Class of: 2012
Hometown and High School: Stockbridge, GA; Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy
Major/Minor: Public Policy with concentration in Non-Profit Leadership
I chose to attend Georgia State University because of Incept’s new student orientation. As a graduated senior, I came to orientation viewing GSU as a “last-resort” college option. Throughout the day, my Inceptor Becky Puleo treated me as if she genuinely cared about me, rather than seeing me as just another freshman coming in. I discovered activities and opportunities I knew would help me succeed as a college student. And finding out my freshman year was paid for sealed the deal for me. I am so grateful to be at a university where I wake up every day as a commuter student and look forward to the day ahead. I love how it is a non-traditional campus, where I have met people all across the globe and where I can take a 10-minute walk to get to Centennial Olympic Park.
Campus Activities and Organizations: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society-President, LEAD Team, Emerging Leaders mentor, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Campus P.A.L.S. mentor, 2010 Spotlight Homecoming Committee: Royal Court Chair, Jumpstart Corps Member, Diversity Fee Council, 2009 Miss Freshman Homecoming Candidate
Most Memorable Georgia State Experience: It has to be running for Miss Freshman on the 2009 Homecoming Royal Court. Before applying, I remember looking at past candidates online, so I wanted to diversify the court. I met upperclassmen who are now my mentors and I interacted with many students, which made it a very fun experience.
If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be and why? I would love to be Hello Kitty! She is such a cool cat that always seems to be fashion forward in her adorable dresses and seems to love hanging out with her fellow Sanrio friends. I am not sure I can be as fashionable as her, but I really enjoy being around people and meeting new visitors at the Welcome Center.
Favorite Georgia State Tradition: I really love attending probates or coming-out shows for new sisters or brothers in a sorority/fraternity. It is so much fun seeing your Greek friends dancing/strolling and seeing the support from Georgia State’s student body and other Greeks on campus.
What advice would you give to incoming students? Know who you are and know what you stand for because people may try to change you; but always stay true to yourself. Embrace diversity because there is a lot at Georgia State so be open-minded to new cultures, ideas, and people. Whether you commute or live on campus, take advantage of getting involved in clubs or organizations because GSU provides all the opportunities; it is up to you to decide how to make the most out of your college experience.
After I graduate from Georgia State, I hope to obtain a master’s degree in international affairs at Georgetown University in D.C., and become an international ambassador who will possibly work for UNICEF.