Tanner Winesett

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"It is a very intentionally personal environment"

Tanner Winesett, 2017
Major: Biochemistry
Bluefield, VA

Why UVa-Wise?
UVa-Wise offered me one of the best quality educations in the state of Virginia, as well as one of the most affordable educations. In addition, the students, professors, and staff at UVa-Wise genuinely care about each other on a personal level and always strive to improve each other in a constructive way. When walking across the campus, it is almost impossible to make it from one location to another without waving at someone that you know. It is a very intentionally personal environment that can feel like home for nearly anyone.

Favorite Events
My favorite event of the entire year is likely the first few days that freshmen arrive on campus. They all want to be friends with each other because most of them have no friends currently at the college. No one is judgmental because they don’t know anything about each other. It’s the beauty of wanting to be a friend to each other that helps them to build connections and become friends with people that they likely would not have even talked to in high school. It’s a time of learning and exploration that every new college student has to go through.

Favorite Class or Professor
My favorite class that I am currently taking is Laboratory Methods in Biology. It is by far the hardest class that I have ever taken in my entire life; but I have learned more useful information in the class than any other class that I have taken or am currently taking. The professor constantly strives to push her students to their absolute best and will not settle for anything less than near perfection. She truly prepares her students to continue on to professional and graduate programs.

Activities/Events

  • Vice President of Programming for the Residence Hall Association
  • Student Ambassador
  • Member of The Peake Honors Program
  • Member at Large of The Gathering Ministry
  • Leader of a Men’s Bible Study for The Gathering
  • Brother of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • Resident Advisor in McCraray Hall
  • Representative for the Interfraternity Council
  • Future member of the National Society of Leadership and Success

"When walking across the campus, it is almost impossible to make it from one location to another without waving at someone that you know."

Tanner Winesett
Class of 2017

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