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What is your hometown?Mary Katherine McGarr web

Cordele, Georgia

Where did you attend high school?

I attended Crisp Academy.

Why did you choose to attend GSW?

I chose to attend GSW because I could achieve my degree while continuing to run cross country.

What is your favorite part about GSW?

I enjoy the small student-teacher ratio. I attended a high school with a small student-teacher ratio as well, which made the transition to the college course load easier.

What is your favorite memory or experience you've had at GSW?

My favorite experiences at GSW have been in my extracurricular activities. Getting involved in organizations allowed me to expand my college experience beyond the classroom and meet lifelong friends.

What is your major? What degree will you receive upon graduation?

I am a senior history major. I will receive a BA in history with a political science minor.

Why did you choose your major?

I had no idea what I wanted to major in when I came to college. Dr. Parkinson recognized my potential to excel as a history major during a freshman core class. I looked into the major and decided it would be a good path for me.

When is your graduation date?

May 2019

Please list your University highlights, achievement, leadership and awards.

  • Dean's List
  • President's List
  • Peach Belt All-Academic Team
  • Women's Cross Country team (4 years)
  • Women's Cross Country team captain (senior year)
  • Member of Kappa Delta sorority
  • Member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
  • Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to attend graduate school after earning my bachelor’s degree.

Who is your favorite professor? Why?

Choosing a favorite professor is difficult. I have taken classes with every history professor in the department, and every professor does a great job teaching and truly cares that each student excels. If I had to choose, I would say Dr. Bragg is my favorite professor. She is always available to help students not only with material in her classes but also other materials relevant to her subject matter in other classes. She genuinely cares for every student’s success in her classes and in their future careers.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy running, traveling, and spending time with family and friends during my free time.

Fun fact about you?

I have a poodle named Margaux.

What advice would you give incoming freshmen?

I would tell incoming freshmen to maintain the highest GPA possible while getting involved in as many campus activities one can handle.

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