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Amazing Students

A passion for serving others defines Elena Gomez of Kennesaw.  Double-majoring in international affairs and Spanish, Elena claims her participation in the Washington Semester Program as one of her most influential UGA experiences.

Caulder Harvill-Childs plans to run for political office one day, and he says his campaign colors will be red and black!  The Marietta native, who is a long-distance runner and is involved in Special Olympics, offers words of praise for…

Graduating this spring with a degree in political science, Erich Hein is the past president of Demosthenian Literary Society, UGA’s oldest student organization. Eric plans to attend law school in the future.

Shayna Pollock’s highlight while at UGA has been her experiences with the Roosevelt Institute, a student run think tank on campus.  Currently serving as executive director of the institute, Shayna has learned the value of research and policy, which led…

A passion for advocacy, travel and learning about other cultures has given Laurie McGowan a sense of purpose for her life following graduation from UGA in May.  And the Columbus native credits all the different experiences she had at UGA…

Uzma Chowdhury plans to earn two bachelor’s degrees, one master’s degree and three minors when she graduates from UGA in spring 2014. In the meantime, she’s making a difference working in the university’s Fanning Institute on migrant education youth programs,…

A UGA geography of human rights class prompted Lauren Anderson to critically consider U.S. foreign policy and the international politics of human rights. So, this senior from Macon is focusing her studies, research and career aspirations in international affairs, with…

Jaren Dunning, who is entering his third year in the School of Law, has used his UGA academic experience to build a resume that includes two stints with the United Nations, a semester at Oxford and an Equal Justice Foundation…

Tia Ayele, a Boren Scholar majoring in international affairs, has seen firsthand the economic woes facing parts of Africa and plans to dedicate her “life to public service as an agent for change.”

Stephanie Aguilar, a master’s degree student in public administration, has taken advantage of the many opportunities UGA offers in her quest to pursue a career in higher education.

David Dove, who will receive his Juris Doctor this spring, has served in numerous School of Law roles to improve the academic experience for all Georgia Law students.

Sarah Smith, a senior majoring in history and international affairs, has seized the opportunities presented to her during her college career and “fell in love with everything about UGA.”

Political science major Shalin Jyotishi has found UGA to be the perfect place to pursue his goal of a career in higher education policy, research and administration

As a UGA student, Jacqueline Van De Velde has been able to pursue her “wildest dreams,” taking her around the globe and putting her on the right track to become a public interest lawyer.

Shannon Vreeland has left her mark in the world of UGA athletics (including an Olympic gold medal), but she also has starred in the classroom and was named the SEC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Jim Thompson, a senior majoring in psychology and public relations, has taken full advantage of the many opportunities he has encountered at UGA, from studying abroad in Greece and China to being elected vice president of the Student Government Association.…