Extreme Home Makeover: Orange Grove Edition

By: Robresha Jackson and Charnele Box

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) -  For the intellectually disable, The Orange Grove Center is a safe haven. It is a place that is primarily focused on their mental and physical development in hopes of providing  more comfortable life like the rest of the world.

OGC

This is the document filled with the city of Chattanooga for assistance.

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, the Chattanooga City Council agreed to continue this movement by approving funds for Orange Grove, Inc. to create affordable rental housing. These funds were awarded on behalf of the HOMEAgain Program, a program that assists in creating supportive rental housing for underprivileged individuals and families to prevent homelessness.

According to documents from the Chattanooga City Council, the Department of Economic and Community Development are to award HOMEAgain Program funds in the amount of $45,000. The owner is to contribute $73,250 to create these affordable apartments.

Orange Grove residential services help support about 50 individuals in 23 homes located throughout the metropolitan area. While the non-profit organization may not own the homes, they help assist the individuals in leasing their home in the community and provide the staffing and oversight for the homes.

Orange Grove also provide residential rehabilitation housing. OGC has 25 homes serving 146 individuals. The residential rehabilitation housing supports two to eight individuals in Orange Grove Center homes with a house manager and support staff as needed. The staff helps with life skill development and many activities throughout the community.

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One of the Rehabilitation Homes provided by Orange Grove

Many agree that Orange Grove is a staple in the Chattanooga community that provides a safe environment for the mentally ill and that this initiative will only improve the private, non-profit organization.

“Orange Grove has worked hard to become the establishment that they are. If it wasn’t for Orange Grove coming along individuals with developmental disabilities would be left at home or in mental intuitions,” said Diamond Pride OGC employee.  She also stated that OGC allow the individuals have regular lives help them feel more inclusive in the community.

Darious James, Direct Support Professional at OGC weighed in on the mentally ill clients and OGC’s initiative to make them feel more independent. “Orange Grove does a great justice to the community plus they also let the individuals work and make money on real jobs. ”

Although it is not clear on who the new, affordable apartments will be made available to, it is clear that Orange Grove is always finding ways to improve their organization.

More information will be provided as the story continues to unfold.

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Gamma Phi Beta UTC House Coming August 2014

By Rose Street

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC The Loop) – Home, Sweet, Home! The Eta Kappa Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta has a house!

It was announced that Gamma Phi Beta, a recent addition to the Panhellenic sororities at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, had received a house.

Collegiate Leadership Counselor Maddy Schroeder could not share any news about current negotiations regarding the house or its location, but she is “very excited about the housing prospects in Chattanooga!”

Two Gamma Phi Beta Sisters

Two Gamma Phi Beta Sisters

UTC Sophomore Andrea Kulezs who joined Gamma Phi Beta in the fall of 2013 shared her hopes for the house, “I think it will make us closer as a sorority because we will be able to hang out with each othermore in a safer environment instead of going here and there and everywhere to meet.”

UTC Junior  and Gamma Phi Beta member Whitney Johnson said that the house is partially funded by the dues paid by the sororities members, and that it is on track to be open by August 2014.

The Eta Kappa Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta was founded in the fall of 2013 at UTC. For more information about Gamma Phi Beta’s arrival, visit the Times Free Press.

Other Panhellenic Council Chapters on UTC’s campus include:

  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Zeta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Sigma Kappa

Further information about the house will be provided when it becomes available. If you are interested in joining the Gamma Phi Beta sorority or just learning more about it, go to UTC’s Gamma Phi Beta homepage.

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UTC Is Building Towards Success

By: Sid Sadler

CHATTANOOGA,Tenn(UTC/The Loop) – UTC is planning on purchasing the State building off McCallie Ave., and turning it into an all freshmen residence hall in the coming future.

Currently, the only residence hall that’s all freshman is Stagmaier Hall, which is located on the south side of Lockmiller.

Layout of Stagmaier Hall Bedroom.

Layout of Stagmaier Hall Bedroom.

