edited by Jordan West

CLEVELAND, Ga., (TMNews) – Laura Rose Pickens, a TMC senior from Homer, Ga., spent some time sharing with TMNews the highlights of her past four years as a student, athlete, and Business Administration major. She was originally interested in Truett-McConnell College because of the opportunity to play golf, but she found a second home upon her arrival.

Q: What is your favorite part about “dorm life”?
A: I love living in a “community” with my friends

Q: Can you tell us about the most fun hall program/TMC event you’ve been a part of?
A: The most fun event I have been a part of was campus-wide “Capture the Flag” last year.

Q: Once you graduate, what will you miss most about Truett?
A: I will miss all of the people I have met and grown closer to including faculty, staff, coaches, teammates, and other students. I will also miss chapel (it is one of my favorite things about this school).

Q: Is there someone on campus, in particular, who has made a lasting impact on you? Who and why have they made an impact?
A: My coaches, Coach Patton, Coach Sanders, and Coach Price, have made such a huge impact on my life. They not only help me make my game better, but also are always are there to help me grow spiritually and to help me prepare for the future.

Q: What were some things you have been involved in on campus?
A: I am on the women’s golf team, the manager for the women’s basketball team, and a member of “Bears in the Community,” which is a community service group for student-athletes. I have also played intramural flag football and basketball.

Q: Have you ever been on any mission trips or done any volunteer work with TMC? Can you share where you went, and a little about your experience?
A: Two summers ago, I went with the women’s basketball team to Costa Rica. We visited many different villages, held basketball clinics at several schools, went to a single women’s ministry and took them food, visited a local orphanage, and also got to play basketball. These places were full of ministry opportunities for us to share the gospel. As far as community service goes, as a golf team we have given golf lessons to the special education students at White County High School as well as participated in Backpack Buddies, where we packed bags of food for children to take home on the weekends.

Q: What are some activities any TMC student must do in their time here?
A: Everyone should climb Mount Yonah, take a trip to Helen, eat at Glenda’s, and visit Babyland General Hospital!

Q: What is your favorite “Caf” meal?
A: Tacos and nachos are my favorite meal, but the garlic knots are my absolute favorite.

Q: How do you plan to use your degree in business administration with a concentration in sports medicine after graduation?
A: After graduation, I plan on using both of my concentration areas together and hope to do something in the sports marketing field. I have been involved in sports my whole life and plan to continue to have sports a part of my life.

Q: What advice would you give to a freshman, or someone who is considering TMC?
A: Make friends with upperclassmen so you know which classes to take, make sure you like who you are living with and get along with them.


Jordan is a junior English Major and a freelance writer for the college.

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