Travis Henry is no stranger to the University of Tennessee at Martin. Both of his parents, Archie and Marcella Henry, and his sister, Megan Henry, are graduates of the university. While attending high school at Jackson Christian School in Jackson, Tenn., Travis participated in the UT Martin Dual Enrollment Program. Through UT Martin Dual Enrollment, Travis took History 201 and 202, which contributed to his college education before beginning his freshman year at UT Martin.
The summer before his senior year of high school, Travis attended the UT Martin Young Scholars Academy. The weeklong event hosted by the Office of Minority Affairs "is a non-credit program that seeks to create a unique experience for a select group of Tennessee’s best students—the potential leaders of the 21st century." Participating students attend classes during the day and are given homework assignments related to the class material. The courses are tailored to offer lessons that give students a glimpse of life at college and, more specifically, UT Martin. "It showed us what college would be like," Travis said.
The Young Scholars Academy also introduced Travis to the athletic options available around UT Martin. "After every day, there was a time when we would have a physical activity like swimming or basketball," Travis said. Travis loves playing a variety of sports ranging from roller hockey to football. He spends time at the Student Recreation Center playing racquetball and billiards in addition to using the workout equipment. Travis also plays for an intramural flag football team.
"Back in high school, I was around sports all the time. I grew up around sports, and it's my main interest, and I want to stay around it." His passion for athletics helped Travis decide to pursue the pre-physical therapy curriculum. While in high school, he tore his hamstring, which made it hard for him to participate in some school athletics. In his recovery, he saw the positive effects and benefits of physical therapy.
Now a sophomore at UT Martin, Travis has settled into the role of a college student. He says that "meeting new people" is one of his favorite aspects of his UT Martin experience. Travis has many connections at UT Martin from his family to his friends. He is even featured as a familiar face of UT Martin by way of the banners that line University Street. As stated on his banner and as he would agree, UT Martin has Travis "prepared for life."