Getting to Know tnAchieves, Featuring Emily Conley

Emily Conley

College Completion Coordinator


Where did you go to school and what was your major?

I graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in Journalism.

Why is education important to you?

I love learning and helping others attain the education they deserve. Your education is something no one can ever take away from you, and learning really does open doors. I’ve worked in education in many different areas; as an elementary school teacher, an academic success coach for college students, and now with tnAchieves students. Regardless of the student, I’ve found that we were made to learn new information and grow our brains at any age—7 years old, 17 years old or as an adult!

What is your best piece of advice for current college students?

Don’t lose sight of your future! It’s easy to get caught up in the stress and worry of the day-to-day, and sometimes it may feel like it makes more sense to quit studying and doing homework and just start working full-time. Don’t give in to your short-term wants. A college degree, certificate or credential is worth it! You will have so many more options for the rest of your working life if you put in the time and effort now. You will also make more money in the long-run!

What is your favorite part about working for tnAchieves?

I love coming to work every day and feeling like I have a purpose. I get to talk to students who want to further their education, who want to put in the work necessary to succeed. I get to talk to parents and mentors who are dedicated to their student’s success and want to make sure their dreams can become a reality. At tnAchieves, all of our work really is student-centered, and to come to an office every day where I get to do my small part to make sure students are going to college and changing their trajectories—it’s a dream! 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I love traveling! I’ve visited 48 of the 50 States and 16 countries.

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