edited by Abigail Morgan

CLEVELAND, Ga., (TMNews) –Caleb Eppling, a Truett-McConnell College freshman from Gainesvillle, Ga., is a member of the TMC Bears Basketball Team and is majoring in Business with a focus on Sports Management.

 Life at TMC:

Q: What has been the best thing about attending TMC so far?
A: You have your small group of core friends but you still get to know most everyone else. TMC has a great family environment and everyone is just very open and accepting.

Q: What was the most fun part about Freshman Orientation?
A: Being in our small groups and just enjoying playing games together really helped everyone to open up. I enjoyed it because we got to know each other better and find out new things about each person.

Q: Is there anything in particular that drew you to Truett-McConnell College?
A: The fact that I already knew some of the people here was a big drawing factor. I liked it because I didn’t feel like I was going to have to start over. I kind of already knew the coaches and the campus so it wasn’t as intimidating.

Q: How is Truett-McConnell different than you imagined before you arrived on move in day?
A: I expected the sports teams to kind of seclude themselves to their own group but each team interacts with everyone else. It really helps everybody to get along.

Q: What is the best part about dorm life?
A: It’s a very spontaneous life. You go to school and do homework but then you can just go next door and hang out with a friend. It’s great when you just decide on the spot to go out to eat or even go play mini-golf. There’s a lot of freedom.

Q: What’s the worst part about dorm life?
A: Lack of sleep.

Your journey with Christ:

Q: Who is Jesus to you?
A: My personal Lord and Savior.

Q: Can you tell me a little about how you came to know Jesus Christ personally?
A: I accepted Christ at the age of six. It was a pretty cool experience because my dad was the one preaching and my mom went up with me! I said I was sorry and they said I was forgiven and it just made a lot of sense to me. It wasn’t until I was in fifth grade that I truly realized what the Lord had done for me. I was finally living fully for Jesus!

Q: Is there anything specific God is teaching you right now?
A: Patience! Between the basketball schedule, school, sleep and anything social, it’s just a big learning process of how to manage your time.

Fun facts:

Q: What do you miss most about home?
A: My mom’s chocolate chip pancakes and my little sister.

Q: Who is one of your hero’s and why?
A: My dad. He is my hero because ever since I can remember he has been a Godly example to me and a steady force of how a Godly man should act. Although he was by no means perfect and he made mistakes, he knew how to handle it the right way when he did mess up. He’s just always had my back for everything and I appreciate it so much.

Q: What do you hope to be doing after college?
A: I’d like to work my way up to being an athletic director. Eventually I’d love to be a manager for a professional sports team. Preferably football or basketball.

Q: If you could have lunch with any professional sports player, who would it be and what would you ask them?
A: Payton Manning. I’d ask him how he’s managed to stay focused for the 18+ years he’s played football. How does he keep that mental edge?


Food: My mom’s chocolate chip pancakes. The Caf has good pancakes but they aren’t the same as my mom’s!
Hobby: Basketball and football.
Bible Verse: Matthew 28:16-20
Movie: Batman: The Dark Knight
Best day of your life so far: Winning the state championship in football my 9th grade year.


Abigail is a freshman music major at Truett-McConnell.

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