By: Meaghan Dant
Chattanooga, TN (UTC)– In today’s society, it is imperative for young people to receive a college degree. With our country facing a recession and the economy in a downward spiral, the key behind success is attending a great university.
In 2005 I graduated from a private high school in Chattanooga and after being accepted to numerous colleges across the state, I decided to be one of the many new faces on the campus of The University of Tennessee.
Going from a class of around 150 students to immersing myself into an unknown world was an unforgettable experience. I was among over 20,000 students wandering the infamous campus in the 2005-2006 academic year.
After a rather difficult freshman year, I left the massive university on a quest to find a school where I fit in. For personal reasons, I attended Dalton College from 2006-2007 with high expectations.
Though I did will while attending the small Northwest Georgia school, I did not feel quite at home. After spending a year at Dalton State I went on yet another search to find the perfect school for me.
I came to UTC as a confused junior with no definite major and did not know where my future would take me. I found UTC to be excessively helpful with the entire enrollment process with everything from transcripts to financial aid.
The university’s decision to add a regional discount was the ultimate reason why I chose UTC being that I live in the state of Georgia.
The regional tuition discount offers a lowered tuition rate to students who live outside the state of Tennessee, but 50 miles from the UTC campus.
When compared to its counterparts, UTC is a rather small size but it has so much more to offer. Small class sizes are an amazing feature UTC has, along with insurmountable resources at students’ disposal.
UTC has many facilities on campus to help students with any academic problem. Free and available to all students, the student success center and the counseling center offer tutoring in numerous subjects.
The faculty and staff at UTC take amazing measures to ensure your success by doing anything they can to help you and answering any questions you may have.
I have been at UTC for two and a half years and am preparing to graduate in December. There has never been a doubt in my mind that UTC has helped me on the path to graduation.
With our nation’s staggering statistic that only 33% of all high school graduates go to college, I knew that not achieving the status of a college graduate was not an option. According to the Council for Aid to Education and the National Governors Association, only 42% of college students graduate and go on to make more than 40% when compared to college grads.
I utilized many resources offered at UTC to find a program I truly excelled in. I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and there is no doubt in my mind that UTC has played a pivotal role in my success as a student and my soon to be success as a communication professional.