Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Year: Senior

College: School of Public and International Affairs, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Major: International affairs and French

Internship Unit: Office of Service-Learning


Have you participated in experiential learning? 

I participated in an exchange program with the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (or Sciences Po) in Paris, France for the fall semester. Half of my classes were taught in French with native French students, and I studied climate change security, UN peacekeeping, French politics, and French linguistics.

Have you had any internships? 

In the spring last year I was a Legislative Intern with the Judicial Council of Georgia. I tracked bills pertaining to Georgia’s judiciary through the state House and Senate. I also co-wrote and edited the 2018 Summary of Enacted Legislation featured on the website that details all of the judicial bills that passed during the 2018 Legislative Session for Georgia residents to see.

Also, during the summer I was the Youth Summer Programs Intern with Athens Land Trust. While there, I designed curriculum, planned educational excursions, and served as a counselor in their programs aimed at teaching children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds about sustainable agriculture, nutrition, environmental stewardship, plant identification, community development, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

My dream is to work for the Nature Conservancy, one of the leading global conservation organizations. I am particularly interested in the intersection between international development and environmental sustainability, so I would love to work with local indigenous populations around the world, focusing on preserving their environmental relationships and minimizing the influence of large corporations on natural resources and ecological landmarks.

Why did you apply for PSO Scholars? 

I have worked with a variety of service organizations within UGA and Athens, but I am particularly interested in how the university benefits the state as a whole. I hope that this experience will further enrich my understanding of the university and, as an out-of-state student, of Georgia.

What excites you most about your unit? 

I have always felt that education and service can be directly linked, so when I learned that there is an Office of Service-Learning at UGA that promotes just that, I was excited to join. I have already worked with Campus Kitchen at UGA over the summer, but I am eager to begin my own personal project with them. I also hope to utilize some of the skills I have obtained from my Certificate in Nonprofit Management towards researching organizational practices of Campus Kitchen.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

I hope to implement the skills I have learned from my nonprofit management and program evaluation classes into a real-world setting. I also hope to develop a stronger relationship with Campus Kitchen. After attending their national conference in Washington, D.C. over the summer, I am eager to learn more about such a wonderful organization.

Why is service and outreach important to you? 

I believe it is important to form a deeper connection with all parts of Athens, rather than just the university and campus. Through service and outreach, I feel like I know Athens much more than when I moved here as a freshman.

Fun fact: 

When I was in high school, I visited Tula, Russia with some students, and we dined with an ex-KGB agent in her living room. I am also a Service Ambassador with ServeUGA and part of the UGA Honors Program.

Taylor Black in Annecy, France.

The Public Service & Outreach Student Scholars program provides the opportunity for a select cohort of undergraduate students to explore and engage with the University of Georgia’s public service and outreach (PSO) mission. Supported by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, and administered through the Office of Service-Learning, this year-long program is intended to provide deeper understanding of PSO’s purpose, breadth, and depth through supervised service experiences with PSO and communities, to help students link their public service experiences with their career and educational goals, and to create a community of student scholars who understand the role of public service in Georgia and more broadly.

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