Vice Chancellor for Housing and Residence Life Tim Johnson said that the school has already purchased the property, and is waiting for the state to move offices from the old building to a new location.
There are still some issues needing to be worked out, Johnson said,  “No decisions have been made of the disposition of the building. We have an architectural firm doing an analysis of the building to help in that decision making process. All options are on the table at this point.”

Some on-campus freshman aren’t sure about how they feel about an all freshman residence hall. Freshman Casey Stinnett said, ” I don’t like the idea of secluding freshman in one building.”

  • Freshman retention rate has been an issue for UTC, according to a Times Free Press article. At the current rate the article said, UTC is retaining less than 70% of freshman.
  • In that same article Johnson said, “If these students thrive, they’ll stick around for another year or three to earn a diploma.”

Other students echo what Johnson has said. Junior Rachel Curtis said,  “I think a new building will bring a new type of excitement here on campus, and possibly keep some freshman here on UTC’s campus.”

The new residence hall doesn’t have a final scheduled open date. Johnson did say they hope they can open by fall 2017.

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Smooth Sailing for New Incoming Freshmen

Smooth Sailing for New Incoming Freshmen

By Courtney Archer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop)- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) freshmen can breathe a sigh of relief as they enter their first semester of college this fall.

A new plan, designed to help freshmen succeed, has been implemented for students to have their classes assigned rather than choosing them for the first semester.

Assistant Provost for Student Retention and Success Fran Bender says the preselected schedules will also help to cater to students’ individual majors.

Dr. Bender says that each student will complete an Academic Interest Questionnaire (AIQ), developed by each department that is unique to that student’s major.

“In the AIQ, students give us general information.  Then we ask them, ‘Do you have any situation like band, athletics work that would impact the schedule that we might give you?’” she says.  “We ask them to select courses out of general education that they would like to take.  Then we started building schedules,” she added.

The program will also help the Academic Advisors, because they will be able to explain the requirements of each student’s major after he/she has chosen.  This way the students know what they’re going into before they start into their chosen field of study.

Bender said that overall freshman response has been positive.

Click here to hear Dr. Fran Bender on freshmen orientation

Bender said the program would run indefinitely for about three years so that Provost can evaluate its success.  After which, the school will decide whether to keep the agenda or go back to the way it was before.

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Final Exams at UTC

By: Victoria Hampstead

Victoria-Hampstead@mocs.utc.edu

Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC/ The Loop) -For many, what happens in the next week or so will be a huge determinate for if their semester was considered successful or not. Yes, finals week has arrived on the campus of UTC.

Several students study at the Lupton Library

Throughout the semester time management, studying, and papers come and go but when finals begin there is a subtle shift in the air. For many, the tests, assignments, presentations, and papers due for finals carry much more weight than those due over the entire semester. For example, in one General Science class the research paper is worth over 25% of the final grade. With statistics like these, the notable influx to the Lupton Library is not without reason.

It’s true, the library is much more active during the last couple weeks of school. This is clear if you simply go to the desk and the answer is “we are out of computers”.  Does this indicate a change of study habits during finals?

Maggie Dougherty, a junior and communications major at UTC, said she notices the change in the library around finals saying she can’t focus because there are so many people.

Maggie Dougherty on the library during finals

Lauren Vantrese, a Junior Bio-Chemistry major, appreciates the Lupton Library during finals as a common meeting place for students.

Lauren Vantrese comments on the library

When it comes to studying in general, Jordan Foutch, 21-year-old Chemistry major says his study habits don’t change much when it’s time for finals. “My study habits are pretty much the same because they are so closely spaced together that you don’t have time to space them out.” Foutch also noted that while he retains information pretty well he feels that having to study in such a rushed manner causes him to put less effort into studying overall.  When asked what keeps Foutch motivated his answer was simple,

Brad Gibson, Chemical Engineering major, studying at the Lupton Library

“Getting accepted to Med School.”

Senior Kevin Brown, a mechanical engineering major, echoed Foutch in his frustrations about finals. Brown said by finals “I give up, I’m burnt out by the time they come around.” Although he is willing to admit “My study habits are sloppy, Helter Skelter if you will,” Brown said some motivators for him are will power in the form of friends and Red Bull.

