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May 2018: Physics played a role in discovering career interest















Madison Durrance

Where are you from: McDonough, Georgia

Major: Physics

Why did you choose to major in physics? I originally came to Georgia College wanting to do the Dual Degree program but ended up switching to just physics because I fell in love with the campus. Growing up I always loved puzzles and Legos - really just using my hands to build stuff.  I have a curiosity for why things work the way they do or why certain things work well together and physics seemed like the perfect fit for that.

What did you enjoy the most about it? I enjoy teaching labs the most because it's a good way to retain information I learned early on. It's where I taught both physics and non-physics majors. For those who aren't in the major, it's been a learning experience for me too since I needed to introduce concepts in a way so they could learn it but also try to enjoy the lab.  Ultimately, the labs allow students to get hands-on experience of what they're learning about in class, which I think is cool.

What do you plan to do once you graduate? I am taking a year off before I join the Air Force as an officer.

Who is your favorite professor and why? I actually have two - Dr. Careccia because I worked as a lab assistant for her, and I'm her scholar. I did research for her for almost two years working with a 3-D printer.  Then there's Dr. Busch. I had six classes with him and my favorites were quantum cryptography 1, 2 and 3.  We learned how to encrypt messages on his optics table using lasers. This was one of the reasons why I wanted to join the Air Force.

How do you think your liberal arts experience will help you in your career? One of the things I've liked the most about being here is perspective. I pretty much lived in the same area my whole life until I came to Georgia College. Learning how people think the way they do, why they think the way they do, and how that translates into who they are as a person has allowed me to explore those same aspects about myself. As someone who always tries to keep learning something new, I've really appreciated being here. 

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