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New ETSU student talks about major, student challenges on move-in day

Brandon Paykamian • Aug 22, 2019 at 9:00 PM

Thousands of new East Tennessee State University students prepared to part ways from their parents as they moved into their dorms on move-in day Thursday morning.

Among those new students was Nicole Worden, an 18-year-old Waverly, Tennessee, native planning to study geoscience.

For incoming freshmen like Worden, Thursday was the beginning of a new chapter in life. As she gathered her belongings outside Governors Hall, the Waverly Central High School graduate reflected on her future career path and getting settled in a new city and campus.

She spoke with the Press to tell us more about herself, her interests and her thoughts about starting college.

Fast Facts:

Hobbies: “I can play clarinet, ukulele and I really like photography.”

Dogs or cats: Both

Favorite food: Curry

Favorite musician: Matt Mason

Ultimate travel destination: Italy

What are you planning to major in and why?

Geoscience. My dad (Daniel Worden) really thought it was interesting, and I kind of inherited that from him.

What made you decide on ETSU?

My sister (Kara Smallman) lives in North Carolina, and she was like, “You should go to college close to me,” so I looked into colleges near the area, and this was one of them. I just fell in love with it as soon as I visited campus.

How are you feeling about moving in and getting the year started?

Anxious because I only know one person going here. Other than that, I’m pretty excited about the change and everything to be new.

What do you think are the biggest challenges new college students face?

I think really just struggling to find out what you want to do because whatever you major in, that’s going to be what you do for the rest of your life. That can be a really scary thought to think about.

What are your plans after graduation?

Hopefully working, finding a job, having a family. Probably working with oil — or I really want to get into working with renewable energy of some sort. That would be really cool.

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