Ben is from Chatsworth, a rural town in North Georgia. Transitioning from a small town to a large university like UGA, he encountered new people and experiences. The diversity of UGA’s campus gave him the opportunity to not only learn about chemistry, but also about himself.
As a student, Ben participated in intramural sports, including softball and tennis, and worked as a lab assistant. Through his involvement in sports and academics, Ben forged lasting friendships and discovered the value of branching out from his comfort zone. These relationships and learning opportunities provided him with the tools he needed to tackle his next goals after graduation.
“My overall UGA experience gave me confidence in myself and prepared me for a career in the real world,” Ben said.
In his career, Ben uses his chemistry degree every day, but he believes that a UGA education is about more than just a degree—it is the culmination of the entire UGA experience.
“The degree that you earn is ultimately what you will be the most proud of, but the memories that you take away [from UGA] come from the experiences you have,” Ben said.
-written by Ryan Clark ’18