Finals can be difficult for many but there are resources for help. William Rapaport, of New York at buffalo has several suggestions for handling exams. His article “How to Study: A Brief Guide” has helpful tips for studying in general but when it comes to exams he narrows it down.  He urges students to not simply re-read the text book, make a study outline, do sample problems, make flash cards, and finally stop studying when you are confident.

UTC takes note of the need and sometimes the time management issues students have for studying during finals and therefore the Lupton Library makes some changes for finals. Starting on Monday, April 25, Library hours extend to two in the morning on many weekdays and extend other hours throughout the week. This new schedule helps facilitate studying for many.

As exams approach, it may also be useful to note the exam schedule on UTC’s website.

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When Mythology Comes to Life?

By: Desiree Garza

CHATTANOOGA(UTC/TheLoop) – Though it is a mouthful to say, Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine is a somewhat new and still fresh free MMO for teens and adults to play.

Jack Frost is not only a demon in Imagine but also the mascot of Atlus Co. "HeeHo"

Jack Frost is not only a demon in Imagine but also the mascot of Atlus Co. "HeeHo"

Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine is a Teen rated MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) developed by Cave Co. and published by Aeria Games. The game is based off the the Japanese game series Shin Megami Tensei by Atlus Co.  The series may be regarded as a cult following, but has been growing over the years. It is a free to play MMO with an item mall. This means that the player may log on and play any time without a subscription. However, there are items available for you to purchase with real money to help with gameplay. Players are able to interact with hundreds of others within North America, depending on which version you are playing, as they run through dungeons and fend off new foes.

Story

The story is very long and in depth but is  told as the player first starts the game. It takes place between the first and second Shin Megami Tensei games in a post apocalyptic world. According to the story, in 1990, man began working on a way to make teleportation. However, the process began to create data made up of mythological and other fictional beings that would later be named “Demons.” Missiles were launched from all over the globe to try and destroy the creatures. However, this only caused the destruction of man kind.

Those that survived this war or “The Great Destruction” lived in small underground shelters called “Homes.” During the story of the first Shin Megami Tenssei, there was a group of young individuals that ventured out to the demon and human world to try and bring peace and new guidance to the world. Under the guidance of the seven wise men, man left the Homes and constructed a giant tower and city called Shinjuku Babel. Here a new era of law would be ordered.

Years of peace passed by before three large obelisks appeared around Tokyo with army of demons emerging from them. Each player is called a “Demon Buster” and it is their job to keep these demons under control, and bring back peace to this still barren but growing wasteland.

Demons?

Suzanne Black's image of her and another player's demons.

Suzanne Black's image of her and another player's demons.

The game revolves around befriending “demons” to help  the player in their travels. The demons do not all reflect what you may be typically used to when you see this word. Most of them come from different mythologies. The demons range from angels and fairies to wisps and devils. So there is a wide variety for you to choose from. One player, Suzanne Black, said, “Well I like how they are based on world mythology and there are various kinds, so it lets players stick to ones they like.” Several of these demons are not very child friendly and neither is this game. As Alessa Gregory put it, “It’s basically Pokemon for adults.”

Each demon falls into a category and alignment. The alignments are Law, Neutral, and Chaos. The alignment you begin to develop will reflect how much it cost to summon these demons to your side. Even if the demon does not match the alignment of they player,  they can still befriend it. Demons can be fused together in order to create a new one. Demons made through fusion also inherit abilities they would not normally have obtained in the wild.

Basic Controls

The movement in Imagine uses the point and click maneuver with your mouse. The player targets the ground to click where they need to go or click on the enemy they wish to attack. The player may also use the “A, W, S, and D” keys to move. However, you use the number keys to control your character’s attacks, and then the function keys to control you demon’s attacks as well as use the mouse. This may get in the way of movement, so it is important to choose which one the player will use for the mouse or the keys.  There are also shortcuts built in to help open up the different menus in the game.

