From The Greeneville Neighbor News
By Dameon Herring, Greeneville Neighbor Intern
While many young adults decide to leave Greene County to begin their professional careers, a recent Tusculum College graduate decided to pursue ripe opportunities in Greene County.
Matthew Coty Dykes, who was born and raised in Greene County, graduated from the local college in 2012.
Attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in film and broadcasting, Dykes said his plan was to spend the entire following summer looking for a job.
While this led to multiple job offerings in other states, Dykes decided that leaving East Tennessee was not for him.
Instead, he accepted a position at Tusculum College the following year, working as a financial aid counselor in the Admissions Office.
“The idea of making a career here at Tusculum, not just a job, is my main goal,” he said.
While a Tusculum undergraduate, Dykes held a work-study position in the college’s Student Affairs Office.
Work-study was just what he needed to see the school as a business, not just an academic venue, he said.
“It sounds cliché to say,” he continued, “but growing up you think you want to leave and never come back after graduating.
“By the end of my senior year (at Tusculum College), I realized I didn't want to go.”
While growing up, Dykes said he spent a good deal of his time visiting his grandparents’ home here and exploring Davy Crockett State Park in Limestone.
"I actually think I have at some point in my life lived in all four corners of Greene County," he said.
Dykes noted that he had chosen to study at Tusculum College because of his interest in the on-campus radio station.
He emphasized no other college really stood a chance due to Tusculum’s programs and location.
A graduate of Chuckey-Doak High School in 2008, Dykes said he stands by his decision to live, go to school and work in his home county.
[Dameon Herring is a Tusculum College senior, majoring in digital media and minoring in journalism. The Atlanta native is a member of the college’s football team.]