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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Almaalma

Class: Senior
Major: Business administration, international business concentration
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.
High school: Brookwood High School
Campus involvement: Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), Honors Program, Annual GGC Fall Musical at the Aurora Theatre, National Society of Leadership and Success, Relay for Life
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Starbucks
Favorite thing about GGC: Having a sense of community by having small class sizes
One piece of advice for new students: Get involved as early in your college career as possible, preferably as a freshman. Your college experience will truly make a difference, and you will make unforgettable friends!

ArynAryn

Class: Freshman
Major: History, teacher certification track
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High school: Parkview High School
Campus involvement: I am a part of the Honors Program, GGC Wesley and am a student ambassador.
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Library
Favorite thing about GGC: I love the classroom sizes and the passion the professors have for their discipline. The campus is beautiful and there is so much to do.
One piece of advice for new students: The biggest piece of advice I would give a new student is to get involved. For the best college experience, it is a good idea to join clubs, go to activities the school hosts, and just get involved in general. This is the best way to meet new people and productively fill some free time.


CarolineCaroline

Class: Junior
Major: Information technology, systems and security concentration, minor in mathematics
Hometown: Loganville, Ga.
High school: Loganville Christian Academy
Campus involvement: GGC Wesley, Women in Technology (WIT@GGC), student ambassador
Favorite hangout spot on campus: I love hanging out in the new collaborative study spaces in Building W! It’s a quiet and comfortable space for me to focus on my studies.
Favorite thing about GGC: Excellent, engaging, caring professors, a sense of close community around campus, it’s close to home, and it’s affordable!
One piece of advice for new students: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. I started at GGC with a concrete plan to become a nurse, but branched out and fell in love with all things information technology.

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CatherineCatherine

Class: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.
High school: Christ the King Catholic High School
Campus involvement: Student Integrity Committee board member
Favorite hangout spot on campus: The library or the Building A food court
Favorite thing about GGC: It’s a highly diverse student community and the class size with fewer students is the best part of being a Grizzly.
One piece of advice for new students: Always ask for help from professors or the person sitting next to you. (Don’t be too shy to ask.) Most importantly, build your network; keep meaningful relationships with professors or your classmates while at GGC.


ColinColin

Class: Sophomore
Major: Criminal justice/criminology
Hometown: Port Deposit, Md.
High school: Choice Educational Academy (formerly TNT Academy)
Campus involvement: Honors Program, Criminal Justice Club, Percussion Club, National Society of Leadership and Success
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Honors Lounge
Favorite thing about GGC: The small class sizes allow for a lot of one-on-one interaction with professors.
One piece of advice for new students: Always do the required reading.


DarleneDarlene

Class: Senior
Major: Psychology with biology minor
Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
High school: Dacula High School
Campus involvement: Honors Program, vice president for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native American in Science (SACNAS) and Psi Chi
Favorite hangout spot on campus: I love going to the library to study because it’s so spacious and quiet.
Favorite thing about GGC: Nothing is better than being able to build relationships with your classmates and the professor. It makes for an engaging/interactive classroom setting.
One piece of advice for new students: I would say… don’t stress it. College can seem intimidating at first, but I’ve learned that it’s important to explore campus and get involved, and don’t be shy to make friends.


EmmalineEmmaline

Class: Junior
Major: Biology, biochemistry concentration with a minor in criminal justice/criminology
Hometown: Dacula, Ga.
High school: Home schooled
Campus involvement: Student ambassador
Favorite hangout spot on campus: My favorite place to study is the second floor of the library. That is my go-to place when studying with friends or doing homework. I also really like the game room. My best friend and I love playing air hockey, and it is fun to stop by and play a couple games between classes.
Favorite thing about GGC: I love the community that GGC has created. No matter where you are on campus, you are always surrounded by people. It is easy to make friends and get involved. There’s always something interesting going on around campus, so there is never a boring day!
One piece of advice for new students: One piece of advice I would give to new students is make friends with everyone you meet. Also, become friends with your professors and your mentor. Be outgoing, kind, and smile and/or give high fives to everyone you pass. And remember, your professors are here to help you succeed during your time at college.


