“I’m a huge advocate for women empowerment, and I want to be a role model for young
women, especially young black women, because I love inspiring others, and I’m very
passionate about community service, diversity and sisterhood."
Nick Foreman – Graduate, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
“Austin Peay is objectively impressive. I didn’t think it would be this impressive
when I first came here. I knew it was going to be a good school, but I didn’t know
I was going to have these opportunities.”
Jane Seage – Classics, Physics
“Austin Peay has provided a lot of opportunities for me that I might not have gotten
at a bigger school. You get a lot of individual-level learning with your professors.
It feels more approachable. I’ve definitely learned more about myself.”
For some, Austin Peay was the next step after high school, while others first chose
to serve their country. Some grew up in the shadow of its campus, while others saw
Austin Peay as an opportunity to challenge themselves away from their hometown, state
or even country. Many saw one of Austin Peay’s nationally recognized programs as the
path to their dream career, while others arrived as freshmen still looking to discover
But regardless of what brought them here, every student’s story is one of someone
impacted by Austin Peay’s mission to find the leader in everyone.
We invite you to meet some of Austin Peay’s past and current students, and discover
for yourself what makes each #GovLife unique.
As a community of creators, critical thinkers and performers, our students challenge
the status quo. They bring a unique perspective to their medium and create new experiences
Erica Harris | Theatre and Dance, Student Veteran
“When I went to the Military Student Center, that helped me stay focused and encouraged
me to want to do better, because when I was struggling in some of my classes, like
biology and math, they had people there who were majoring in that type of thing, and
they were more than happy to help, or find help for me.”
“The second I stepped on the grounds here, I knew this is where I wanted to be. My
mom looked at me after the orientation, and she said, ‘This is where you’re going
to go, I already see it in your face.”
Austin Peay students lead innovation across all industries through collaboration,
work ethic and a willingness to take risks. During their college careers, our students
mold the future of some of the fastest-growing fields.
Robyn Yates | Computer Science
“Austin Peay gave me a new beginning, an opportunity. I had no direction, no clue
what I wanted to do. Now I’m so excited and ready to rule the world with code. I’m
There's no one place an Austin Peay student might land after their graduation. Some go
on to become elected officials or take their skills abroad to fight human trafficking.
Others become established businessmen and women, while some find their place reporting
on the largest news items of the century. The one unifier for all these students is
their ability to make a lasting change to the world.
Alexis Larkin | Marketing
“Because I made the decision to come to Austin Peay, I’ve been exposed to so many
people and different ways of life that I wouldn’t have if I had chosen to stay in
Ohio for school.”
Sometimes, making a difference happens from counseling the mentally ill or giving
comforting care to a patient in need. Other times it's about teaching new students
how to be successful, using your own story as an example. All of these students work
daily in their own communities to make a difference in impactful ways.
Christopher Trice | Social Work
“I have a vision of one day branching out and having my own ministry, and Austin Peay
is showing me ways to be a role model who helps people and puts them on the right
path in life.”
"The whole sociology staff is amazing. I wouldn’t be here without them. They have
really helped me home in on what I really care about, and they are able to give you
the extra bit that you need. They’re always open and willing to speak to anyone. That’s
Austin Derden | Graduate, Mental Health Counseling
“I get to do a great service to not only military-affiliated students and veterans,
but anybody can come use the (Military Student Center) and use our textbook program.
I greatly enjoy expanding on that program. We really provide a heck of service.”
Leaving home is hard. Taking the leap of faith that there will be opportunity for
you in an unfamiliar place comes with a great deal of uncertainty. At Austin Peay,
any student can find opportunity. Any student can find success.
Derrick Tims | Psychology
“To me, being a “Gov” means that you constantly challenge yourself to be better than
you were the day before.”
“When I went to community college, I didn’t lead. I literally went to school and left.
Being here, I feel like I’ve had a lot of encouragement from my professors to do that
extra thing. For me that’s being the leader I knew I could always be but needed that
extra push to achieve. I’ve appreciated that a lot.”