A passion for the sciences and people put Amazing Student Sarah Caesar on her path (psychology/biology double major) to a great UGA experience and beyond:
As a first-generation migrant to the U.S, I understand my parents had to sacrifice a lot when making the decision to venture out into this new world, where they envisioned opportunities abound and a bright future for their children. Ever since I first moved to the U.S. at the ripe age of 9, my parents had made it very clear that, no matter what it cost, they would ensure that both my sister and I received an excellent education. To them, nothing was more important than fostering learning and curiosity in their children, because they understood that people, especially women, couldn’t be truly empowered when deprived of a solid education. So, when it came time to decide what college I wanted to attend, the decision was not a difficult one—UGA was instantly appealing to me due its vast resources and extremely friendly environment.
Prior to the start of college, I, like many incoming freshmen, was apprehensive about many things. I pondered hard about how long it would take me to acclimate to this new environment. One of the first things that struck me when I first learned about and visited UGA was its diversity, something I believe is a crucial factor that shows how inclusive and accepting a particular setting is. The university offers a plethora of opportunities, in terms of majors, extracurricular activities and employment options, to students; hence, making it even more welcoming to students, like me, who were still undecided about what path to pursue in college.
One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of America as a nation is E pluribus unum, the 13-letter Latin motto of the country that loosely translates to “out of many, one.” In many ways, I believe this same phrase symbolizes UGA as well. UGA, I believe, is quite representative of the U.S. population, a melting pot of different races, genders, religions, sects and languages. This was definitely one of the key aspects that made me fall in love with the campus almost immediately!
We can rest assured UGA is doing well when it attracts students like Caesar and becomes the place where her heart and mind flourish in the ways she describes here. Well done, Ms. Caesar, congratulations on your upcoming graduation and our wishes for the best of everything in your future endeavors. We know you'll do well.