Korah Beth Clark
Hometown: I grew up in both Perry and Hawkinsville, Georgia, where my family still lives.
Major/minor: Athletic training with a minor in Spanish. I wanted to be an athletic trainer since my sophomore year of high school. I’ve always known I wanted to work in the medical field and finally found a profession that incorporates my love of sports.
Why Georgia College? Georgia College was always my first choice, as I loved the size of Milledgeville and the proximity to home. When looking at colleges for athletic training, I didn’t know if I wanted to stay at Georgia College or not. After some discussion, I realized how much hands-on experience I’d be able to get at our local clinical sites, compared to other universities.
Activities/Academic Standing: During my time at Georgia College, I’ve been involved with Kappa Delta, Wesley Foundation, Leadership Certificate Program, GC Miracle and the Honors Society, Eta Sigma Alpha.
Study abroad: One of the first things that I did, when I arrived at Georgia College as a freshman, was locate Bone House to sign up for a study abroad to London, England. The summer after my freshman year, I fulfilled a childhood dream by spending six weeks in London. This past summer, I was able to spend three weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, as well—with LeadAbroad. I hiked Table Mountain, went on a safari and bungee-jumped 700 feet off Bloukrans Bridge.
Favorite professor: One of the highlights of my college career is having Dr. Mike Martino (a.k.a. Doc) as a mentor and professor. Doc’s knowledge is undeniable, and he obviously finds great joy in sharing all he knows with his students. His positivity and desire to better himself in all he does encourages me to continue to push myself in college and beyond. Doc’s constant encouragement and advice has been very beneficial to me, while I research and plan my post-college internship and future education plans.
Most impactful moment: The most impactful time in my college career was the year that I served on the executive board for Kappa Delta as secretary. While this position brought about a lot of stress and critical time management, it forced me to push myself to help improve our chapter. From this time in college, I gained valuable communication and organizational skills, which I still use often, and I learned to lean on others and value true friendship.
Key to success in college: There is no “cookie cutter” plan for success in college. Success depends on what your future goals are and how you’re able to improve yourself by utilizing the opportunities and networks available to you at college. Make sure to find small victories in everything you do, even if you’re facing failure. The only time failure is an actual loss is if you’re unable to learn anything from it.
Advice for students just starting out: Get involved, find your people and don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Plan to study abroad at least once in college, if possible. Some things in life are simply ‘right place, right time.’ So, set yourself up to say “yes” when those situations occur. Perspective is vital. Don’t forget to take time for yourself once in a while and enjoy your time in college.
How did college change you? Georgia College has forced me to step outside of my comfort zone more times than I can count. This has allowed me to accept the challenges in front of me, become more outgoing and to regard failure as a learning opportunity.
Future plans: I will be an intern at Cressey Sports Performance in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I am beyond excited to be able to learn at CSP and apply the skills and knowledge I have acquired at Georgia College. I could not have asked for a better internship after college, as I continue towards my goal of becoming an athletic trainer for a Major League Baseball team.