Laura Bosi
Bartlett, TN

Hi, I'm Laura Bosi from Bartlett, Tennessee and I'm one! I'm one of Tennessee's best and I want you to be one, too.

I had no idea where I wanted to attend college but Middle Tennessee State University is where I found my home. After I took a campus tour the summer before my senior year of high school, MTSU felt like a great fit. Unlike the other college tours I went on, the MTSU tour helped me to know that MTSU was the place for me. It felt just right and I really liked the size of Murfreesboro, even though the campus - at the time - felt overwhelming to me. I consider Murfreesboro to be a perfect-sized city. It has a lot to offer and Nashville is only a 30-minute drive away.

I always knew that I wanted to work with children in some arena but was unsure what path to take, so I came to MTSU to study education. After a few semesters I realized I really wanted to be a child life specialist, so I changed my major to Child Development and Family Studies. MTSU has an excellent program and will help me reach my ultimate career goal - to work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. I want to help children understand the treatment and surgeries they are going to have to endure.

That is what is so great about MTSU - it has a wide range of majors from which to choose. I was able to change majors easily when my career goal changed. Because there are so many areas of academic study, in most cases students are able to tailor their studies to their individual career path.

I followed my heart to Middle Tennessee. I didn't just follow my friends to the schools they chose - I really wanted a good fit for me. And MTSU was it. I think everyone should do the same thing. Don't just follow someone else. Take the time to visit the schools you are interested in and see if they would be a good fit for you. I might be biased, but I think everyone should come take a campus tour at MTSU. See the events, opportunities, academic studies, housing, and other opportunities MTSU offers - they are seemingly endless! Students can take advantage of the Alternative Spring Break (ASB), weekend trips by the Middle Tennessee Outdoor Program in the Rec Center, road rallies to an athletic event out of town, building houses through Habitat for Humanity, and many, many more. Whatever you're interested in, chances are, you'll find it at Middle Tennessee.

MTSU has more than 300 student organizations to get involved in -- from Greek life and athletics to almost anything that interests you. I'm involved in my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. One of the best decisions I made was going Greek. It has afforded me many opportunities. I'm a member of the executive board of the Up 'Til Dawn team, a Rowdy Raider Cabinet member, and a senator for the Student Government Association. I am a member of the women's club soccer team and Order of Omega. I work in the intramural department for the Rec Center and I also work at the YMCA. I am a volunteer at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville. Being involved is important to me. It has really made my college career a great deal more interesting and fun. I have certainly met more people that share the same interests as I do through the groups and organizations I have joined.

MTSU is the largest school in Tennessee and I am proud to call myself a Blue Raider. My favorite thing about MTSU is being able to walk on campus and guarantee I will walk by someone I know. MTSU is a large campus, but a tight-knit family. Come be a part of the Blue Raider family. You'll be glad you did. I know I am!