I am proud to be the first member of my family to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After graduating from the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences with a double major in child and family studies (CFS) and Africana studies, I will be the first in my family to pursue a master’s degree. As I begin the CFS master’s program at UT and think back on my undergraduate experience, I am amazed at the incredible opportunities made available to me at UT—many because of generous alumni and donors who have chosen to invest in my classmates and me.
Some of my most rewarding times at UT have been spent in the Early Experiences Research Center, a lab designed to examine the experiences of infants and young children in multiple and diverse contexts. As the lab’s undergraduate research assistant, I worked closely with Dr. Hillary Fouts and Dr. Carin Neitzel to create a study on the interaction of mothers and their children, in partnership with two Kenyan organizations. I was honored to enter this study in UT’s Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement competition, an annual university-wide event that showcases research and creative activities by students in collaboration with faculty. My project received a division recognition award.
Currently, I have an assistantship in the CFS department and after completing the CFS master’s program, I plan to earn my Ph.D. I hope to one day be a college professor, so that I can mentor students and prepare them for a bright future.
Thank you for supporting the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and the University of Tennessee, allowing students like me to explore our passions and Big Ideas for the future. Your gift to the college will have a lifelong effect on current and future students.
Alex Tucker, ‘13
Graduate student, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences