Hometown: Loganville, Georgia
Favorite GC moment: "Honestly, it is really hard to pinpoint a favorite time here at Georgia College. I have been involved with so many different organizations, and each one has made this the perfect college experience for me. If I had to pick one, I think the Baptist Collegiate Ministries provided some of my best experiences, whether it was paint wars, conferences or formals."
How did you decide on biology as a major: "I chose to be a biology major with a pre-PA concentration because I always loved my life science classes. I think 7th-grade was the official time when I knew what I wanted for my life. I took a health science class and realized that I wanted to go into medicine. From that point on, I started dreaming of having a career in pediatrics."
When did you get involved in your research and what is it about: "This semester was my first semester working in the lab, and it has truly been an amazing experience. I started doing undergraduate research through the honors program, so I had the opportunity to present at a few research conferences. This actually helped me get into the lab. I chose to do an honor's option for Dr. Manoylov's ecology course. She carefully guided me through the process of good research papers and presentations. Because of her efforts, my partner and I presented our research at the Georgia Collegiate Honor's Council last year in Columbus, Georgia. She is such a role model for me, so I asked her for an opportunity to work in her lab. My main project is to catalog all of the samples that we have in the lab. I have counted over 4000 slides, and we are working on identifying all of the samples in order to ensure that we understand where they came from. Dr. Manoylov has hundreds of samples that she has collected over time, and they come from various locations in Georgia, Australia, Puerto Rico or so many others. On the side, I have been extremely fortunate to assist some of Dr. Manoylov's graduate students' research on DNA extraction and genome sequencing."
What advice would you give to yourself four years ago: "My advice to freshman would be to get involved with student organizations and maintain good relationships with professors. I have been so blessed by students and faculty here. My professors have demonstrated their willingness to help in so many situations, especially in writing letters of recommendation for graduate school."
Plans after graduation: Attending Augusta University's Physician Assistant program starting in May 2018