Meet Our Students: Edward Nesbitt

30. November 2011 11:00

I’m so excited about graduation day. It’s going to be really special for the 6 of us. I’m ready to move on and go into the grown up world and be someone. I’ll always remember all the moments I had on this campus forever. They have been so good. It’s been a great experience. I’ve been here every day. It’s a great place. Finally, I am excited to be on my own and be capable of applying for jobs. I might look for a technology and business field job. One day I hope to have my own place that’s not too expensive that I’ll pay for my own mortgage and payments. And one day have a wife and kids and teach them the experiences I had at school. After I graduate I still want to be in Best Buddies and have fun on my own.




Meet Our Students: Elizabeth Story

30. November 2011 10:55

This semester I’ve been taking Children’s Literature taught by Professor Dalton. We have been doing book logs and book clubs. And I have really enjoyed it. We read The Tale of Desperaux (which I read nonstop) and Clementine. We also read Three Cups of Tea and I just got done reading Ramona and Beezus. My favorite thing about class is learning about different stuff with books and getting to read. I work with kids that are from 12 months to 5 years of age, so I enjoy reading children’s books to understand them better. I graduate in December and hope to work with kids afterwards. 



Meet Our Students: Jeanne Gavigan

8. November 2011 13:43

This year I’m working at TPAC.  I did my work this morning. I work from 9:00 until 11:00. Today I did recycling and trash. I also did paper in the hallway. This is fun because it’s my dream job.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center does shows. My daddy and I go a lot and see shows. We saw Wicked last year. I also saw Wizard of Oz. In two weeks I’m going to see Memphis.

Past internships I’ve had are VU Theater, the Vanderbilt Bookstore, and the Peabody Library. My favorite was the VU Theater because I worked at the box office. It was fun. I sold tickets.

After I graduate I want to do acting.



Meet Our Students: Steven Greiner

8. November 2011 13:09

My name is Steven Michael Greiner. I’m a third semester student here, (started in fall 2010). I’ve met a lot of new friends and of course old friends too who were in the program before me. This is everything I thought it was going to be and more. My hobbies are fishing, boating, old cars, driving, and just being witty and funny.

This year I’m in Film 125: Introduction to Film with Professor Faye. I’m learning how to look beyond the movies narrative structure. We view movies every Monday night. This is an interesting course. Met some cool friends in that class. I have a note taker named Les and I met some other awesome people.

On Tuesdays I have an Independent Living Skills course. After that I hang out for a few, have something to eat, then I go have an awesome internship at the Dayani Center. I helped with their new stem cell patients. I help work out with them and I keep them motivated. After that I have tutoring with Carly. She’s awesome. And I found out recently that we both love fishing.

I get along great with my Ambassadores. Cecile and I also love fishing. Newton and I both like talking about Best Buddies and baseball. And then recently, I got another Ambassadore named Liz. She and I have a lot in common too. She’s from California, like me and her family has a boat, just like me! We hang out a lot. And then I have an awesome dinner mate named Becca. We share a common interest in movies. We are movie nuts!

I’m on 2 committees at this fine institution. It really is a great institution - a top university. The first organization is Best Buddies. I am a member of the Best Buddies Board. I help plan activities and help keep track of the one-on-one friendships. And then I’m on the Next Steps Social Committee. I help plan activities. We are having the first Next Steps tailgate on October 29th. It’s going to be in the morning before the game. Hope you love waking up early! We’re going to have some breakfast foods, which will be good. And it’s going to be a fun time. 



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