Design Degrees, Terrapin Brewing Scholarship

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Students designing their own degree paths

Now more than ever, students are creating their own degree paths through MTSU’s University College.

Students with a wide range of experiences or those seeking a broad educational experience can benefit from this integrated studies major that is flexible by design. Students work closely with an academic advisor to plan their core courses and choose their areas of study.

Nigel Tubbs of Murfreesboro, junior gospel artist and MTSU aspirant, wants to start a vocal coaching business after earning his Bachelor of Integrated Studies, a major that allowed him to customize his curriculum to pursue his passion for music .

Nigel Tubbs, a junior from Murfreesboro, switched to integrated studies after a few “bumps in the road” with his original music education major.

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“I knew I wanted to do something in music, but the music theory classes really got to me,” the 26-year-old said. “While reviewing the options with my advisor, he decided it would be a good idea to explore the Integrated Studies major, and he was right.”

Students must choose 24 hours of courses to take in two priority areas.

University College advisor Mona Snell helped Tubbs choose his areas of interest – music education and sociology – and he was able to manually select courses.

MTSU’s integrated studies degree proved to be a perfect fit for Tubbs, he said, allowing him to blend his love of teaching music with his passion for learning more about the experience. human.

“After switching to integrated studies, I was excited and more passionate about my work,” he said. “I was a better student because I was more focused, more determined to do well.”

Brewing Fellowship

Emily Beavers, a rising junior in the MTSU Fermentation Science program, is the second recipient of the brewing scholarship awarded by Terrapin Brewing Co, based in Athens, Georgia.

MTSU junior Emily Beavers of Dunlap, Tennessee, will work at Sequatchie Brewing Co., part-owned by her father, Eric Beavers, starting in June.  She is the second recipient of a brewing scholarship offered by Terrapin Brewing Co. of Athens, Ga. Beavers received a $10,000 scholarship.

The $10,000 Brewing Scholarship Fund supports underrepresented undergraduate students seeking an MTSU fermentation science degree.

The scholarship offers the 20-year-old MTSU student the opportunity to intern at Terrapin in Athens during the summer between her junior and senior year of college.

“It will take so much of the weight off my family,” said Beavers, who plans to use the scholarship to pay for her tuition. “I feel so lucky. I had to pay a little out of my own pocket. That should get me through the rest of school.

Tony Johnston, director of the MTSU Fermentation Science program, said the brewing scholarship “is a powerful example of a company putting its money where its mouth is.”

“Supporting students in their pursuit of an education that prepares them for a career is action. Action creates change,” Johnston said.

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Beavers, a 2020 graduate of Sequatchie County High School and a first-generation student, entered MTSU as a biology major her freshman year.

“That wasn’t the path for me,” she said.

During the process, the beavers discovered that fermentation is not limited to making beer. “I didn’t know hot sauces were a product of fermentation,” she said.

Contact reporter Nancy DeGennaro at degennaro@dnj.com. Keep up with restaurant news by joining Good Eats in the ‘Boro (and beyond) on Facebook and follow Murfreesboro Eats on TikTok.

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