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A Weekend on Rocky Top: College Student Personnel Style

Written by Madison Merrifield, CEHHS Student Marketing Ambassador and graduate student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies’ College Student Personnel program.

On February 15-17, 29 future students from across the country visited Rocky Top to learn more about the College Student Personnel (CSP) program. But this wasn’t any ordinary visit for these students–this visit was planned majorly by current CSP students! One of these awesome planners was Tom Scearce, a first-year student in the program. “I was involved in this process since September, so I got to see the event from start to finish,” he shared. From contacting campus partners to organizing meals with local businesses to crafting a smoothly-running schedule, the work Tom did for this event was a great skills-building experience for him.

“I absolutely enjoyed coming to CSP Interview Weekend last year, so having the opportunity to plan it this year and help the incoming students go through this process was so rewarding.”



But Tom wasn’t alone in the planning; almost every current student was involved in the event! Most future students were able to stay with current students for the duration of their visit. On Thursday evening, both current CSP cohorts ate with future students and a large group was even able to explore Market Square that night. All weekend, future students commented on how welcome they felt by the CSP program. Tom agreed, mentioning the group did “a very good job of showing what it is really like to be a CSP student at Tennessee.”

Overall, the CSP Interview Weekend was a big success for both future and current students. Current students were able to tangibly and intentionally invest in the direction of the program and future students were able to see all that Big Orange Country has to offer. It was a reminder that this university is truly a family and, for Tom, of “how fortunate I am to be a part of the Volunteer community. I love UT CSP!”