Erica Flanigan, a senior majoring in business and sport management at UGA, is motivated by a desire to help others. Service has always been a part of Erica’s life, and she came to UGA intent on making service a prominent part of her formal education. Erica asserts that serving others has made her more appreciative for what she has and given her greater purpose and drive.

What is your major/minor?
I am pursuing a double major in business management and sport management, as well as a certificate in legal studies.

Stone Mountain, GA

What does service mean to you?
Service means giving of your time and resources to help someone else.

What made you want to get involved in service at UGA?
Service has always been a part of my life. Considering all the opportunities here in Athens to get involved and give back, I made it a goal of mine to make service a prominent part of my education at UGA.

What service and leadership opportunities are you involved with at UGA?
In addition to being a former PSO Student Scholar, I have participated in the Day of Service, tutored at Clarke Middle School and been involved with the Terry Business Academy. I also participated in an IMPACT trip this past spring.

What do you feel has been the greatest benefit of your service at UGA, within the community and in your personal life?
Ghandi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This quote sums up my service experience here at UGA. Through getting involved and giving back, not only have I learned to appreciate what I have been given, but I have found greater purpose and drive.

Why do you feel it is important for students to participate in public service and outreach? How do you benefit from it?
As a citizen, it is important to be in touch with the community around you, no matter where you are or for how long you stay. Even though most of us are only here at UGA for a short period of time, we all become residents of the community around us. As a result, you become more aware of your surroundings, and if you’re looking you can easily find ways to contribute to making it a better place.

What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate I plan to work in the field of emerging business and human capital (human resources). After a couple of years into my career, I plan to attain my MBA.

What are your interests and hobbies outside of school?
My favorite hobbies are traveling, reading and writing.

What is your favorite spot in Athens, at UGA or in Georgia? Why?
My favorite spot is the Founder’s Garden on North Campus. It’s nice and quaint and always has beautiful flowers. It’s great for just relaxing or reading, and it’s hardly ever crowded.

What motivates or inspires you in life?
It may sound cheesy, but being able to help others motivates me. Being able to see people develop personally and professionally inspires me, because I see them work and grow and move on to greater things.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Feed yourself knowledge daily—this part of you can never get too full.