Blackman High School juniors received a firsthand look at MTSU’s Textiles, Merchandising, and Interior Design Program, biology and chemistry departments and careers in agriculture, geosciences and more during the Blackman Collegiate Academy Day April 5 on campus.
The MTSU-Blackman partnership is one of several arranged each semester during the academic year. It gives Blackman students opportunities to visit campus, meet MTSU students, faculty and administrators and learn about many of the university’s 240-plus undergraduate and graduate programs.
“It was great to be able to see most of campus and go into science rooms and laboratories I maybe will be taking classes in,” said Mayte Saenphansiri, who added that MTSU is his first choice for a college after he graduates from Blackman.
Breanna Bushman, who joined Saenphansiri and other classmates in the biology and chemistry class sessions, was particularly intrigued by biology chair Lynn Boyd’s “students doing research with worms.”
“It’s nice we got to see things we can potentially go in and it be our major,” Bushman said. Though she’s still undecided on her college choice, she said MTSU is “the one I would choose if I wasn’t going to go out of state because of class sizes and quality of education.”
Bushman also was impressed with the library. “I’ve been there before, but I realize how vast the information and research materials can be,” she said.
Noting Saenphansiri’s curiosity was chemistry professor Piotr Kasaynski, who showed the students polarizing filters and taught them about liquid crystals.
Twenty MTSU faculty members — including leisure, sport, and tourism studies; social work; education; nutrition and food science; and child development and family studies — took time to share their expertise with the Blackman students.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)