The University of Tennessee community is committed to lighting the way for others.
We believe leadership is a selfless act, and those who are willing to step forward will be ready for whatever lies ahead.
This is a place where mountains, rivers, and trails converge to connect us—and where connection defines our character. We listen and learn from one another. And we step forward. Together. We are Volunteers, after all. Support and community are what we do best, and our students find both every step of the way.
Highly ranked programs. Check. World-class professors. Check. We pride ourselves on our academic excellence. But learning here extends well beyond the classroom walls. Volunteers roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. Join a research project. Perform with theater professionals. Collaborate with faculty in a community clinic. Our students are encouraged to take risks and are supported in their endeavors.
Design students recently worked alongside research faculty to develop a health care simulation app. This unique collaboration trains nursing students to provide virtual patient care.
It’s not always easy to put yourself out there. But growth and opportunity are found when you light the way for others. The impact our students make while on campus echoes in the difference our alumni inspire around the world. For Volunteers, leadership is a way of life, and what happens here is a spark for making the most of everything that follows.
Maya Bian is the definition of a selfless leader. While a student at UT, she taught chemistry to children in Knoxville, worked to support immigrant rights in Texas, and conducted research in China.
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