In 2018, a UGA Experiential Learning Scholarship allowed Natalie to practice her passion for helping others abroad. The scholarship—with additional scholarship support from FACS—funded a four-week service-learning trip to Ghana. Natalie traveled throughout the country with a cohort of Bulldogs, conducting health screenings and assisting at hospitals. She managed the student volunteers and evaluated the group’s effectiveness. Getting to shadow local health care professionals proved invaluable.
“The trip broke down a lot of stereotypes that we had about developing countries,” said Natalie. “Before we arrived, we wrote down what we thought we’d encounter in Ghana. And it was nothing like that.”
Natalie’s trip to Ghana taught her how to successfully work with people from different cultures. This is one of the many skills she’s gained outside the classroom through hands-on, experiential learning activities. She’s also improved her writing and learned what it takes to be an effective leader.
Natalie graduated in May 2019 and will now pursue a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UGA’s School of Social Work.
“I feel like UGA has prepared me for any goal that I could possibly set for myself,” said Natalie. “Earning my master’s is another step forward to becoming an executive director of my own nonprofit.”