Mallory’s well-rounded UGA experience strengthens her research because she has been introduced to different perspectives and disciplines. During a creative writing class, she developed a fictional story based on her research about a zombie pandemic.
“By imagining a zombie bird flu, I had to frame why [my research] is important and what the consequences of not having that information could be,” Mallory said.
This semester, Mallory is studying in Montevideo, Uruguay, where all of her classes are taught in Spanish. She hopes to improve her Spanish so she can collaborate with international scholars in the future. She also seeks to better understand Uruguayan culture.
“Something I learned in my creative writing class is the importance of understanding culture,” Mallory said. “It’s important to be able to communicate with local communities, not as an ivory tower scientist, but as someone who wants to improve public health.”