Caitlin Cherry was drawn to East Tennessee State University because of its Honors College and the "unbelievable opportunities" she couldn’t find anywhere else. And she hasn’t been disappointed.
The University Honors Scholar is a junior nursing student from Kingsport and a graduate of Sullivan South High School.
"The Honors College is a family," Cherry said. "The people who work there will really advocate for you."
She looks forward to writing her honors thesis, which is the capstone project for ETSU’s Honors Scholars.
"I will find a topic I’m passionate about and want to research," Cherry says, adding that she is currently looking for an adviser. "I love research, so I know I’ll enjoy that project!"
In addition to her core and nursing coursework, Cherry has particularly enjoyed her courses in marksmanship and art philosophy, and looks forward to taking women’s studies courses in the future.
Outside the classroom, she works on campus as an assistant resident director at Lucille Clement Hall. She is also active as secretary/treasurer of the National Residence Hall Honorary and a member of President’s Pride, the honorary service organization that assists ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland at official functions at Shelbridge, the university’s presidential residence, as well as commencement ceremonies and many other campus happenings.
"I really enjoy the diversity of things I can be part of," Cherry said. "I can have this great job in Housing while doing undergraduate research, going to group fitness classes, and just having a fun college life. I also love meeting people from around the world.
"I love it here," she continued. "The longer I’m here, the more I love it. I really like the direction the university’s going with the (Committee for) 125 effort."
Once she graduates, Cherry will most likely pursue a master’s degree, and perhaps a doctorate. "I want to travel, find different jobs, and see the world through my work," she says.