Class of: 2013
Hometown and High School: Columbus, GA; Shaw High School
Major/Minor: Social Work/Psychology
I chose to attend Georgia State University because I believe that it could offer me the best college experience with its great resources, opportunities to succeed in academics, and new friendships with the diverse population of students. Georgia State is also a non-traditional campus which I knew would help me become an independent adult and learn more about myself and others.
Campus Activities and Organizations: Spotlight Programs Board: Panther Prowl and Special Events Committee Member; Residence Hall Association: Director of Programming; First-Year Experience Peer Mentor, Volunteer International Student Assistant, Honors Program, Service Ambassador, Alternative Spring Break (Panther Breakaway), Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, Sophomore’s Achieving In Life (SAIL)
Most Memorable Georgia State Experience: My Freshman Learning Community, Understanding Yourself and Others. I came to GSU knowing about five people from my high school, and I wanted to meet as many people as I could. In my FLC, I took the same five classes with twenty-four other students. From this, it was easy to keep up with assignments, form study groups, and enjoy each other’s company outside the classroom on a regular basis.
If you could be a cartoon character, who would you be and why? I would be Penny Proud from The Proud Family. Penny wanted to make positive changes in her school and community, she valued her friends and family, and she knew who she was as a person. She also wanted to do the right thing and strived towards excellence in everything she did.
Favorite Georgia State Tradition: Panther Welcome, which consists of two full weeks of programs and events for students to get a taste of Georgia State. It introduces students, especially new freshmen and transfer students to the university. New friendships always begin here which then develops over the school year!
What advice would you give to incoming students? GET INVOLVED. Georgia State has over 200 student organizations to become involved in, so there is at least one organization that is for you. Also, maintain a balance between academics and campus life. Time management skills are needed, and will help make your life easier if you start now. BE ORGANIZED. Get a planner and write down all assignments from the syllabus in the planner so you can be organized with all of your classes.
After I graduate from Georgia State, I hope to attend graduate school, and pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work. After receiving my Master’s, I will work for a non-profit organization that will help decrease violence toward youth, which will help me earn my licensure for Social Work (LCSW). I will then continue grad school pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.