Born into the rural community of Waynesboro, Georgia, I was taught from a young age the importance of community and agriculture through my involvement in FFA. FFA fostered an overwhelming passion within me to share the message of agriculture across our nation and world. This passion was given a career pathway in the summer of 2017 when I worked as an agriculture fellow for Congressman Sanford D. Bishop in the U.S. House of Representatives. This experience opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities in the public sector regarding agriculture.
After graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from UGA, I decided to pursue a Master of Public Administration to strengthen my economic, policy, and quantitative analysis skills. I chose to attend UGA for graduate school because the School of Public and International Affairs MPA program is highly ranked, has a great alumni base, renown professors and an extensive community outreach. Additionally, I was offered an assistantship with Archway Partnership, which partners with rural communities in Georgia to provide them with higher education resources based upon their self-identified needs.
Following graduation, I would like to obtain a position within the federal government focused in agriculture and/or foreign aid. I am confident an MPA from SPIA will fully prepare me for a career in this field and I am looking forward to the next two years of learning and growing here at UGA.