Student Stories

Emily - Tennessee Promise

Posted by Morley Winograd on June 04, 2018 at 6:08 AM

Two red lights. That’s how small Emily Buckner’s hometown in Gainesboro, Tennessee is. At the time of the 2010 census, there were 962 people living in this small, southern town. When she was a child and college seemed so far away, the message of attending Tennessee Tech (the local four-year school) was reinforced again and again due to her community’s social norms. But Emily wasn’t so sure she was going to follow a traditional path.

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Jake - Tennessee Promise

Posted by Morley Winograd on June 04, 2018 at 6:06 AM

Jake Childs grew up in Kingston, Tennessee, a town of 5,900 merely two hours away from booming Nashville. He always knew he was going to attend college but was nervous about how he would afford it. He also wrestled with insecurities around how he could be academically successful given the perception that college was more challenging than high school. Though he was a good student, he felt that he wasn’t prepared to major in engineering like some of his peers who were taking advanced placement classes in calculus, chemistry and physics.

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Brittany - Tennessee Promise

Posted by Morley Winograd on May 22, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Brittany Bergschicker grew up in Collierville, a suburb of Memphis as the youngest of four children. She always knew that she wanted to go to college and remembers driving by the local community college campus as a child. She told her mom, “I’m going to go to there one day.” As she grew up, Brittany began to feel like she didn’t “fit” into a certain mold in the same way her peers or siblings did. She wasn’t an exceptional student or athlete. While she was a varsity cross country runner, she rarely got the attention from her coach. At home, her brother and sister played sports and her other brother was into performing arts.

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