One prospective MTSU student with aspirations to be an anesthesiologist likes the university’s special partnership with Meharry Medical College.
Another student ranks MTSU as her “top choice” because of an outstanding aviation program. And a third young woman, who fell in love with the university as a child, likes the affordability, scholarship opportunities and not having to travel far to attend college.
The trio joined dozens more in the kickoff to the 2021 MTSU True Blue Tour recently in the Student Union Ballroom on campus.
MTSU opened its doors for students from Murfreesboro, Rutherford County and the surrounding area for the first stop on the 14-city tour across Tennessee as well as pending visits to Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and a tour-ending visit to Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, in November.
MTSU officials are emphasizing the importance of applying by the Dec. 1 deadline to receive a guaranteed scholarship for qualifying students.
Pobi’s pursuit of medical career
Shekinah Pobi, 17, lives in Smyrna, Tennessee, with her parents Samuel and Deborah Pobi, attends Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro just down East Main Street from the university and plans to pursue a pre-med path for a career as an anesthesiologist.
The Medical School Early Acceptance Program — an MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences-Meharry Medical College School of Medicine partnership — appeals to Pobi, who likes “the reduced time to become an anesthesiologist,” she said.
“The main consensus among my friends interested in medicine is that the length of time it takes isn’t worth it,” Pobi said. “Of course, you would want your doctor to be highly educated, but many believe their life won’t start until they are out of school. They don’t want to spend another 10 to 12 years in school. … The Meharry program would accelerate the time in school while also insuring I gain the necessary education to become a good doctor.”
Somewhat familiar with campus — having been a part of a True Blue 100 cohort of academically promising high school underclassmen three years ago — Pobi said the campus “looks nice from what I’ve seen so far.” She maintains a 4.0 GPA and hopes to increase her ACT from 27 to 30.
An interest in aviation
With a strong interest in aviation and aerospace engineering and pursuing a minor in education, Ireland MacMullen of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, is more than interested — “I’d say MTSU probably is my top choice,” the 18-year-old Green Hill High School senior said.
“It’s close to home and in-state,” she added. “They have one of the best aerospace programs in the country and a lot of my friends are considering coming here, too.” MacMullen is working to increase her ACT to 30 or higher and she has a weighted 4.38 GPA. She may look into the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Navy “for what I want to be doing (later).”
A brief visit with Vincent Windrow, associate vice provost for Student Success, had MacMullen collecting this advice: “Don’t be afraid of tutoring … and make sure you take advantage of all the resources,” he said.
Growing up a Blue Raider
Taylor Shank grew up being a Blue Raider and Blue Raiders fan. Her mother, alumna Lisa Shank, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration (office management concentration). Taylor recalls attending the 2017 Solar Eclipse event on campus with thousands of others, MTSU basketball games and school field trips.
Shank, 17, an Oakland High School senior, wants to study marketing with an emphasis in advertising.
“I don’t have to worry about being several hours away, there’s lots of scholarship opportunities and it’s more affordable than others schools,” said Shank. “It’s nice to know it’s nationally recognized and, at the end of the day, we are all here to learn.”
MTSU’s recruiting caravan stops next in Alabama, for Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept. 21-22 visits to Birmingham and Huntsville, respectively for 6 p.m. Central Time student receptions and 12:30 p.m. luncheons with counselors and community college staff.
True Blue Preview events
MTSU has two scheduled in-person True Blue Preview Saturday events — Sept. 25 and Nov. 6. On the RSVP for Special Events page, click the date you plan to attend. Prospective students can enjoy the full campus experience. Visitors can participate in academic and department presentations, obtain financial aid and scholarship information and pick from a variety of special interest sessions.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)