Trio Makes Impact on MTSU

In their own ways, this trio is impacting MTSU and the hundreds of people they interact with through research and the university’s outdoor recreation program, Middle Tennessee Outdoor Pursuits (MTOP). 

Emma Kelley 

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major  

An MTOP employee, Emma serves hundreds of students as a white-water kayak and backpacking guide and teambuilding manager. “One of my favorite things is seeing students come together and solve a problem, complete a task, and celebrate when they’re successful. Not only do I get to help shape future leaders, but I also get the opportunity to show students how fun it can be to get involved with MTOP. With every event, I get to tell students about what we do, what we offer, and encourage them to get into the outdoors,” she said.  

Maimoonah Dabshee 

Master of Public Health Major  

Maimoonah works as a Graduate Research Assistant in MTSU’s Department of Health and Human Performance and a Project Assistant for the MTSU Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. RCORP focuses on opioid usage to prevent overdoses. She’s also volunteered to help collect data and assess substance use stigma as part of a grant. Maimoonah and her family moved to the United States in 2010 from Jordan. “I decided to attend MTSU because it is a large campus with a lot of diversity. MTSU offers high-quality programs with many student resources with low tuition costs.” 

Sarah Lowe  

Biology major  

Sarah works as a trip leader for MTOP and served more than 700 students last year. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to facilitate these experiences and get people outside!” Sarah’s career goal is to become a physical therapist. “I hope to serve people by helping them stay healthy through rehabilitation so they may pursue their life and dreams. I would love to serve the outdoor community and those who require rehabilitation after strenuous outdoor activities and injuries, applying my passion for the outdoors and desire to help others live a healthy, happy life.”  

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