Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA

Year: Sophomore

College: Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Major: Entertainment and media studies

Internship Unit: Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach


Have you had any internships? 

I currently work in marketing for the nonprofit, The Backpack Project, Inc., which serves the homeless in Georgia.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

I hope to be working for a television network in programming. Bringing to the screen diverse content that connects with and is meaningful to broad and underrepresented audiences is my goal.

Why did you apply for PSO Scholars? 

I really wanted to engage more in service and feel more connected to the community. As an out-of-state student, I felt that it was essential during my time in college to immerse myself in the local community, understand the issues that Georgians are facing and help to alleviate some of those burdens.

What excites you most about your unit? 

I love that I will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with each branch of PSO, because I am so interested in the wide variety of work that PSO does.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

I hope to meet more people who are passionate about community service, and also grow in my leadership skills and knowledge of relevant issues so that I can improve my ability to affect change in my community.

Why is service and outreach important to you? 

Service and outreach is important to me because I think we as human beings all have a responsibility to each other to do what we can with our resources to help those that need it and to better our community in any way possible, for the sake of others, but also so that we may live in a better world ourselves.

Fun fact: 

I attended an arts high school with an emphasis in 3D visual arts.

During her trip to Europe to study in Oxford, Yuan also visited Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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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