The time that I spent at Motlow, first as a community college student and then as a Tennessee State University 2+2 student, means everything to me.
I am an adjunct professor at Motlow doing what I love to do; getting to know my students and sharing my passion for helping them to learn. My Motlow experience enabled me to become a better and more caring teacher, thanks to the examples set by my instructors.
I first attended Motlow at the McMinnville campus, as a non-traditional student, and found it to be a warm and supportive environment. I have very fond memories of my two years there as I pursued my degree in Criminal Justice.
When I think of the Motlow campus culture that I experienced, I think of two words: helpful and friendships.
I made some awesome friendships at Motlow that I cherish to this day. Because our class sizes on the McMinnville campus were small, students had the opportunity to get to know each other well. We supported each other during class, studied together, worked in labs together, and became lasting friends. We also had the opportunity to get to know our instructors, which further assisted us in learning.
My Motlow instructors were accommodating and were always there for me. They took the time to answer questions and made special efforts to assist students in learning, especially in the more challenging courses such as biology and geology. Instructors would open labs for extra hours before and after class for students.
My favorite instructor in McMinnville was Lisa Mayo, who I had for Geology. I loved her and the way that she taught, primarily because I teach now, I aspire to be like her. She was so down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and passionate about teaching, and she took the time to have relationships with students. I have very fond memories of the field trips we took. I wanted to be that kind of teacher!
Motlow instructors encouraged me to get involved with several campus activities. Once I started getting involved, I felt at home. I was fortunate to be named Miss Motlow and Homecoming Queen. These memories are very dear to me. It was during this time at Motlow that I gained the self-confidence that I was lacking and is so essential to a student.
Motlow had recently partnered with Tennessee State University for the 2 + 2 Criminal Justice Program. The program appealed to me as I had enjoyed Dr. Lucy Craig when I was a Motlow student. Dr. Craig oversaw the TSU 2+2 program. This program allowed me to stay on a Motlow campus, Moore County, and finish my bachelor’s degree. Just as I did during my two years as a Motlow student, I benefitted from smaller classroom environments and one-on-one time with professors. I might have never finished my degree if this partnership between the two schools did not exist.
Choosing Motlow gave me a distinct advantage since I was able to take on more responsibility with my schoolwork and could stay more focused due to less distractions.
Motlow is a fantastic opportunity for everyone who can take advantage of it. It is mainly a great learning or adjustment period for students coming out of high school.
Through Motlow, I have made life-long friendships and been inspired by my professors. It thrills me to share that five years after I received my associate degree, I am back “home” again as a Motlow professor, teaching at the Smyrna campus!