Georgia Gwinnett College's student ambassadors are optimistic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and often the first interaction our guests have with the College. As the true faces of GGC, they offer unique views and serve to welcome future Grizzlies into our campus community.

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ArynAryn selfie in front of the GGC fountain

Class: Sophomore
Major: History, world history concentration
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High school: Parkview High School

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, GGC Wesley, Honors Program

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My favorite place to hang out and study is behind the Student Center near the fountain. It’s typically a quiet place to reflect, study or hang out with friends. I also love being outside in a nature, and being by the fountain helps satisfy that desire to be outside.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about GGC are the professors. They all care about me as a student and want to see me succeed. They are willing to answer questions during class or meet with me outside of class. The professors get to know me as a person in their class and will work with me to be successful.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
My number one piece of advice for new students is to get involved, especially for commuters. There is so much to do on and around campus that there really is no excuse to be bored or lacking in the friends department. The best way to meet new people is to go to the events or join a club. There are so many to choose from that there is bound to be something you are interested in.


CarolineCaroline poses on Building B's balcony with a great view of the campus lawn and library in the background.

Class: Junior
Major: Information technology, systems and security concentration
Hometown: Loganville, Ga.
High school: Loganville Christian Academy

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, member of Women in Technology (WIT), leader for GGC Wesley

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My favorite hangout spot on campus is the library! I love going to the second floor and finding a spot to sit and work on everything. I also love the third floor quiet reading room. The library is such a beautiful building with great comfortable places to sit. Whether you’re hanging out, studying, doing homework or even sleeping, there’s a place for you.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about GGC is the professors. After three years and lots of classes, I can attest that GGC professors are just different. In a good way, of course! They strive to see you succeed in every area. They go above and beyond to make sure you achieve your goals. I have found that if you show your professors you’re there to put in hard work, they will do whatever it takes to help you succeed.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Have fun and study hard. GGC has so many great options to get involved. So, do it. You will not regret it. And make those study groups! In every class find a group of likeminded classmates and get to work.

Read more from Caroline.

ColinColin poses in front of the Grizzly statue with the Student Center in the background.

Class: Junior
Major: Criminal justice/criminology
Hometown: Bethlehem, Ga.
High school: Choice Educational Academy (formerly TNT Academy)

Campus Involvement
Student ambassador, Criminal Justice Club vice president, Alpha Phi Sigma the National Criminal Justice Honors Society chapter president, Grizzly Percussion vice president, National Society of Leadership and Success member, Golden Key International Honour Society member, Honors Program member, Honors Program Retreats and Events Committee co-head, Honors Program Leadership Council representative, Honors Program student assistant

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
I enjoy spending my free time in the Honors lounge. I know many of the members of the program, so I can easily socialize if I want to. However, I can also sit down in a quiet room away from the hustle and bustle and get a lot of work done if I need to.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about GGC is the professors. In my time here, I haven’t had a single professor who wasn’t willing to take some time out of their day to help a student. Professors who I had a single class with over a year ago still know me and call me by name in the hallways. The professors here don’t just know what they are talking about, they actually care about the education and well-being of the students.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Become involved on campus, but don’t overstretch yourself. There are a lot of amazing opportunities here on campus, but there is only so much time in the day to take advantage of them. Figure out how to balance your life here; it will help you in the years to come.


EduardoEduardo

Class: Junior
Major: Human development and aging services, criminal justice/criminology minor
Hometown: Germantown, Md.
High school: Richard Montgomery High School

Campus Involvement
Student ambassador, Sociology and Human Development Club

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My favorite spot is the library because there is a lot of space to study and relax, and Starbucks is right there, too.

Favorite Thing about GGC
There are many things that I like about GGC. One of my favorites is that we have a lot resources if we need help, for example online tutoring, and if we are on campus, we can walk to the Academic Enhancement Center, plus the Career Development and Advising Center.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
A piece of advice I can give new students is to never give up. Classes can be hard, but work harder, find help and you will succeed.


EuniceEunice stands just outside of the Admissions building.

Class: Junior
Major: Exercise science, wellness promotion concentration
Hometown: Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of Congo
High school: Phoenix High School

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Mandatory Fee Committee, International Student Association (ISA), Federal Work-Study student for GGC Financial Aid

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My Favorite hangout spot on campus would have to be the Student Center (Building E). This is my go-to place where I can get work done for academics and clubs, socialize with friends, and especially eat at the buffet-style dining hall.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about GGC is its diversity. No one is the same. Being here at GGC for three years, I have learned to appreciate all the different cultures around. It has helped me understand my peers more.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
My advice to new students is to take their academics seriously, so that they can use their knowledge to better serve others.


FebechiFebechi at a science event

Class: Senior
Major: Biology, biochemistry concentration
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High school: Parkview High School

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
I enjoy the Library because it a peaceful place to relax and get your thoughts together.

Favorite Thing about GGC
Small class sizes allow me to ask more questions and get a better grasp on the topics I am learning.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Try to attend some of the events on campus. They are a great way to meet new people and make friends.