It should be noted that the Demons will act on their own if you set their AI to do so. This will either help the player in a pinch or make matters worse. The AI tends to be a bit random and will not always pick the best possible answer for a situation.

The Tab key can but used to switch from movement and camera control of the demon and the player. However, when controlling the demon directly, the player will be unable to move the camera at all. It will not even follow the demon very far either. The emphasis of the game is to use the main character while the demon supports. Rarely will need arise to take direct control of the demon in order to fight several long battles. This control switch is more useful if the player dies yet the demon is still alive.

Need more information on the shortcut keys and controls? Click here to view the guide provided by the main site.

System Requirements (Basic)

It is recommended that better equipment and systems are used but these are the bare basics to simply play the game.

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista (32-bit only)/possibly 32bit Windows 7
  • DirectX: DirectX 9.0c or above
  • Hard Drive Space: 1.78 GB
  • Mouse: Windows Compatible (Scroll Wheel recommended)
  • Sound Card: DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • CPU: 3.1 Ghz Intel P3 or equivalent
  • Network: Cable Modem/DSL
  • Graphic Cards: DirectX 9 compatible with 3D acceleration
    GeForce4, ATI RADEON 8500 or better

Gameplay

Demon Buster attacking demon with a basic attack.

Demon Buster attacking demon with a basic attack.

The game starts off with the basic storyline and some tutorials that not only introduce the basic gameplay, but has some interesting cinematic movies to develop the story further for the character. As the players progress,  they will find out the game does not have any set class to choose from. However, there is still considered a class or specialization according to the attributes and expertise the players choose.

Attributes are the ‘stats’ a character has. Every time you gain experience points for killing a monster and completing quest, the player may gain a level. When the player gains a level, they are given points to distribute to their attributes. The attributes are Strength, Magic, Vitality, Intelligence, Speed, and Luck. Each of these attributes help the player grow stronger in certain areas of combat. A Melee type character is one that uses close physical combat and weapons. They usually need Strength, Vitality or Luck. There are also, Mages, Gunners, Enhancers, Crafting classes, or any combination of these. It is up to the player but there are limits. A single player cannot max out each attribute. No single player can be the best of every single type of combat or crafting available.

Expertise are the second half of the character development system. In order to learn new skills or abilities to use in combat, players must choose which expertise to level up. Players select the one they desire to learn. I will use the expertise “Rush” as an example. If the expertise is selected, then every time that player uses “RUSH” he or she will gain experience points in the “Rush” expertise. After so many points are earned in one expertise, it will level up in class and eventually allow the player to learn new skills. There is a limit based on the level of the player as to how much expertise points can be used. This keeps players from being able to train and master every skill.

Once the player gets a feel for the game and what they want to become, he or she can start running dungeons and forming parties with other players. Dungeons are areas specifically designed to for a challenge and more than one member. They have several small rooms with dozens of high level monsters. The final floor will contain a boss and several minions. If defeated, every member in the party will gain special rewards that cannot be obtained any other way.

Final Thoughts

Shin Megami Tensei Imagine is probably not for the casual player. The game revolves around some pretty complex and sometimes not too user friendly systems. This does not, however, mean the game is bad in any sense. But it is defiantly definitely a challenge. Like the series it is based off of, knowing almost every weakness and resistance are usually the only way to beat your opponent. Simply trying to overpower yourself and just go crazy will not always work. Furthermore, the level up system takes a great deal of time compared to some of the more casual MMOs. It is still what gamers called a grinding game. That is a game where you simply fight monsters over and over again to level. There are some quests but it is not the main way to level.

The Demon system is by far the greatest aspect, and is fresh and new to MMO gaming. Being able to obtain and customize your own partner for fighting is nothing short of amazing. It is a great way to play on your own for small fights as well as a way to defend your weaknesses. Danny Butler said, “It reminds me a lot of Guild Wars. You don’t have to play with a lot of players. You can go off and do your own thing.” There are over 100 demons to choose from and each with their own unique abilities and fighting style. A player could spend months just raising and obtaining different demons to try out.

