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Class of 2020: First-year nursing major, Spanish minor aims to make an impact

Elizabeth Griffin knows she wants her college career to focus on making a difference in the lives of others.

“I knew nursing and volunteering were things that I was drawn to from the time I spent in Honduras, where we set up a dental and medical program to help the community,” said the Albany, Georgia native.

Elizabeth hit the ground running raising awareness of a certain item she wanted to give to a local community in Honduras: toothbrushes. She created the program “Smiles across Miles,” raising more than 1,000 toothbrushes for the trip to the Central American country.

“I wanted to find a way to help,” said Elizabeth. “As I got more involved, especially with the pharmacy aspect of the program, I realized I could see myself doing this in the future.”

Elizabeth’s drive to give back sparked from a cheerleading stunt gone wrong—leaving her with a concussion and a chance to think about how to spend her free time.

“It was then that I decided I wanted to make an impact. I wanted to spend my time volunteering,” said Elizabeth.

That same sense of giving back has led Elizabeth to pursue a major in nursing and a minor in Spanish. Her decision to attend GC was made after visiting campus when she was just 16-years-old.

"I come from a relatively small school, and so the draw for me was just the atmosphere,” said Griffin.

Elizabeth knew GC was the place for her.

“I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to finally make it here— since I knew I wanted to go here since I was 16,” said Elizabeth. “I’m so excited to finally be on campus.”

After graduating, she plans to go back to Honduras and offer even more in the line of medical needs to local communities. Her mother Terri Griffin says she couldn’t be happier Elizabeth chose GC.

“Georgia College impressed us from the very beginning so her father and I are very happy she went here,” said Terri. “We’re thrilled for her and all the opportunities she’ll have here and after she graduates.”

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