Monday, November 23, 2015 - 11:04am

Franklin College double major Miller Singleton (biology & psychology) strives to make service and study abroad the hallmarks of her UGA experience:

Since my freshman year, I have volunteered as a mentor with Shop with a Bulldawg, an organization whose mission is to serve Athens by bringing joy and hope to children during the holidays. I currently volunteer with Affinis Hospice in which I have the opportunity to serve as a companion and listen to the incredible stories of my patients. My idea of service transcends borders, and UGA has afforded me numerous opportunities to travel on both medical mission and study abroad trips. The summer after my sophomore year I studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand where I was able to apply the science I was learning in the classroom to real lab settings, such as the dolphin-filled waters in Kaikoura, New Zealand, or the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, Australia. I have traveled on three medical mission trips in which I have gained a love and appreciation for the culture of medicine in Central and South American countries. During my 2014 and 2015 spring breaks, I participated in a MEDLIFE trip to Lima, Peru, and I led an International Service Learning trip to San José, Costa Rica. During both of my trips, I helped to establish mobile clinics where I shadowed physicians, assisted in building houses and staircases, and helped to educate the local community about overall hygiene and health. In my most recent and longest medical mission trip, I traveled to Quito, Ecuador, to participate in a monthlong immersion program with Child Family Health International that allowed me to shadow physicians in various health care settings, from large public hospitals to small traditional medicine clinics. I also took medical Spanish classes in order to improve my communication skills while in the clinics.

Great students becoming conscientious people who will have a lasting, positive influence in the world. UGA attracts the best; Franklin is the place where they begin to put it all together.