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Greenfield native graduates in first master's degree cohort


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


MARTIN, Tenn. – Natalie Medling, of Greenfield, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin on Dec. 16 as one of the first students to receive the university’s new Master of Arts degree in strategic communication.

Medling, an admissions counselor for UT Martin, is a familiar face to high school students in Weakley County and the surrounding area.

“I work with high school seniors and their families to help them with the UT Martin admissions process. I am basically a walking dictionary for the university,” she said. “I help students understand what college is like, help them pick a major, tell them how to get scholarships and, most importantly, help them decide if UT Martin is the right fit for them.”

Medling first graduated from UT Martin in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She decided to return to school after the launch of the new communications degree, which is designed for working professionals, and plans to apply the additional training to her position with the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She even dedicated her capstone research project to better understanding the needs of the students with whom she works.

“My capstone project is titled ‘Stressed Out Freshmen: Developing Recruitment Messaging to Manage Anxiety Experienced by Incoming Freshmen.’ The goals were to understand the concerns that cause students the most anxiety, discover where students turn to get information to help them adjust, and learn how to tailor communication messaging to fit the needs of the students,” she said. “Transitioning from high school to college is hard for many students. I wanted to help equip them with the information they need to assimilate into college culture more easily.”

She also hopes to help future college students learn from her experiences as a student herself to find the best collegiate experience for them.

“UT Martin has continued to be a great choice for me. The things that I valued as an undergrad were the same things that I valued as a graduate student. I wanted a quality education where I was treated as an individual and not just a name on a sheet of paper,” said Medling. “I want (the students I work with) to learn that education is about changing the world to help others in different ways.”

For more information on the UT Martin master’s degree program in strategic communication, contact Dr. Tracey Rutledge, graduate programs coordinator with the UT Martin Office of Communications, at 731-881-7554 or email


PHOTO ID: Natalie Medling, of Greenfield

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