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2018-2019 PSO Student Scholar: Erin Hogan

Hometown: Roswell, GA

Year: Junior

College: School of Public and International AffairsFranklin College of Arts and Sciences

Major: International affairs and women’s studies

Internship Unit: Archway Partnership


Have you participated in experiential learning? 

Yes, I studied Italian in an immersion program in Sienna, Italy for a summer and this past summer I went to Tanzania through an interdisciplinary Maymester program.

Have you had any internships? 

I am currently an intern for the UGA Office of Sustainability interning at Project Safe’s Thrift Store. I am responsible for creating new and innovative projects which connect the UGA and Athens community to Project Safe’s mission of social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

In ten years I see myself working on projects focused on sustainable community development, hopefully with an emphasis on women’s rights. I would love to be working for an NGO abroad teaching sustainable agriculture practices to women in rural communities.

Why did you apply for PSO Scholars? 

I applied for PSO Scholars because I wanted to further my involvement in public service in both Athens and the broader Georgia community. I also viewed PSO Scholars as an opportunity to engage with like-minded students from diverse areas of campus.

What excites you most about your unit? 

I am excited to work with Archway because its mission focuses on community-identified needs and therefore offers a wide variety of project possibilities. I think Archway’s model exemplifies a sustainable approach to service and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their goals.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

I am excited to learn more about the process of working with communities to help them identify their needs and then develop a project around them. As a PSO scholar, I hope to be able to learn from communities while also facilitating growth within them.

Why is service and outreach important to you? 

I see service as a sort of civic responsibility. Especially as a university student, I know I have access to resources and tools that can affect positive change in my community. Service is the best way to support the community that I live in and love.

Fun fact: 

I absolutely love choral music. In a dream world, I would make a living performing with choirs on film scores.

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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