I have wanted to come to Trevecca since I was a kid. I grew up in a Nazarene home, as a Pastor’s kid, with parents that graduated from Trevecca back when it was still Trevecca Nazarene College, in 1985. However, after awhile and as I got older, I felt pressured to come here. I felt forced into it, not really by my parents, but I felt like it was what I was “supposed to do.” I had gotten all the Trevecca t-shirts at church camp, had talked to all the admissions counselors that had come to my church and to all the district events, met the public relations bands that came to lead worship, and had fun with the Summer Ministry Teams that came and helped out with camp and played games with us. For two years, we even had camp on TNU’s campus instead of at our district campground. I had been to Homecoming after Homecoming over the years, and all of the glossy purple brochures I got in the mail became overwhelming and stifling. I wanted to rebel and go to a random state school just to get away from everything that was normal for me. My senior year of high school, in November, I came to Trevecca for a screening of the movie The Grace Card. (My church in Memphis made that movie, and if you haven’t seen it, WATCH IT!) In order for me to be excused from school that day, I had to take a campus visit. I wasn’t overly excited about it; I had been on campus more times than I can count, so I assumed I knew everything on the tour. AND it was pouring down rain and cold! However, I was definitely surprised by what I learned. The history of the buildings and their namesakes are so humbling. It’s as if you can feel their presence here with us, and everything they mean to this school. After that campus tour, I had gotten to know Trevecca in a whole new light. I was HOOKED. I knew that after that, there was no place else for me. That summer before my freshman year, I had so much fun meeting people on the freshman class Facebook page, buying cute stuff for my dorm, and preparing for the big transition. The whole transition was even better than I had expected. It was crazy how I felt so at home so fast when I moved in. My Leap group (freshman seminar class) was filled with people who I became fast friends with, many of whom I am still close to. I had an incredible group of girls on my floor in Johnson Hall, complete with dozens of closets to choose from, and more nail polish options than I could count! I had great RAs, peer mentors, and older students that I became friends with that helped me out along the way. I had great professors who cared about me not only as a student, but as an individual and a Christian. I was blessed with a great job in the Admissions Office as a student recruitment team member and tour guide. And this was all in the first two weeks of school!!! I will never forget my freshman year of college, and it has only gotten better from there!
My friends kinda make fun of me for how much I love Trevecca. They tell me I literally bleed purple, and I believe them. There is no place else in the world that God would have wanted me to be these past several years. When I graduate from here in May, I will miss Trevecca everyday, but it will always with me – in the education I’ve received, relationships with professors, classmates, mentors, and lifelong friendships I have made while here. These will forever be a vital part of my life and career. I have never felt more at home than when at Trevecca, and I am SO thankful for my home on this Holy Hill. My Trevecca experience has been an incredible time of learning, growth, and joy over these past three years. It is where I have discovered more about myself and my Creator.
Watch this INCREDIBLE video that the Offices of Marketing and Admissions collaborated to make, and it will tell you exactly why you belong here at TNU! It has a little something for everyone, and it could definitely be YOUR home for the next four years. I am a firm believer in Trevecca being a place where great stories begin.
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