MHS Student Spotlight
Joanna Pickard spent the summer as an associate with First Baptist Church Bristol. Through the program,
she had the opportunity to work with Metanoia in North Charleston. This is an organization
that renovates houses and buildings in the community in order to give families a safe
home with affordable rent as well as provide children with tutoring opportunities
and job training.
Participating in a three-week medical missions program, called Summer Medical Institute-Philadelphia, allowed Sarah Anderson the opportunity to re-examine her motives of becoming a nurse and identifying the kind of health care professional she wanted to become. The program helps future healthcare professionals (nursing, medical, dental students) address health needs of a low-income, urban community in Hispanic North Philadelphia while integrating their faith with medical practice. "Performing door-to-door health screenings in the community, I was able to examine my role as a Christian in the healthcare setting and experience working in medically underserved areas, provide door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as provide information about HIV, asthma, and nutrition while sharing the love of Christ through conversation and prayer. Many participants, including myself, refer to this program as, 'The hardest summer you'll ever love'. This program was an invaluable experience for Sarah, stating it was difficult to witness so much suffering through addiction and poverty. "I was so glad I was able to work under Christian physicians and other HCP's to see how they responded to these situations."
Amanda Trent interned at Woodridge Hospital and gained experience in expressive therapy along
with several other areas. "The internship was a great opportunity and will further
help me in my future career. I was also able to work with group therapy and attend
administrative meetings. I really enjoyed the meetings because it gave me insight
to how the hospital operates. Communication was key in both expressive therapy and
administrative work. I had to open myself up to the patients and be a good listener.
I learned so much by taking the time to ask how a patient was doing that day."
Avery Peters spent a week in Philadelphia in a neighborhood called Kensington. The group he traveled with, Cornerstone Community Church, led a kids camp for the local children in Kensington. While there he was able to interact with over 75 children every day implementing activities such as music, lessons, snacks, and games! "Cornerstone is extremely involved with the community so we were able to help with some food and water distribution along with sharing information on gatherings where food would be distributed." Working with the kids gave Avery and his group received a sense of fulfillment, knowing that they were creating a better tomorrow for Philadelphia.
Inducted into the prestigious ranks as a McNair Scholar, Seth Manning participated in a rigorous preparatory 8-week internship this summer. The McNair program, which focuses on preparing minority and 1st generation college students for progress towards a graduate degree, includes specific focus on GRE preparation as well as preparing a research proposal. Seth was able to focus on his proposal, "Association between Legal Cannabis and Prevalence of Opioid Related Deaths," as he completed 50 hours per week in class plus 10-20 hours of work outside the classroom setting including volunteer work with a local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Concluding the program was a week-long trip to the nation’s capital where he visited the White House, Capitol Building, National Zoo, and other historic landmarks in the capstone experience.
"My long time dream of studying abroad became reality this past summer as I traveled with
classmates from the Interior Architecture program to Rome, Italy." Jessica Heacock spent months preparing and envisioning living abroad for two months. "To say Rome
was incredible is an understatement. It was both architecturally beautiful and culturally
enriching. The stark contrast between modern societies living among ancient architecture
was enthralling: structures built to last generations support reusability, recycling,
and sustainability, all while upholding people groups with modern ideas and ambitions.
Weekend getaways to other Italian cities only furthered the uniqueness of the architecture
and culture in Rome. By week three of eight total weeks, Jessica and her classmates
adjusted to the quick-paced metropolis lifestyle: maneuvering public transportation,
revisiting our favorite coffee shops, waving at local Italians, and completing homework
like we were in the comfort of our American homes. "I quickly became closer to my
classmates, who are now some of my closest friends. I also valued and treasured time
alone, wandering the streets and sitting in our apartment’s courtyard." The school
workload was challenging, but brought forth experiences that are unforgettable: well-known
site visits, day trips, sustainability exercises, artisanal making classes, and designing
for Roman spaces. "I will forever remember walking down the narrow cobblestone streets
with a gelato in hand and accordion music filling the air, basking in the reality
that I experienced in Rome."
, a senior Midway Honors Scholar, transferred to ETSU from Walters State Community
College with an associat
e degree in business administration and certificate in general education. The management
major with a concentration in general management commutes to ETSU from his home in
Morristown, where he works full time at Carousel Pets as a shift leader. Long enjoys
being active in a variety of leadership roles on campus, and talks about improving
the ETSU experience for transfer, adult and commuting students. Read more>>
Gabe Hobbs believes in pursuing the things he enjoys. He says it can be scary, but he's found
a home here at ETSU. He says there were definitely some big changes coming here from
a community college, but he has found new groups of friends within the RTVF program
and Honors College community. He is also president of the Buccaneer Film Society.
Altheria Davis, a junior studying nursing at East Tennessee State University, arrived here by a
very round-about route. Born in Columbus, Ga., she attended school in the small rural
town of Smiths Station, Ala. After graduating from high school, she enlisted in the
United States Army and served on active duty at Fort Bragg, N.C. Read more>>