May 2020: Double major says courses, extracurriculars help her grow

May 2020: Double major says courses, extracurriculars help her grow

Ruby Zimmerman
Ruby Zimmerman

Ruby Zimmerman

What’s your major? Do you have a minor? I am graduating as a double major in political science and rhetoric. 

Where are you from? I'm from Marietta, Georgia. 

What activities have you been involved with during college? Throughout my time in college I have participated in Student Government Association (SGA), Young Democrats, the Honors Program, and I founded the non-partisan political student organization, BobcatsVote. 

What was your favorite class/professor and why? My favorite course at Georgia College was fundamentals of public speaking with Dr. Jan Hoffmann. I decided to become a rhetoric minor my sophomore year because I wanted to get over my anxieties that came with public speaking. I basically wanted to scare myself in course work to get out of my comfort zone. Dr. Hoffmann not only taught me the techniques to write and deliver various speeches, but inspired me to become a rhetoric major. After taking performance study courses, I have seen a  transformation in myself into a confident communicator.

How has your experience at Georgia College helped you grow in your field or as a person? My personal motto has always been, "the more you learn, the more you grow," and I believe that the courses and extracurriculars that I was involved in were able to challenge me in my pursuit of growing as a person. I'm lucky to have participated in the GC in the D.C. program and interned for a U.S. Representative. It was this experience that helped me find my passion for public policy.

What are your plans after graduation? Although I do not have a solidified job after graduation, I have been applying to several positions in Washington D.C., both on and off Capitol Hill. My passion lies in education policy, so I hope to be able to make change, either small or large, to help students achieve and succeed in their academic adventures. 

Anything else you’d like to mention? I just want to say "thank you" to everyone who has supported me throughout my journey at Georgia College. Congrats class of 2020!