Demon Buster casting a spell

Demon Buster casting a spell

Another great aspect are the graphics. The game uses a slight anime art style while still trying to be realistic at the same time. It is not too bad to look at and the settings can be adjusted quite well according to your graphical needs.

The downside is that the controls will take a lot of getting used to. Sometimes it is required to adjust the camera mid battle and with the already very picky and very precise timing of attacks, this can lead to some unfortunate results. It will take some getting used to but it is possible. Secondly, the Hybrid aspect of the game is much harder to pull off than it may seem. Though it promotes the idea that you can make a character any way you like, it is almost still required that there is a very primary focus in order to maximize any skill. This can make playing by yourself very difficult. Some classes with have a far harder time than others. Enhancers are healers in the game but in order to every do much good, they usually have to go full enhancing and have no offensive skills besides their demon. The same goes for master crafter. It is almost mandatory for such players to have a party willing to let them travel with them. (The Enhancer should not have so much an issue with but the crafter will.)

As a closing comment, I will note that this is probably one of the cheapest free to play MMO’s on the net as of this time. Many “Free” MMOs tend to make it so that the game they play is very low end until they are willing to spend more money than they do with a subscription based MMO. This game does not do that. If your wallet is low on dough, you want a challenge, and something fresh, Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine is the game for you.

There is still a lot of information that was sadly not covered in this review. To find out more, visit the sites Wiki.

Want to share your experience with Imagine? Send me an e-mail at Desiree-Garza@utc.edu

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What Concerns Me Most: My Mother Flying

By Sue Harris

Email to: susannah-harris@utc.edu

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) —   My mother has recently decided that she wants to learn how to fly airplanes. As most would assume, this concerns me greatly. Flying an airplane is not something that most people have a desire to do, and/or the resources to achieve it. But some how my mother has found a way.

Two Christmas’ ago my step dad asked her what she wanted for Christmas, and she replied with flying lessons. Most people would laugh to this response, but my step dad went out to our local hanger and asked how she could learn how to fly. The gift was just one lesson to fly a plane, and she said it was the greatest experience of her life. She loved the speed of the take off and the adrenaline rush of landing. She asked me to go with her one time, and I responded with “What? Are you crazy!?”

After her one flight experience she decided to make it a full time hobby. She took all of the class lessons and is currently working on her flight hours to get her Private Pilot License. Every time she has a lesson I am always invited to go. I don’t think I will ever feel comfortable enough knowing that my life rests in the hands of the woman who raised me.

At first, my main concern with her flying was the risk of the whole activity. Will she crash? Will the plane have some malfunction that she can’t handle? But now, it seems more like I am concerned with my mother being more adventurous than I am. She is 51 years old and found something she loves to do. I am 20 years old, and barley have time to think than find a hobby that I enjoy. If I am in the prime of my years, why is my mom having a better time than I am? Will it take me 30 more years to find something that I am that passionate about?

My mom has also always told me that this is the best time in my life to do anything I want. She wants me to go on an adventure before my life gets too hectic after college, and maybe I should. If she has the guts to do something really risky, then I should too. If I am so concerned with my mom being more adventurous than me, then what is holding me back?

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Worst Elevator on Campus

By: Desiree Garza

CHATTANOOGA(UTC/TheLoop)

Most of the elevators on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s campus are well built and stand the test of time. However, some seem alarming, and I took some of them for a test drive.

Hunter Hall Elevator

Hunter Hall Elevator

Three caught my attention for their disturbing rides. The first, the Hunter Hall building elevator. Tiffiany Kelsie, a UTC student, said, “The Hunter Hall elevator gets stuck like every semester. I wouldn’t ride it ever.” Another student, Crysta Rice said it was sometimes slow. Once I finally became brave enough to try it, I wish I had not.

On the first ride this elevator shook and even jumped on occasion. This one creaked so loud you can even hear it from outside. This elevator sometimes jumped right as you tried to get on. I never want to ride it again.

