Before Ansley formally became Gee’s mentor through the UGA Mentor Program, the two first bonded over their shared experiences at Dinner with a Dozen Dawgs, an intimate networking event organized by the UGA Alumni Association. Their relationship strengthened as Ansley’s involvement on the Black Alumni Leadership Council frequently brought her to campus. Today, Gee and Ansley communicate weekly, discussing everything from how to prepare for a chemistry final to what to wear to a networking event.
“Through Ansley, I’ve learned that I can’t compare myself to others. That’s the thief of joy,” said Gee. “Ansley reminds me that I’m at UGA for a reason. This motivates me to keep pushing, to focus on what I want to do. It helps knowing she’s rooting for me.”
With Ansley as her mentor, Gee has found a model of success for black women in STEM. Ansley’s steadfast support boosts Gee’s confidence when she needs it most. She’s learned that setbacks are not failures and that hard tasks are not impossible. Now, Gee is committed to enacting real, positive change in health care equality.
“I thought I had it together, but Gee is the student I wish I could have been as an undergraduate,” said Ansley. “She has such a bright future. She’s so determined, so passionate. I know she has the tenacity to overcome any obstacles.”