NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Over 1,000 high school students from across the nation descended upon Tennessee State University on April 13 for Spring Preview Day 2019.
The day started with check in and a student organization fair in the Gentry Center Complex where student leaders, campus administrators, faculty and staff welcomed the students and their parents to campus.
“We are elated that you have chosen to spend today with us here at Tennessee State. We already know that you are on one of the most phenomenal campuses in the United States of America,” said Terrence Izzard, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success “The HBCU experience is an experience like none other, and I want to say to each parent and grandparent and aunt, thank you for bringing your student here.”
The high school students and their parents departed the Gentry Center in groups led by TSU students eager to serve as their guides for the day. Activities for the visitors, according to organizers, included meetings with academic departments, TSU student organizations, campus tours, and other forms of educational entertainment.
Like many other students visiting for Spring Preview, Brandon Jones, a student at Georgia Military College, has already committed to Tennessee State University. A football player, Jones had the opportunity to meet former NFL cornerback and TSU football player Randy Fuller during his campus tour.
“I already signed, and I report June 1,” Jones said. “I really like the family atmosphere at TSU. It feels like home. So really, it’s the best fit for me.”
Mikaylah Abercrombie, a junior at New Manchester High School in Atlanta, said although she has not committed to TSU, she is impressed by the university.
“My cousin, Christion attended TSU, and I liked it when I saw him playing football. And I just want to check it out,” she said.
Abercrombie’s mother, Freda Abercrombie, who joined her for Spring Preview Day, said the university’s response after her nephew, Chistion Ambercrombie, suffered a life-threatning injury during a game against Vanderbilt University on Sept. 29, really touched her heart.
“Actually I just got a good vibe from his experience here, and after the accident, all of the love and support that the school gave was awesome. We just fell in love with TSU, and I wanted to make sure my daughter at least checked out the school for herself.”
Mikaylah, who hopes to study early childhood education or musical theatre, said she would like to work as a pre-school teacher once she completes her academic studies.
Javon Jones, TSU associate director of Undergraduate Recruitment, said Spring Preview Day should definintely play a role in boosting enrollment for the fall. She said students who missed Spring Preview, can attend a similar day in the fall.
“We would love to see anyone who couldn’t come out today for Spring Preview Day,” she said. “We are about energy, about educating our students, and most of all we want them to have fun and be prepared for their future. We will make sure they have all of their admissions documents together, and that they have everything ready to go and if they ever need anything, the office of admissions and records is available to help.”
For more information on admission to Tennessee State University, visit http://www.tnstate.edu/admissions/.
Editor’s Note: Featured photo by Erynne Davis
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