Porshaye Watkins

Bachelor of Science in biology, cell biology and biotechnology, 2017Porshaye Watkins

Describe what you hope to do once you've earned your graduate degree and how GGC may have played a role to prepare you for success in your graduate program.
The awesome biology and chemistry professors that I had at GGC were absolutely wonderful. The basic scientific principles that I learned during my undergraduate studies continue to resurface in my current studies as a medical student, and it is without a doubt that my educational experience at GGC helped to mold me into the student I am today – and will be as a physician. I will never forget when one of my professors at GGC asked me during my freshman year, “Are you going to school to work or working to go to school?” The latter of the two is what I responded. Three years later, I graduated as a first-generation college graduate.

Has your life changed since graduation, and if so, how has earning a degree contributed to that change?
I've developed lifelong relationships with what have become my closest friends since graduating from GGC. My bachelor’s degree has allowed me to pursue my dream to become a physician and provided me the ability to mentor pre-med students from underrepresented communities.

Why do you give back to GGC through donations and volunteering your time?
I give back through donations and volunteering my time because that was not something that I had while pursuing my studies. If I could be of any assistance to help lift the heavy burden of financial support or simply answer questions from others that are on the path to their own success – it’s very rewarding to me.