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Lauren Shepherd

Lauren Shepherd

Human Resource Management

Hometown: High Springs, Florida

Major: Senior human resource management major

Graduating: December 2023

Why did you choose to attend GSW?
I was originally recruited for basketball, and on my visit, I got to meet some of the staff and faculty, and I knew right then and there where I was going. Everyone was so welcoming, and it just felt like home. 

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

  • President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program, 3 years
  • Women’s Basketball, 2 years
  • GSW Marshals, 2 years
  • Zephyrs, 1 year
  • Dean’s List, 1 semester
  • President’s List, 5 semesters
  • Student Government Association, College of Business and Computing Representative, 1 year
  • First-Year Experience Intern, 1.5 years
  • Society for HR Management, 2 years (President, 2022-23)
  • Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll, 2 years (2020-21, 2021-22)
  • GSW Scholar-Athlete Award, 2022
  • Leaving a Legacy: Outstanding Senior Award, 2023
  • Baptist Collegiate Ministry, 2 years
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society, 1 year
  • Beta Gamma Phi Honors Society, 1 year 

Are you currently receiving any GSW scholarships? If so, which one(s)?
Yes, I'm currently receiving the Southwestern Promise Scholarship (Frances Wilson), the Stanley Wicker Scholarship, the Human Resource Management Scholarship, and Mix Foundation Honors as part of of the Carter Leadership Program.

What makes GSW special?
I think GSW is special because it has a smaller student body that allows you to get really involved and find “your people” through that involvement. It also allows you to form personal relationships with faculty and staff who want to see and help you succeed as a student, person, and in your career path.

What have you learned from other GSW students?
The biggest thing I’ve learned from other students is that everyone has a unique and interesting story and perspective on life, and it is so important to listen to those different viewpoints and stories. It helps you grow and learn!

What have you learned (or are learning) that has made the biggest difference for you?
One of the most valuable things I have been and am still learning in college is who I am. Being able to be in the President Jimmy Carter Leadership Program and other organizations on campus, moving from the same place I’ve always known, and facing challenges in college have allowed me to learn about myself and become more confident in who I am and what I can do. I’m forever grateful to be able to have had the experiences I have had here!

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Get involved and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone! Everyone is a little nervous and wanting to make friends, so sometimes all it takes is going out of your comfort zone to find people with common interests and meet your next best friend.

What is your favorite place to eat, shop, or hang out in Americus?
My favorite restaurant is Gyro City in downtown Americus. They have the best fries!  

What is your favorite vacation spot or a memorable trip you’ve taken?
One of my favorite trips and one I’d love to do again is going to the Florida Keys. We snorkeled and went deep sea fishing. It’s so beautiful.  

Posted June 2, 2023