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Five Questions: Tusculum student Michaelae Carden talks about passion for criminal justice

Brandon Paykamian • Jan 24, 2019 at 8:16 PM

As Michaelae Carden gets set to graduate from Greeneville’s Tusculum University in May with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology, the Elizabethton native and Hampton High School graduate reflected on what brought her to Tusculum and the biggest challenges that come with being a student today. 

On Thursday, she emailed the Johnson City Press to tell us more about her experience at Tusculum, as well as a few interesting facts about herself. 

Carden Briefly: 

Hobbies: Reading, writing, singing and dancing. 

Dogs or cats: “I am much more of a dog person. I’m allergic to cats.” 

Favorite food: Pancakes and strawberries

Pet peeves: Slow drivers and “being told how to do my job by someone that doesn’t do theirs correctly or is new.” 

What brought you to Tusculum?

This may sound really cliché, but Tusculum chose me. It has been the perfect home away from home. I am very thankful this is where I ended up. Our campus is unique because we are small but involved. The entire Tusculum community is like a huge family. Everyone here truly cares about each student.

What drew you to your field of study, and why is it important to you?

I have always loved the criminal justice system and law enforcement. My favorite shows are crime shows. I love helping people, and for me, this is an amazing way to do that. Not only do I get to help the victims of crime, but I also have the opportunity to help the criminals as well. Everyone deserves a chance to live a free, loving life.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing college students these days and why?

There are so many challenges we face every single day. Things like time management and study skills are the hardest to learn and adapt to. Also, many students face much more challenging issues like depression and anxiety. Those things are very common among college students.

Who inspires you most in life?

I have two people that inspire me more than anything. My aunt, Mandy Long, and my nana, Dale Adkins. Both have faced such hard times and always showed grace and God’s love above all else. My aunt lost her first son when he was born, and my nana is a breast cancer survivor. They are my role models. They teach me how to be strong in the worst of circumstances, and they remind me that no matter what, God’s got It! I strive to be a wonderful woman of God like them.

What's an interesting or weird fact about yourself that many do not know? 

I’m not a very interesting person, but I do a have a weird fact I’m not sure many people know. My right eye does not blink. I literally sleep with one eye open.

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