“I’ll be honest, I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m hoping to figure that out.”

Stuart Sluss is a computer science student here at ETSU. When asked why he chose his major, Stuart told me, “I worked at a place called PC Tech for a few years in my hometown. Basically, I fixed people’s computers and iPhones all day. I guess at some point I just realized I was actually … More “I’ll be honest, I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m hoping to figure that out.”

“I passed my exam! I made a 98 and I was just really proud of myself.”

As you might imagine, it is difficult for any student to transfer to a new university. Living somewhere new and unfamiliar and attending classes with people you don’t know would be overwhelming to anyone, to say the least. This transition is surely amplified for students transferring to a university in a foreign country. This was the case about … More “I passed my exam! I made a 98 and I was just really proud of myself.”

“I’m not arty enough to be an art major…I’m too commercial.”

Today I learned what it meant to be a graphic design major while chatting with Bethany Thomasson in the D.P. Culp Center Cave. When Bethany told me her course of study, I wrongfully compared it to that of an art major. “I love art, but I’m not into art the way some people are into art. … More “I’m not arty enough to be an art major…I’m too commercial.”

“I feel like the way to get people to cooperate and come together is to step into their shoes and their situations.”

As it turns out, The Cave is #1 spot on campus to meet a diverse and interesting array of individuals. This is how I met Penniel Huggins and spoke with him about his life as a college student. “Technically I’m a grad student in the sense that I graduated last year in December. But I’m … More “I feel like the way to get people to cooperate and come together is to step into their shoes and their situations.”

“It’s more like an interest in getting famous…so people won’t forget me, you know?”

Me: “Pose in a way that feels natural to you.” Em: “Say no more.” Yesterday I met Michael “Em” White, a sophomore here at ETSU who is majoring in theatre. When asked why theatre appealed to him, Em said, “When I was younger, I had a dream of becoming an actor, more or less famous. … More “It’s more like an interest in getting famous…so people won’t forget me, you know?”

“I’ll be focusing on the geospatial aspect of geology…It’s actually one of the biggest growing sectors of the program.”

Meet Mitchell Ogden, a senior geosciences major here at ETSU. “What basically got me into the program was that I used to be a history major, but I wanted to try something different. So I tried out a few of the intro classes in the geography department here and learned about basic landforms, cartography and … More “I’ll be focusing on the geospatial aspect of geology…It’s actually one of the biggest growing sectors of the program.”

“I Know Absolutely Everybody on Campus.”

Juan Pearson: life of the party, social butterfly, theatre major. These are three things I learned about the junior today as we chatted between classes. Juan explained to me his experience choosing a major that is infamous for producing “starving artists.” “I’m a theatre major, and my grandma when I told her this was like … More “I Know Absolutely Everybody on Campus.”

“I Prefer Figurative Art. I Like to Paint People…It’s Difficult for me to Explain.”

Today in the Culp Center, these violet locks caught my attention among a sea of students scurrying to class. I assumed the head attached to them must be an interesting one so I introduced myself. The purple tresses belong to studio art major, Alexis Whitaker. As an art major, she discussed her familiarity with the … More “I Prefer Figurative Art. I Like to Paint People…It’s Difficult for me to Explain.”

“What sucks is when you aren’t able to create things.”

“I used to be a graphic design major, but I changed it to nutrition because…things suck.” Amber Wilson learned she had cancer last year and this news caused her college career to switch gears a bit. “I already have celiac disease, so I already watch what I eat. And now I don’t have a thyroid and … More “What sucks is when you aren’t able to create things.”