Tracey Tardiff

Tracey Tardiff
Job Title: 
Pre-Enrollment Programs Coordinator
Phone Number: 
828-262-8016 ext 102
Hometown: 
Sugar Grove, NC

Educational Background

  • Appalachian State University 1996
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Early Childhood Development Birth-Kindergarten - 1996
  • University of North Carolina-Wilmington
    • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology - 1990

What clubs, sports or experiences were you involved in in college?

Would you believe I had pink bangs my first year of college? Well, I did - it was actually quite the conversation starter and the way I met a lot of my friends! I loved music (and talking!) so becoming a DJ at the radio station on campus was one of the first non-academic things I got involved in. I also worked as a research assistant with several of my professors in the Psychology department. Both of these experiences gave me the opportunity to connect with the campus community in very meaningful ways.

Why should students in the Appalachian region consider going to college?

College is so much fun! College classes are really interesting and you have a lot of choices about which classes you want to take and what you want to major in. College experiences don't just happen in classrooms though – you will have opportunities to participate in internships, join interesting clubs and campus organizations, as well as learning the art of living with a roommate and making healthy choices for healthy living. Many careers require a college education, so with a college degree, you will have infinitely more choices about "what you want to be when you grow up".

What is one piece of advice you might be able to offer a middle or high school student?

Believe in yourself! If you dream of going to a college or university, make that dream a reality. Surround yourself with opportunities to be involved, productive and successful. Experiences you engage in will help you understand yourself and your strengths, so that, you will be able to build upon your strengths and become all that you dream of.

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