May 2020: Economics major to begin fellowship at GC's Rural Studies Institute

May 2020: Economics major to begin fellowship at GC's Rural Studies Institute

Cameron Watts
Cameron Watts

Cameron Watts

What’s your major?  - Economics


Where are you from? - Peachtree Corners, Georgia


What activities have you been involved with during college? - Georgia College Nudge Unit, Student Government Association, University Senate, Council of Student Ambassadors, Bobcat Brigade Pep Band, Oxford University Exchange Program, GEM Mentorship Program
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How did your college experience help you grow or change your perspective? - Georgia College created an ideal environment to challenge myself and take on new opportunities and experiences that fell outside of my comfort zone. It was this setting that changed my perspective on rural Georgia and inspired me to stay in Milledgeville to help build these communities.


What are your plans after graduation? I was awarded a Lead for America Fellowship so that I can work with Dr. Veronica Womack at the University's new Rural Studies Institute for the next two years. Together, we will be researching and developing programs to improve education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and the environment here is Middle Georgia.


You were named University System of Georgia Outstanding Scholar for Georgia College. What is that award and what did it mean to you to receive it? - Every year one "outstanding scholar" is selected from each of the 26 institutions in the University System of Georgia. They are representatives of academic achievement at their schools and are recognized with an official resolution by the Georgia General Assembly. It was an amazing validation of my hard work over the past four years but ultimately reflects the enormous amount of help I've received along the way from my friends and family, professors and mentors.


I just add a huge thank you to the economics department, honors program, campus life staff, and everyone else who has helped make my time at Georgia College absolutely unforgettable and life changing!