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December 2019: Public health senior focuses on giving back














Caroline Harpe

Where are you originally from?  

My hometown is Cordele, Georgia, which is in the southwestern part of the state. It is home to a lot of farming and agriculture and also the watermelon capital of the world!

What made you want to pursue public health? 

I was not exactly sure what I wanted to major in coming into college. Through my involvement with the youth development and service organization 4-H, I knew that I wanted to have a lifetime where I served others. I am passionate about all people having a healthy life. After completing the Focus 2 Career Assessment through the Career Center, Public Health revealed itself as my most compatible option. 

What were some of your favorite moments during your time at Georgia College? 

Some of my favorite moments stem from my involvement with the Council of Student Ambassadors. As a tour guide, I was able to be the person to share my story and love for Georgia College with potential students and their friends and families. In addition, as a summer orientation leader, I was able to get the incoming students excited for all the great times that were to come in college, while also easing parents’ nerves. My other favorite moments were found when I was out in the community serving and filling a need. Through my public health coursework, I was able to volunteer at Green Acres Health and Rehabilitation, and in the Harrisburg Community and be a source of hope to others.

Why did you choose Georgia College?

I chose Georgia College because of the future that flashed in my head when I walked on my first tour. When I saw front campus for the first time, I saw myself sitting on the porch of Atkinson completing assignments for class and running around throwing and catching a frisbee. Georgia College was the first college I visited where I saw myself having opportunity to not only survive but thrive in college.

What organizations were you involved with during your time at GC?

I was involved with a few organizations in college. As mentioned earlier, I joined the Council of Student Ambassadors sophomore year. I was heavily involved in the Georgia College Wesley Foundation where I served as both a leader and intern for the Worship and Freshley ministry areas. I was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I am currently working with the S.T.E.A.M. After-school Program at Midway Hills Academy and teaching and instructing kids on gardening and farm to table efforts. I am applying to the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program, PHAP, where if selected, I will be an employee for the CDC and work in a health department or nonprofit for two years somewhere within the United States. I also plan to attend graduate school and obtain my Master of Public Health, so I can further serve people and fight health disparities in the world. 

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