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Class of 2020: Gap year experience opens doors for the future

Amara Tennessee is not your typical first-year student. The Roswell native is a year older than her other first-year colleagues all because she chose take a year to live abroad helping others.

“I decided to take gap year between high school and college. After taking Spanish for six years, I wanted to go live in a Spanish-speaking country to immerse myself in the language and culture,” said Tennessee. “I spent 11 months living in Paraguay and had two volunteer jobs —one at cardiology center and another at public health center coordinating vaccinations.”

Her experiences in Paraguay confirmed her decision to major in nursing and minor in Spanish at Georgia College.

“Eventually, I hope to work in a Spanish speaking country,” she said.

With plans stay involved in the multicultural opportunities in campus, Tennessee looks forward to joining the International Club and the Spanish Club.

“I chose Georgia College because I really like all the aspects available to help students succeed—the group study opportunities and how they set you up for success,” said Tennessee.

As the oldest in her family, she’s the first child to go off to college, but her mom says this is an easy move after what they’ve experienced with her year abroad.

“Based on the other schools we visited—both in state and out of state—I thought this was a really good fit for her with the nursing program,” said Denise Tennessee. “We were also impressed by all the facilities like the Writing Center and Learning Center, and loved that the focus here is on teaching.”                                                                           

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