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NSCC Voices: Home

Chronicling the successes, fears, and hopes of first generation NSCC students and alumni.

NSCC Voices chronicles the stories of students at Nashville State who are the first in their families to attend college. These stories are meant to provide encouragement to other students.

Are you the first in your family to attend college?

Do you have a story to tell?



Alesia tells the story of her nine year journey to get her degree one class at time.

Music: 60's Boy by Trevor Nikrant

Quiana shares her emotional journey of from high school drop out to college student -- "from dropping out to dropping in." Her poem "Where I'm From" was featured at the Southern Word Writer Slam at NSCC.

Jeremy shares his story of overcoming grief to become a successful Nashville State student. He plans to finish his degree in psychology and pursue a career in grief counseling. 

Music Credit (with permission from the artists):

"Untitled" - Trevor Nikrant

"Parts of Speech" - Lou Turner & the Stryofoam Winos

Carla tells the story of using NSCC's resources to overcome the hurdle of passing math to earn her certificate in Central Processing Technology. She's continuing her associate's degree this fall.

Music Credit (with permission of the artist):

"Boogie Afternoon" by Trevor Nikrant

Joey Hatch is a Nashville State Community College and Auburn University graduate. He's currently Co-Chief Operating Officer at Skanska USA, Inc.

Music Credit from Free Music Archive

Pony -- Gillicuddy

Fudge -- Gillicuddy

60s Quiz Show -- Podington Bear

Charlie's a pre-nursing student at Nashville State's Main Campus. He shares his story of overcoming drug addiction to become a straight-A student.

Music Credit:

Afterglow  by Podington Bear 

The Stars Look Different (Ziggy Stardust Mix) by spinningmerkaba

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Sebastian has degrees from Nashville State and Middle Tennessee State in engineering. Currently, he is working on his MBA at MTSU. Sebastian immigrated to the US from Romania and started in the ESL program at NSCC.

Music Credit (with permission of artist):

"Slow, slow, slow, slow" by Joe Kenkel

Moussa Diouf is a Nashville State and TSU grad. He currently works at Vanderbilt as a nurse.

Music Credit: Gymnopedies 3 Kevin MacLeod (

Crossing the Divide Kevin MacLeod


Former SGA president Mike Johnson tells the story of how divorce led him to embark on a journey of self discovery by attending college at Nashville State.

Music Credit (with permission of artist):

"Song for Biscuit" - Trevor Nikrant

Jenna discusses overcoming doubts from family to become a 4.0 student on the NSCC Clarksville campus.

Music Credit: Theme in G by Tate Peterson from the Free Music Archive

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Tammy is an administrative secretary at Nashville State and is currently working on a second degree in social work.

Music Credit from Free Music Archive

Artist: Podington Bear

Track: Formless

Album: Duets

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Cassandra tells her story of returning to college in late in life and offers advice to other non-traditional students.


Artist: Audiobinger

Song: Mountain Top

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Vic tells his story of coming to college with only a seventh grade education. As a veteran, he plans to work with soldiers with PTSD.

Music Credit (with permission of artist):

"Once Twisted" -- Trevor Nikrant

Byron Easley is currently studying political science at Tennessee State University.

Music Credit from Free Music Archive

Artist: Gillicuddy

Song: "That Old Harpoon"

Album: Up/Down

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Shaun Scantland is an NSCC graduate with an A.A.S. in Police Science. He's currently the head of security at the Cookeville campus. 

Music Credit:

From the Free Music Archive

Cylinder Three by Chris Zabriskie

Emo Step Show by The Custodian of Records

Provided by Shaun with permission from the band

Let Me By by The Toluenes

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Jennifer Brown is a social work major on the Cookeville Campus. She shares her story becoming a first-gen college student against the odds.

Music from Free Music Archive

Artist: Podington Bear

Tracks: "Dense," "Constellation," "Enrichment"

Jami's an English and education major at Nashville State and Freed Hardeman in Dickson, TN. She shares her story of going from high school dropout to successful college student.

Music credit: Waiting David Szesztay (Free Music Archive)

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Pam Gadd is a Grammy nominated musician and NSCC alum.

Music Credit:

"Ferris Wheel" - Pam Gadd

"Big Buck" - Pam Gadd

"Something to Brag About" - Porter Wagoner and Pam Gadd

Traci is a current student majoring in Computer Networking Technology on the NSCC Cookeville campus. 

Music Credit:

Brightening - Podington Bear

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Rudy was diagnosed with autism at age three and didn't learn to speak until age eight. In this edition of NSCCVoices, Rudy tells the story of his journey to college success.


Beaconsfield Villa Stomp

by Doctor Turtle


Lacorrie Boone is a social work student on the NSCC Main Campus. Listen to her story of redemption after a false start at TSU.

Music Credit:

G of the Bang -- G of the Bang

From the Free Music Archive