HarrietHarriet poses for a selfie in a library study room.

Class: Senior
Major: Human development and aging services (HDAS)
Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
High school: Pebblebrook High School

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, Student Government Association (SGA) vice president, Golden Key International Honours Society secretary, Honors Program, National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), resident assistant, Kaufman Library student assistant

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My favorite place to hang out is the Student Center (Building E). The Student Center is the place to socialize with friends and also meet new people every day. It is the social hub for students to go to relax and socialize.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about GGC is its small class sizes and how supportive the professors are.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Utilize the tools here on campus to help you in your academic success. Getting involved with clubs and organization is a very important step in your college life journey. Getting involved will expand your personal skills and create connections to the real world after college.

Read more from Harriet.

Janaki "Kiki"Kiki proudly presents results from her research at a science event.

Class: Senior
Major: Biology, chemistry minor
Hometown: Grayson, Ga.
High school: Grayson High School

Campus Involvement 
Four Pillars Society, Honors Program, student ambassador, Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My spot is the quiet area on the third floor of the library. It has such a beautiful view and calming ambience that I get a lot of studying done and stay productive.

Favorite Thing about GGC
The opportunities to network is a favorite. I’ve gone on luncheons with the Governor, state legislative dinners with various mayors and senators, Washington D.C. for a Model United Nations program, and a GOP event in Atlanta. Various Honors Program students were even able to meet former President Bill Clinton. I have been offered business cards at these events with potential employers. I also attended an ACS event with the Georgia Chapter and connected with other chemists. There are so many opportunities in store at GGC and numerous ways to connect and develop a well-established resume for my future.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
The most challenging aspect of college for me was determining how to study effectively for my classes. Honestly, gauge your classes and begin studying from day one, even if exams are three weeks away. If you wait until the last minute, you will most likely forget everything from the start, and it will take twice as long to study and understand the concepts. If you study earlier and along the way, chances are you will most likely retain the information longer and feel more confident with your answers on the exams.

Read more from Kiki.


JenniferJennifer studies in one of the library's study rooms.

Class: Junior
Major: Biology, general biology concentration
Hometown: Ghana, West Africa
High school: Our Lady of Apostles Senior High School

Campus Involvement 
Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, National Society of Leadership and Success, student ambassador

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
I love hanging out at the library in between and after classes. The back of the first floor has a range of couches and a beautiful scenery, and I usually sit there to relax and watch music videos. Most times, I reserve a room for group studies with friends or just to get a majority of my school work done.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about GGC is the small class sizes. This gives students the opportunity to build a good relationship with professors. My microbiology professor, Dr. Cottrell-Yongye, greets me by name and reaches out if I don’t do well on a test or quiz. Also, GGC provides a lot of opportunities outside of the classroom to get involved and just have fun through clubs, campus events, outdoor adventures and study abroad.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Always remember to reach out and ask for help when you need to, either from professors or peers. Initially, college can seem stressful and overwhelming, but don’t give up. With time you will develop and find your niche. During free time, attend campus events and take advantage of the opportunities this college has to offer.


JenniferJennifer on the lawn in front of the library

Class: Senior
Major: Chemistry, general chemistry concentration
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
High school: Duluth High School

Campus Involvement 
Honors Program, student ambassador

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My cherished hangout spot is the chairs on the campus lawn. It’s the perfect location for any day of the year, unless it’s raining. I can truly feel the liveliness of our community and how much it has grown.

Favorite Thing about GGC
The professor-to-student ratio enables the professors to become much more attentive, supportive and caring for students. I feel that Georgia Gwinnett College sincerely wants me to succeed.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
View the opportunities at Georgia Gwinnett College as your asset, and take advantage of the chances to network, make new experiences and get involved with the community.


Joshua "Mart"Joshua “Mart”

Class: Junior
Major: Information technology, digital media
Hometown: Leicester, Mass.
High school: Leicester High School

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, GGC Microfarm volunteer, Grizzly Game Development Club president

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
The Digital Media Lab is probably my favorite spot just because of all the cool technology like 3D printers and VR headsets.

Favorite Thing about GGC
GGC provides many opportunities to invest in yourself and your future.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Get involved! The best thing a new student can do, in my opinion, is get involved in groups on campus that interest you. It’s a great way to meet new people and to learn more about what you’re interested in.


KizzieStudent Ambassador Kizzie

Class: Senior
Major: Psychology, developmental/educational
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
High school: Encinal High School

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, Black Student Union, Psychology Club

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My most frequent hangout has been the Kaufman Library. But my new favorite hangout is the patio of the dining hall because it is quiet most of the time and provides beautiful peaceful scenery.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about GGC is the relationships that are possible with my professors. This has been important because it has provided me guidance to understanding what my life will look like when I graduate. It has also been helpful because there are times that I struggled horribly, and my professors are who helped me to win.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Ask questions and utilize all resources given. They are setting you up to win!


LaurieStudent Ambassador Laurie

Class: Senior
Major: Business administration, supply chain management concentration
Hometown: Buford, Ga.