The second worst honors goes to the Cadek Hall elevator, in what is known as the music building. I found out about this elevator from an anonymous tip. Finding it was very annoying because it’s on one side and far back inside. The sounds of the pianos and choir echoing in the halls made the Cadek elevator more of an enjoyable trip. Too bad I could not hear them from the elevator.

At first the Cadek elevator seemed fine, but once I choose to get on from the ground floor to the first floor it changed its tune quickly. It started to vibrate and creak more than what was normal, taking me by surprise. I was so scared that I ended my trip right there and refused to go back on.

The third and most well known worst elevator is the one in Brock. James Lowe, Communications major, said, “It’s a death trap.” He says it is too slow, makes crazy noises and is too small. I have heard comments and whispers down the halls similar to this all the time. This was the first time, however, I tried it out myself.

The elevator does contain lots of humming and creaking sounds after you get past the second floor. The door will even shake at times. The Brock elevator is also far too slow compared to any others on campus. The wait time to get on feels like an eternity. Once on the elevator, it will take even longer for it to finally come to a stop and open its doors.

Cadek Hall Elevator Buttons

Cadek Hall Elevator Buttons

We should emphasis all information presented are still based off opinions and speculation. Few facts have been presented to state that these elevators are a danger to actually ride. The elevators for now seem a bit frightening to some.

Click here to learn about elevator safety tips.

Got an elevator experience? Click here to share it.

Click here to view news and other information on elevator accidents.

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What Do You Drive?

By Christine Sumner

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/TheLoop) — Transportation is something most people don’t give much thought to. You get up in the morning, get in your car and go. For UTC students, it’s a very similar scenario.

Some live on the campus and have the luxury of missing a commute. But for others, a commute is a routine part of their day. This journey is all made possible by their car. Whether it be a truck, van, compact, or suv, that car gets you where you need to be.

For UTC, Mallory Norris, her Toyota Yaris gets her to classes on a daily basis. She hasn’t had for very long but so far she likes it. The only thing she doesn’t like is that it doesn’t have cruise control and it’s red. Other than that, it was a very economical purchase.

Compact cars are not everyone’s style though. John West has had 2001 Dodge Dokata since he was 15 years old and it’s still running strong.

Not all students are content with their mode of transportation. Like myself, some students can’t wait to get rid of their first car and get something that suites them better. Courtane Stanton shares these feelings. She drives a Ford Focus but is ready to get a Honda.

No matter what kind of car you drive, it sends a message to other drives. The make, the model, and color all share something about you with  other people. According to Bukisa, people share traits with their cars. People who drive black cars tend to be more aggressive and dangerous drives.

The model also shares information with other people on the road. People who drive sport cars tend to be more adventures in life and drive faster than the average driver. Minivan drivers are looking for an escape and are nurturing individuals.

No matter what car you drive it is important to keep it run in top shape for as long as possible. Here are some easy tips to keep in mind to help improve your car’s life.

  • Get routine oil changes
  • Check the air pressure in your tires
  • Don’t let it run out of gas.
  • Wash regularly and wax occasionally to keep the outside looking brand new.

These are just a few idea to help maintain your car. For more ideas check out Reader’s Digest
online for 74 car tips that could do your car a world of  good.

Haven’t found the car that you want yet?? That’s ok. Before long, you will graduate and be able to afford a car that you actually enjoy driving.

There are some really great car dealerships in the area. I personally bought my Volkswagen GTI
right here in Chattanooga. Buying my first car was really exciting and stressful. It was love at first site when I saw my car and thoroughly enjoy driving it. It was especially exciting for me because my previous car was a Ford Taurus, which I thoroughly disliked from day one.

Having a car that you enjoy is very important. You need a car that fits both your personality and your needs for the automobile. There are many things to consider
whey buying a car.

  • How much money can you afford to spend?
  • How safe is the car?
  • How many passengers will you be carrying around?
  • What kind of warranty is available for the car?
  • How big of a car do you want?

Whether your buy new or used, my advice is to get something you truly love. It makes all the difference in your daily commute.

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UTC: Where Success Starts

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.

utc picThough 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.

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