"I transferred into the Botany Department as a sophomore and found the professors, staff, and students extremely welcoming and helpful. I graduated with my B.S. in Plant Biology in 2009, but I look back fondly on the three years I spent in the program and the opportunities it gave me.
The other botany undergraduates and I quickly became good friends and participated in several activities through the Botany Club. Several of the classes I took helped greatly in securing an internship with the National Park Service for a summer, and I was given the chance to work in a lab and aid in real research projects.
Currently I am pursuing an M.S. degree in Geography at the University of Georgia. My thesis explores the relationship between past climate changes and cultural development and decline of the Maya in Belize. Through field work in Belize, I collected stalagmites from caves that preserve climate records over thousands of years and will analyze them to create a climate history. While my focus has shifted since my undergrad career, the academic mindset and culture of the Botany department well-prepared me for my graduate studies."