Motlow State played a vital role in making a huge impact on my life! I came to Motlow as a Tennessee Promise freshman who had just graduated from high school as a homeschool student. Upon my arrival at Motlow, I was met with the utmost respect and eagerness from faculty, professors and staff to aid me in thriving while attending Motlow.
I was not completely sure which direction I wanted to take regarding my career choice, but after meeting with my advisor and receiving excellent guidance from professors, I was able to establish myself as an English major so I could attend law school and pursue a career as an attorney. The English department and professors (along with professors outside of the English department) were always very supportive and willing to help me with any questions and/or concerns I had. I was never unable to get ahold of a professor, nor was I met with any resistance when speaking with one.
One professor specifically that made an impact on my life while at Motlow was Elizabeth Grissom. I took many classes she taught, both in English and Criminal Justice. I always had a love for writing, but I truly found my passion for English and writing in Professor Grissom’s English II class. While this was a required class, it was nothing short of fun, creative, and one of the most interesting classes I took. Not only did Professor Grissom create a safe, open environment for discussions to be held amongst the class, but instead of talking at us while lecturing, she spoke to us in a way that allowed us, as students, to be on the same level as our professor and not feel intimidated to speak up if we did not understand a certain topic.
Aside from my in-class experience, Motlow also provided me with an amazing opportunity to get involved with my school outside of a classroom setting by getting involved with Psi Beta. I had the honor of being one of the first members of Motlow’s Smyrna campus chapter. I also had the honor of working alongside Tabitha Edwards, the Psi Beta director and one of my professors while at Motlow.
Attending Motlow was one of the best decisions I ever made regarding my college career. If I had not experienced college in such a positive way in the beginning, I do not believe I would be where I am today. I was able to truly take the time to choose what career path I wanted to take in my life instead of feeling rushed into choosing a major. Because of Motlow and the extraordinary staff and professors at the Smyrna campus, I was able to graduate with my Associate of Arts degree Cum Laude, transfer to MTSU and graduate with my Bachelor of Arts in English while minoring in Psychology, and now I am continuing my education at the Nashville School of Law to become an attorney in the state of Tennessee.