Hi, I'm Brian Walsh from Mount Pleasant and I'm one! I'm one of Tennessee's Best at Middle Tennessee State University.
I came to MTSU because of its location. Being an hour away, I was far enough to do my own thing but when laundry accumulated, home was still right there. I had looked into going to a couple of other schools—including Harvard—but in the end, they weren't where I wanted to be. I wanted to be at Middle Tennessee.
I was sold on MTSU when I took the campus tour. When I first saw the campus and the way it was laid out, I knew this was the place for me. Like everyone else, I was nervous about college and finding my way around but the tour and the people really put me at ease. I knew I would do really well here. And after getting lost a couple of times in Peck Hall my first week on campus, I was sure. I was ready for the change that college brought to my life.
Being involved has really changed my perception about the size of our campus. I knew that MTSU was a big school, the biggest in Tennessee, but it really doesn't feel that way. Once I got involved in CUSTOMS as a Student Orientation Assistant (SOA), I started to see my former CUSTOMS students all the time. As a student I also was a Lightning Leader, a member of Rowdy Raiders, B.O.L.T., Homecoming Committee, Up Til Dawn, and broadcasted volleyball, soccer and softball games. When I walked across campus, I saw people I knew all the time!
I'm excited about the expansion taking place on campus right now. The new student union is going to be really cool. There will be a lot more space for meetings, events, and just hanging out. We are also adding a new building to house the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and another that will become a state-of-the-art science building. They did a great job with the expansion of the recreation center and even the roundabout. I had my doubts at first, but it has turned out to be really great. It has made getting around that part of campus much easier, and it looks good! MTSU has done a wonderful job with its plans for the future. All recent additions and newly planned initiates have and will continue to provide opportunities for students.
Academically, I came in as an undeclared student. There were so many areas I was interested in and so many different things I wanted to do that I just wanted to take classes for awhile and figure it out. At the time, I was interested in studying concrete industry management, broadcast journalism, and becoming a preacher. After some time, I settled on studying broadcast journalism in our renowned College of Mass Communication and picking up a minor in Leadership Studies. These classes helped me in another passion of mine, the church. I attend Northfield Boulevard Church of Christ where I teach a high school bible class that allows me to relate what is going on in the world today with what Jesus and the Apostles taught. My classes have really taught me how to communicate the information in the Bible and present it to others effectively.
Getting involved on campus really piqued my interest in working with students, so shortly after I received my Bachelors degree from MTSU in 2009, I took a position in the Admissions Office as an admissions coordinator. I work with students, families, and counselors on a daily basis, and it seems that every day I'm drawing on something that I learned in a class or through involvement in one of my organizations. Public speaking, organization, interpersonal communication, you name it…all honed here. I'm currently working on my Masters Degree and do you know where I chose to take my classes? That's right…MTSU! I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else.
As I grow up, I begin to appreciate my education more and more. MTSU not only provided me with a respected degree, it also gave me the experiences necessary to begin a successful career. I know it can do the same for you, too!
Come be one—one of Tennessee's Best at Middle Tennessee State University. You'll be glad you did. I know I am.