Elizabeth Hardister, an international affairs major from Dunwoody, Ga., says being involved in service has allowed her to actively apply the skills she’s learned in the classroom and in her research and enhanced her understanding of the concepts she’s studying at UGA. As a student scholar, she’s learned about how UGA puts its resources to work to improve Georgia through its extensions, and how she as a student now and a professional later can become involved in public service.
What made you want to get involved with service at UGA?
I wanted to meet people who are passionate about the service they do, and to learn how I can translate my interests into work that benefits others.
What service and leadership activities are you involved with at UGA?
I am involved in organizations that promote disaster preparedness in our area, such as UGA’s Red Cross Public Health and Disaster committee and Medical Reserve Corps. I am also a Service Ambassador and a member of UGA’s service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma.
Why do you feel it is important for students to participate in public service and outreach? How does it benefit the community?
Public service and outreach enriches your learning experience, while developing your capability to engage and address issues in your greater community.
What are your plans following graduation?
After graduation I plan on pursuing a career in emergency management or national security.
What are your interests and hobbies outside of school?
I love to run! I ran my first marathon last year. I’m also huge blues and rock fan, and I play guitar.
Please list any outside-UGA community service activities you are involved in.
I volunteer at emergency preparedness drills throughout the state of Georgia that train people to respond to disasters ranging from tornadoes to Ebola. I am also an intern for the Atlanta Red Cross.
What is your favorite spot in Athens, at UGA or in Georgia? Why?
I love exploring the trails at the Botanical Garden and by Lake Herrick. They’re great for running or hiking.
What motivates you or inspires you in life?
My family and friends. I like to surround myself with motivated people who are passionate about what they do. Enthusiasm is infectious.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Don’t always try to muddle through by yourself—know when to ask for help. People will surprise you with how willing they are to support or collaborate with you.
Applications due March 30, 2018.