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Brittney StubbsBrittney Stubbs has a passion for service - local, national and international. Opportunities made possible through ETSU student organizations to work with new cultures and communities have heightened her awareness of social justice issues and inspired her to become a physician. A native of Crossville, Tennessee, Brittney is a University Honors Scholar and an Honors-in-Discipline Scholar. She recently returned from an Alternative Spring Break Experience in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, focusing on urban poverty. Read more>>

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Chaabeer chaudharyudhary knew of ETSU from living in Johnson City and having two older siblings who had been University Honors Scholars. But it was the personal touch of a former Honors College administrator that convinced her to follow in her siblings’ footsteps. Born in New Jersey, where her parents settled after moving from Pakistan for her mother’s medical residency, Chaudhary is majoring in microbiology. Read more>>

 Being from Alexandria ExleyMemphis, Alexandria Exley had lived her whole life where the land was flat. When she visited ETSU for the first time and saw the surrounding mountains, the avid hiker thought, “I could definitely live here and enjoy spending four years studying here.” But what she found she loves the most is the sense of community on ETSU’s campus and throughout the Johnson City area. Read more>>


David FloydEver since his freshman year, David Floyd has been reporting the stories of East Tennessee State University. It was during the spring semester of his first year that he took a position with the East Tennessean student newspaper.  Since then, he has held many roles – reporter, arts and entertainment editor, copy chief and news editor – before assuming the role of executive editor this past fall. Read more>>

Pooja ShahPooja Shah loves to have a positive impact on others, and ETSU’s Student Government Association is one avenue by which she may do just that. Although the Knoxville native was never involved in student government in middle or high school, she knew she wanted to take part in it on the collegiate level.  “It just seemed like a great way to change and impact ETSU and the campus,” Shah said. Read more>>

Rana ElgazzarRana Elgazzar has had a close look at other parts of the world. She was born in Egypt, but spent her early years living in Japan. “Japanese was my first language,” she says, “but we left when I was about 7 years old, so I lost my ability to speak and write in Japanese. Now, when I look at things I wrote back then, I have no idea what they say.” When she graduated from high school, many of her fellow students headed away from Johnson City, but Elgazzar wasn’t ready to leave. Read more>>

Ryan LynchRyan Lynch had no idea where he wanted to go to college until late in his senior year of high school in Morristown. By March of that year, he realized he needed to make a decision, and though he considered and visited a number of schools, one thing stood out about East Tennessee State University. Read more>>


Caroline DruryA quiet, stress-free life doesn’t appeal to Caroline Drury. The East Tennessee State University sophomore was drawn to the adrenaline rush of emergencies from a young age. The Nashville native says, “At the age of six, I visited Vanderbilt’s LifeFlight, the organization that handles emergency transport to hospitals, and I decided I wanted to be a flight medic. Then I worked as a lifeguard and was able to respond to some medical emergencies on the job. Read more>>

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