FabiolaFabiola

Class: Senior
Major: Exercise science, clinical concentration
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
High school: Duluth High School
Campus involvement: Member of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), Bridging Exercise and Real Science (BEARS), and Kappa Omicron Nu Human Sciences Honor Society
Favorite hangout spot on campus: The gym and library
Favorite thing about GGC: The diversity among students and staff
One piece of advice for new students: Take care of yourself. College can get stressful at times, but it’s important to take some time to take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. Go to the gym on campus, eat lunch with friends at the dining hall, sign up to go white water rafting with Outdoor Adventures, join a club, volunteer at the school garden, etc.


FarzanaFarzana

Class: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Bangladesh
High school: Scholastica International School (Bangladesh)
Campus involvement: Honors Program, Student Government Association, International Student Association, Research in Organic Chemistry, resident assistant, orientation coordinator, peer supplemental instructor (PSI)
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Building A, Den
Favorite thing about GGC: I have met people from over 50 countries here at GGC.
One piece of advice for new students: Moderation is the key to enjoying college life. Don’t overdo anything because you might regret it later.


FebechiFebechi

Class: Senior
Major: Biology, biochemistry concentration
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High school: Parkview High School
Campus involvement: Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, American Chemical Society, SCRUBS
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Library
Favorite thing about GGC: The low student-to-professor ratio
One piece of advice for new students: Do your assignments as soon as they are assigned, and don’t be afraid to ask for help from your professors.


Janaki "Kiki"Janaki (Kiki)

Class: Senior
Major: Biology, biochemistry concentration
Hometown: Grayson, Ga.
High school: Grayson High School
Campus involvement: Four Pillars Society, Helping Hands Outreach Health Clinic volunteer, Honors Program, STEC 4500 research, student ambassador, Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society, Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society
Favorite hangout spot on campus: The quiet area on the third floor of the library. It has such a beautiful view and calming ambience that I can get a lot of studying done and be productive.
Favorite thing about GGC: The opportunities to network! I’ve gone on luncheons with the governor, state legislative dinners with various mayors/senators, Washington D.C. for the Model United Nations program, and a Georgia Republican Party event in Atlanta. Various Honors Program students were even able to meet former President Bill Clinton. I’ve been offered business cards at events with potential employers. 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, gage your classes and begin studying from day one, even if exams are 3 weeks away. If you wait until the last minute, you’ll forget everything from the start, and it’ll take twice as long to study and understand the concepts. If you study earlier and along the way, chances are you’ll most likely retain the information longer and feel more confident with your answers on the exams.

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Joshua “Mart”Joshua “Mart”

Class: Sophomore
Major: Information technology, digital media
Hometown: Leicester, Mass.
High school: Leicester High School
Campus involvement: The Grizzly Game Development Club
Favorite hangout spot on campus: The third floor of the Student Center
Favorite thing about GGC: GGC is a place where you can develop yourself as a leader.
One piece of advice for new students: Get involved!


JoshualyneJoshualyne

Class: Sophomore
Major: Business administration, accounting
Hometown: Monrovia, Liberia
High school: Saint Teresa Convent Catholic High School
Campus involvement: Senator of Business Student Government Association, student worker in Admissions One Stop Shop
Favorite hangout spot on campus: The water fountain behind the Student Center
Favorite thing about GGC: That it is growing tremendously and I am a part of it
One piece of advice for new students: School is not all about the notes and grades. Take time to make new connections/ friends. The best part of college is learning how to balance life and school. Get involved, make excellent grades and have fun!


KamariaKamaria

Class: Junior
Major: Political science, legal studies with a minor in criminal justice
Hometown: New Brunswick, N.J.
High school: McIntosh High School
Campus involvement: Criminal Justice Club, Black Student Union (BSU)
Favorite hangout spot on campus: The library or Health and Sciences building, where I love to study in the pockets off to the side.
Favorite thing about GGC: Small classroom size
One piece of advice for new students: Network with the people that you meet. And have fun. College is going to be stressful and hard, but it will pay off when you walk down the stage in your cap and gown.

