For senior sociology major Sue Joe, service at the University of Georgia helps her build relationships and broaden her horizons while sharing her knowledge to improve the community.

What is your major/minor?

Sociology

Hometown?

I am originally from South Korea; my current hometown is Duluth, Georgia.

What does service mean to you?

For me, service means applying something (actively) that I have learned by sharing it with others for the betterment of my community.

What made you want to get involved in service at UGA?

Life is filled with learning. Service always provides me with a great opportunity to put into practice what I have learned in school and commit it to experience.

What service and leadership opportunities are you involved with at UGA?

I was an International Orientation Leader at UGA during the summer of 2012. It was a great experience in which I learned how to organize and lead various activities and events for international students, and I also built lasting relationships with many of them. Also, I have volunteered several times for cultural events through the World Ambassador Student Organization during the spring semester of 2012. And I volunteered for the Campus Kitchen project to make 150 Thanksgiving food bags for clients of the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) through Public Service and Outreach.

What do you feel has been the greatest benefit of your service at UGA, within the community and in your personal life?

I think my service at UGA has been an interactive learning experience, and it increased my opportunities for interacting with many different people and has helped my career perspectives for the future. In other words, I get as much or more out of these service learning activities as I put into them.

Why do you feel it is important for students to participate in public service and outreach? How do you benefit from it?

I think participation in public service and outreach gives students a chance to consider their education in a much broader, more relevant sense; instead of the goal of my studies being just about advancing myself in the future, I can put what I have learned to good use for the betterment of my community now. Public service and outreach provides me with wonderful opportunities to experience broader perspectives, which might serve in shaping my ideas and perceptions in the future.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am planning to go to graduate school to study education.

What are your interests and hobbies outside school?

I play the piano and flute. Music is a great way to de-stress after work or school. Also, I am a traveler. I love to learn beyond what is familiar to me in the world. I enjoy spending my time learning about different cultures and meeting people from other cultures.

Please list any outside-UGA community service you are involved in.

I hosted the Good Neighboring Campaign conference, which provided an information session for Asian American immigrants to stimulate them to become an integrated part of and engage in American society. I also was a volunteer at the Korean Community Presbyterian Church as a Korean language teacher for children, and I taught them to speak the Korean language and taught them about Korean heritage.

What is your favorite spot in Athens, at UGA or in Georgia? Why?

My favorite spot at UGA is a reading room at Miller Learning Center. I like the quiet atmosphere in MLC that encourages me to read and concentrate on my studies.

What motivates or inspires you in life?

I believe that every moment is a step toward shaping a life that is full of joy and happiness later. What I am doing now, such as my studies and my work, is like a saving account of my efforts and eventually success will come from my perseverance.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Every challenging moment is a great opportunity for learning and discovering. I try to apply that advice every day, while I am studying at UGA.