of your comfort zone. So dance, even if you don’t know how! And just have fun! Your time in college is far too short not to enjoy it.
Classification:  Senior
Major:  Human Resources Management
Hometown:  Murfreesboro, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I chose to come to Big Orange Country because the university had ample opportunities to get involved with organizations where I can apply what I learned outside the class room in both community and career settings.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
Check your emails on a daily basis. Professors will send emails to you about assignments all the time and expect you to read them before the next class.
What is your most exciting UT memory?
Working with the development of the Leadership Studies minor! While working with the minor’s development for the past year and a half, I met my mentor and some of my best friends. This process allowed me to learn more about myself and help find ways to apply my interests and talents into a career setting and discover what I want to do career wise with my major.
Classification:  Senior
Major:  Communication Studies
Hometown:  Nashville, TN
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee, Knoxville?
I decided to attend The University of Tenneessee because I wanted an educational experience that took me out of my comfort zone and into a world of endless opportunities to grow and develop. UT has definitely provided that for me.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to incoming students?
My most important piece of advice I would give to incoming students is the embrace the diversity. College is a opportunity to explore new things and develop who you are as a person, embracing diversity helps that process.
What is your favorite song and how does it relate to your UT experience?
My favorite song is “Unpretty” by TLC. I think this relates to UT and it’s culture of embracing people as who they are.
Classification:  Sophomore
Major:  Marketing
Hometown:  Kingston, TN
What is your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is the Terrance on the Haslam College of Business. On a beautiful day there is nothing like sitting out in the sun, overlooking ped walkway, and staring at Neyland.
What is your most exciting UT memory?
My most exciting UT memory was the first heavy snow that came to UT and my friends and I had more snowball fights than we could count!
What is your favorite UT tradition?
Swaying back and forth to the Tennessee Waltz at the end of football games whether we won or lost.