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KarimaKarima

Class: Junior
Major: Biology, biochemistry concentration
Hometown: Lilburn, Ga.
High school: Brookwood High School
Campus involvement: Founding president of X-Pression: Student Dance Association, public relations for The Muslims’ Student Association for two years, and Grizzly orientation leader
Favorite hangout spot on campus: The Lawn
Favorite thing about GGC: My favorite thing about GGC is the diversity on this campus and how accepting a lot of the students are of each other because of it.
One piece of advice for new students: Take advantage of what this campus has to offer. Go to the events, network with students and staff, and make the most out of your time here. It really pays off in the long run – and meeting new people is always great!


KathyKathy

Class: Senior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Irapuato, Guanajuato
High school: Norcross High School
Campus involvement: Psychology Club
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Library
Favorite thing about GGC: Classroom size: it gives a great advantage and allows me to meet all my classmates and professors a lot better.
One piece of advice for new students: Get involved. GGC is a great school, and you will have a lot more fun by joining a club. Take advantage of the internship opportunities, as well.


KellyKelly

Class: Junior
Major: Elementary education
Hometown: Snellville, Ga.
High school: South Gwinnett High School
Campus involvement: Work: Grizzly orientation assistant
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Third floor of the Library
Favorite thing about GGC: The Community. Working at GGC, I bump into so many people I know just walking through the campus. I know my professors are there to help me, as well as my peers.
One piece of advice for new students: Have some fun in your free time! There are so many events going on around campus, as well as clubs. Find something that interests you, and you are guaranteed to find some life-long friends.

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LindseyLindsey

Class: Sophomore
Major: Information technology, digital media concentration
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
High school: Stephenson High School
Campus involvement: National Society of Leadership and Success, Women in Technology (WIT)
Favorite hangout spot on campus: My favorite hangout spot on campus is the library because it’s always quiet and the second floor has a great view of campus.
Favorite thing about GGC: My favorite thing about GGC is the unlimited study spaces around campus where you can hide out and study.
One piece of advice for new students: My advice to a new student would be to get involved on campus as much as possible and take advantage of the many opportunities and services that GGC has to offer because they are going to be extremely beneficial to you as a new student in the long run.

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LuisLuis

Class: Sophomore
Major: Cinema and media arts production
Hometown: Duluth, Ga.
High school: Duluth High School
Campus involvement: Director of members of Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS)
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.

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MakaylaMakayla

Class: Senior
Major: Biology, biochemistry concentration
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
High school: Mill Creek High School
Campus involvement: Honors Program Leadership and Advisory Board (LAB) representative, president of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society
Favorite hangout spot on campus: GGC lawn chairs on sunny days because the vibes are very relaxing.
Favorite thing about GGC: Everyone here eventually becomes like family.
One piece of advice for new students: Step out of your comfort zone, be you, and don’t forget to do what makes you happy.

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MariamMariam

Class: Junior
Major: Biology, biochemistry concentration
Hometown: Atlanta
High school: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, & Technology (GSMST)
Campus involvement: National Society of Leadership and Success; The Globe: student journalist, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) general member.
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Building W study space
Favorite thing about GGC: Small classroom sizes, small campus, and big opportunities.
One piece of advice for new students: College is what YOU make of it for yourself, exhaust all resources wisely.


MatthewMatthew

Class: Junior
Major: Cinema and media arts production
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Ga.
High school: Norcross High School
Campus involvement: Greenlight Activities Board marketing chair, Level One Game Room employee
Favorite hangout spot on campus: Student Center
Favorite thing about GGC: Small class sizes
One piece of advice for new students: Don’t let skipping class be a habit.


NikaNika

Class: Junior
Major: Human development aging services
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High school: Rockdale County High School
Campus involvement: Four Pillars Society, student ambassador, resident assistant, founder/president of Students Helping Students (RSO)
Favorite hangout spot on campus: A window seat in the library, seating area by fireplace and student housing courtyard.
Favorite thing about GGC: Faculty and staff are really all about the students and care about us succeeding and bettering ourselves.
One piece of advice for new students: Get involved, network and make connections. It is not about what you know but who you know. Also take advantage of all the opportunities given to you. This is a growing campus, anything is up for grabs.

 

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