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Brooke Tome

Brooke Tome

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Hometown: Bainbridge, Georgia

Major: Recent marketing graduate, current MBA student

Graduating: December 2022

Why did you choose to attend GSW?
I chose GSW because I was looking for a great online program to further my education. I also wanted it to be close enough to me, just in case I ever needed to come to campus for anything as well.

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

  • Full-time GSW staff member, Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Student Engagement and Success (2018-2022)
  • Full-time GSW staff member, Student Activities Coordinator (July 2022-present)
    • Thunder Camp Director (July 2022-present)
    • Student Engagement Team Advisor (July 2022-present)
    • GSW Drop Advisor
  • Earned Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from GSW (May 2022)
  • Enrolled in Double Canes Program
  • Earned Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Graphic Design Certificate from Darton State College
  • First Generation college student
  • Academic Achievement List, 5 semesters

What is a cause you’re passionate about?
I’m very passionate about student engagement. I firmly believe that a student’s involvement outside of the classroom shapes their overall college experience and opens doors to their future. Because of this, those memories will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Student Affairs changed my life, and I’ve dedicated myself to doing everything that I can to give that same life-changing experience to as many students as possible.

What makes GSW special?
There’s been a special growth in engagement across campus over the past couple years. I’ve watched faculty, staff, and students become more involved and support one another. GSW is offering students more programs, activities, and initiatives across the board—the most that this University has ever seen before. To know and experience this fiery campus spirit is to love GSW.

What are some of the challenges and/or perks of online learning?
Online learning has always been the best option for me during my college experience. I’m constantly working, so in-person classes have never worked for my personal schedule. Having the ability to access my courses from anywhere and at any time has given me unlimited opportunities to make college “work” for me on my own time. I would not have been as successful in college as I have been without access to online classes.

What is your plan after graduation?
After graduating with my BBA in May 2022, I began my new journey as the Student Activities Coordinator here at GSW. This has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and the knowledge, skills, and experiences that I cultivated here at GSW have catapulted me to this defining moment of my life. As I navigate through the first couple months of my new role, I also plan to finish up the remaining courses of my MBA program too. I plan to graduate with my MBA in December 2022, all thanks to the Double Canes Program here at GSW. 2022 has been an extremely busy year for me, but it’s also shaping up to be one of the best years of my life as well—and it’s all thanks to GSW.

What advice do you have for incoming students?
The best piece of advice that I could give to incoming students is to get involved on campus. Students can get involved on campus in a variety of ways. They can join organizations, take on leadership roles, attend campus events, and even volunteer their time for various initiatives too. But it goes beyond that—students should come to college with the expectation to get out of their comfort zones. The only way to learn or to experience new things is to do something that you’ve never done before. My challenge to them would be to speak up in class, take on that extra project, make new friends, go to campus events, join organizations, take on leadership roles, etc. The possibilities are endless, and incoming students should take advantage of as much as possible. After all, these are the moments that will change your life forever.

What is your favorite vacation spot or a memorable trip you’ve taken?
My favorite place in the world is the beach. That’s my happy place. If I could move to Destin, Fla. right now, I would—in a heartbeat. The food, music, and atmosphere is so warm and inviting, and I literally feel all of my problems melt away once I get there.

Posted July 19, 2022