South Forsyth High School
Minor in Applied Biotechnology
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UGA?
I love how many opportunities there are on campus. There is something for everyone, and if there isn’t, you can start it and you’ll easily find others interested as well. I have found so many different communities that play a crucial role in my college experience.
Why did you choose engineering?
My dad had his own circuit testing business, and I spent a lot of time around it. I always had an attachment to healthcare due to my mom’s career in it. Also for as long as I could remember, math had been my favorite subject. When I put all that together, I realized how enticing biological engineering sounded and decided to go for it.
Why is it important for the university to have a diverse community?
Diversity promotes understanding, inclusivity and creativity. A diverse community allows individuals to learn so much about other cultures and types of people. I believe the best way for a person to grow is to surround themselves with diverse individuals.
What has been the greatest challenge you have faced while at UGA, and how did you overcome it?
It was difficult trying to find opportunities in the biomedical industry, especially with no previous experience. Since I didn’t have any experience, I would highlight the relevant coursework and involvement to set myself apart. When I finally got an interview for my first career-based opportunity, I made sure to do a lot of prep; I studied the company, practiced answering questions, and wrote down some key notes and questions for the interviewers.
What have you learned that has made a difference for you?
The importance of a good work ethic and networking skills. It took me a while, but developing a strong work ethic and learning how to study for engineering courses has changed my projection at school. I also have experienced how far networking can take you, and that it is not just your credentials that land you a job.
Who has helped you become a successful student at UGA?
Many people have had an impact but the most notable one would be Dr. Savadatti. His Statics class gave me a glimpse into the engineering world and I loved his class structure. His class not only taught me Statics, but also good work ethic and real-world application.
What is your favorite spot on campus and why?
North campus, especially the grass area by the fountain, because of how nature heavy it is. I associate that spot with my second semester at UGA when it was transitioning into spring. My friend and I would walk up from Creswell with a picnic blanket to “do homework” and just spend hours there.
What has been your favorite class at UGA?
Out of my course-load so far, Statics has been my favorite class. I really enjoyed applying physics principles to real-world situations. I loved finally being able to envision conceptual situations in my mind. Even more, I enjoyed how math heavy Statics can be. It made me realize the intricacies of the simplest systems in day-to-day life.
What has been your best memory at UGA?
I was never a football fan before coming to Georgia and never would’ve expected to become one. The UGA vs Tennessee game in 2022 was probably my best memory here. Tennessee was ranked #1 at the time so there was a lot of pressure on the game. The stadium was packed that day, and when it started raining heavy in the 4th quarter, nobody left. The energy in the stadium was just amazing that day!
What advice do you have for younger students who wish to pursue engineering?
Engineering is a great major to open up numerous doors for you. Between all the different engineering disciplines, a student can pursue almost any job. Good work ethic and networking skills can take you really far.
How do you hope to impact society with your engineering degree?
I personally want to pursue clinical engineering in the medical device industry. I’ve always wanted to work close to healthcare. I hope to improve healthcare technology and implementation. I would love to interact with doctors and patients that are directly impacted by medical devices through my job.