Sam Tingle ’19 will graduate from UGA with two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree in geography. When he arrived at UGA in 2014, though, his path lay uncharted.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do,” said Sam. “I tried different classes, considered a bunch of different clubs, and met with professors. I’m not sure I could have gotten the academic freedom at another school to test, discover and analyze my options for what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
The recipient of UGA’s prestigious Foundation Fellowship, Sam first explored the hard sciences and the world of research. Not quite satisfied, he corrected course and looked into advertising. Finally, he discovered two fields that fit his interests: geography and disaster management.
The discovery came after his travels to Indonesia, Vietnam, Oxford, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Greece (funded by his Foundation Fellowship), and through his diverse UGA courses. He had serious discussions with professors, and interned with organizations that serve the globe through a variety of disaster management and development initiatives: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the UN Development Programme.