Campus Involvement 
Association of Latino Professional for America (ALPFA) member, School of Business Torch Team member, student ambassador

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My favorite spot to hang out is in Building A, either The Den or an empty classroom. I get so much school work done while I’m on campus; it’s a great place for me to focus.

Favorite Thing about GGC
The countless opportunities that are offered is my favorite thing about GGC.  I’ve volunteered at Junior Achievement, attended numerous speaker series, been invited and spoken about my degree concentration (supply chain management) in other business classes, attended lunch and learns, and went on a field trip to Savannah for 4 days.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Manage your time efficiently and effectively to get the most done. I use an app called Power Planner. I not only put due dates and test dates in it, I also assign time to read chapters, research projects, attend club meetings, etc. Basically, my life is scheduled in this app, so I don’t miss any deadlines, and I can see when I’m free to meet friends to do something fun.

Read more from Laurie.

LuisLuis in front the GGC's signature building (Building B)

Class: Junior
Major: Cinema and media arts production
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
High school: Duluth High School

Campus Involvement 
Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) president, student ambassador

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My favorite place at GGC would have to be the lawn. The lawn is a perfect place to relax and catch some sun before or after class. I usually like to go there in the morning and just watch the sunrise and hang out with friends.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about GGC is the level of communication available between the students and faculty – how it is easy to always be in contact with someone, and the feeling you get knowing that you always have people who you can reach out to for help.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Don’t be shy. Ask for help. Get involved. Starting college is a brand-new start, and you don’t have to be who you were in high school. Open up, and you will see that your time here will be more enjoyable. There are so many things you can do here in college; you just have to be willing to look.

Read more from Luis.


MatthewMatthew

Class: Junior
Major: Cinema and media arts production
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
High school: Norcross High School

Campus Involvement 
Greenlight Activities Board executive member, Level One Game Room staff, student ambassador

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
The Student Center is my favorite because I am literally there every day whether it’s work, Greenlight related, or any events.

Favorite Thing about GGC
I like the small class sizes because you can easily have a good reputation with the professor, and they know you by name.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Do not let skipping class be a habit.


NikaNika

Class: Senior
Major: Human development aging services
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High school: Rockdale County High School

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, resident assistant, Four Pillar Society member

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My favorite hangouts are window seats in the library, outdoor seating area by the fireplace and the student housing courtyard.

Favorite Thing about GGC
Faculty and staff are really all about student success and bettering the lives of me and other students.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
Get involved, network and make connections. Also, take advantage of all opportunities given to you. This campus is still growing; you can make it what you want.


RaquelRaquel poses on Building B's balcony overlooking the campus lawn and Student Center.

Class: Sophomore
Major: Human development and aging services
Hometown: New Brunswick, N.J.
High school: Berkmar High School

Campus Involvement 
Student ambassador, Honors Program member

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
Having a comfortable place to hang out on campus adds benefit overall to my experience as a student. My favorite place to go is anywhere in Building B. That building has essentials such as printing, food and comfortable places to study. There is also a calmer atmosphere in Building B and less traffic. Personally, I find that I am much more productive on campus compared to other places.

Favorite Thing about GGC
The extensive resources available to students, hands down, would have to be my favorite thing about GGC. Georgia Gwinnett College is full of people of all different backgrounds and ages, but they have created a support system that meets all students where they are. These resources are centered on getting to graduation, cultivating the essentials for success after graduation and everything in between. This is my favorite thing about GGC because I have seen a distinct growth in my development since utilizing these resources, and I am eager to see what the finished product will be.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
I strongly advise new students to be intentional about not limiting the levels of growth they can experience during their time at GGC. Whether it be studying abroad for the summer, learning how to rock climb with Outdoor Adventures or even polishing your resume to perfection at the Career Development and Advising Center. Intentionally be open to new experiences and goals. No matter what stage of life you are in, there is always room for growth.


RussellRussell posing in Building B and showing off some of the architecture.

Class: Senior
Major: Chemistry, professional chemistry concentration
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
High school: Brookwood High School

Campus Involvement 
Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society secretary, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students member, Voices for Animals secretary, Student Government Association (SGA) School of Science and Technology senator, student ambassador

Favorite Hangout Spot on Campus
My favorite place to hang out is on the second floor of Building B. I like the spaces for individuals to do their own work, chill or study. I am an introvert, so I am in love with my alone time, although I am psyched to tour as a student ambassador.

Favorite Thing about GGC
My favorite thing about Georgia Gwinnett College is how personable all the faculty and staff are. I can easily connect with everyone because everyone is willing to speak to the me and give advice or suggestions. When faculty and staff don’t have the answers, they redirect you to someone who does. Faculty and staff really do care about students at Georgia Gwinnett College.

One Piece of Advice for New Students
My piece of advice is to get involved. Academics are an amazing thing at Georgia Gwinnett College, but I take a lot of pride in being an officer and member of many organizations and programs at this school. This is the first and only school I have done extracurriculars, and it is not the first school I have been to. There are many ways to get involved with the school, but the relationships you build with your peers have to be one of the greatest experiences at Georgia Gwinnett College.

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