Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 2:37pm

Senior biology major from Augusta Mallory Walters has worked in a clinic in South Africa, volunteered in a local hospice and health center, participated in student groups and excelled academically:

The weeks I spent working at this clinic confirmed that I was on the right path for me. I returned to the States eager to continue my medical training. Without the support of UGA and the Honors Program, I would have missed out on these adventures that brought me a renewed sense of confidence in my path and purpose for my life. 

UGA offered me much more than just international opportunities. In my freshman year, I wanted to get involved in any group that handed me a flyer and a cookie in Tate. I spent a lot of time working on the Events Committee with HEROES, an organization that provides quality-of-life care to kids infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. This experience connected me to some amazing fellow students dedicated to improving their community. 

I also spent time in the UGA swing club and spreading the Christmas cheer by taking a child from Athens shopping with Shop with a Bulldawg. But my biggest accomplishment to date is still winning the Tennis Intramural Championship.

One of my greatest in joys in college has been volunteering as a tutor through Whatever It Takes tutoring. Beginning as a tutor and then going on to become head tutor gave me a special opportunity to get a firsthand look at the joy and hopes of the children in the Athens community. Their love for life, desire to learn and stellar dance moves reminded me of the simple joys in life. The Athens community has become very dear to my heart, and I owe these children so much for all they taught me. 

My passion for working with people led me to begin volunteering with Compassionate Care Hospice. I provided weekly companionship and support to a hospice patient receiving palliative care. I found such joy in fostering friendship over competitive Scrabble matches and learning life lessons from a wise and charming woman.

A great four years of undergraduate experiences, on campus and beyond, with many stories worth sharing. Best of luck to Walters, who graduates in December.