Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Norcross, Georgia.
What made you want to pursue information systems?
I originally came to GC pursuing physics/pre-engineering in order to transfer to Georgia Tech. During freshman year, the Lord taught me that was not what his plans were though. I changed my major about a million times, but after freshman year, I felt the Lord calling me towards business. I knew MIS was an up-and-coming area within the business world and I am pretty comfortable with technology. I have come to learn that MIS is so much more than simply computer stuff. What really intrigues me is analytics and big data because my parents raised me with a love of learning and it is kind of like getting paid to learn! To learn from the data.
What were some of your favorite moments during your time at Georgia College?
- Seeing hard work at mentoring younger students in the GIVE Center pay off, getting to witness their growth.
- Making good friends and simply time spent with them!
- Looking back at my time here and seeing how the Lord has been more faithful than I ever expected or deserve and is weaving a beautiful picture with my thread and others.
Why did you choose Georgia College?
I originally chose GC… 1) because of the strong transfer program the physics department here has with Georgia Tech which is where, as a Tech fan, I grew up wanting to go and 2) because along with my two best friends from high school, we decided that it would be fun to all go here together. Soon after arriving, I fell in love with Georgia College and Milledgeville. With community and friendships; the size and all of the opportunities that allows: teaching styles, internships, jobs, faculty/student relationships, etc; liberal arts vision; and easy-going hometown atmosphere. I can’t imagine anything else now.
What organizations were you involved with during your time at GC?
Since sharing the love of Jesus through serving others is so important, I invested most of my time volunteering with Shelter Buddies and working in the GIVE Center. It’s been cool because I have been able to apply my skills learned in the classroom to my campus job as a Database Manager. I also like to stay active so I played rec and club sports for a while and helped with the Scuba diving program here.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
In the spring, I am going to intern at Camp Highland in Ellijay, GA which is where I have worked the last three summers. After that, I am not entirely sure, but I am not worried; my life is for the good news of Jesus and I just want to follow where he leads. Everything else is secondary to me, but something that intrigues me because it fuses two of my interests is the role that data and analytics could play in non-profits by identifying the roots of problems to more effectively utilize their, oftentimes scarce, funding and manpower.