KNOXVILLE — Alyssa Bode is excited as she begins her freshman year of college. She is pursuing a business degree at Johnson University.
On Aug. 17, 2018, Bode moves into her college dorm room. She traveled from her home in Dandridge.
Bode grew up with two twin brothers, Levi Bode and Dakota Bode. Alyssa began homeschooling in the seventh grade alongside her brothers. The rest of her middle and high school experience was spent getting her education at home.
After visiting JU the summer before her 12th-grade year, Alyssa knew JU was where she wanted to be.
“I loved being homeschooled but, the atmosphere here was really cool. I love getting to meet people from different places,” Alyssa said. “I would compare every school to Johnson. They had my major, and the people were really friendly.”
Alyssa said she fell in love with the scenic views of the campus. She said she admired the communal atmosphere of the people on campus.
“I love how much everyone here loves Jesus and each other,” she said. “I knew I wanted to play a part in that.”
Since her arrival, she has found people to grow in community with. Alyssa said she has participated in all of the activities from Genesis Weekend, the university’s freshmen welcome experience.
“Saturday night was my favorite,” she said. “I was able to get to know people. The worship was really cool too.”
Alyssa said she is looking forward to pursuing her business major at JU and hopes to continue to meet new people.