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SHELBY HOLSOMBACK

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Marietta, GA

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Agricultural Engineering

Why did you choose to attend UGA?
I chose to attend UGA because of the overall atmosphere and the outstanding academics that it has to offer. Athens is the definition of a college town. You cannot pass through the city or the university's campus and not feel the overwhelming sense of pride that everyone takes in this school. It was important to me to be a part of a legacy. Attending the University of Georgia is something that you will have with you forever and will proudly share with everyone. After my first day of orientation I knew this was the school for me.
What is your most memorable UGA experience or memory?
My most memorable experience so far was the first game I ever attended in Sanford Stadium. It was such an incredible feeling being in the middle of something so powerful. Every student in the stands is a die hard Georgia fan who gets emotional watching the pre-game hype videos, gives it everything they've got to cheer the entire game, and is genuinely proud of everything those men on the field do. I had never knew that a sporting event could be so moving. After your first game as a UGA student, you can't help but be a die hard fan yourself.
What is your favorite campus setting and why?
My favorite spot on campus is the courtyard across from the Forestry building. It is a large, grassy area with a few trees and several benches surrounding the area. I love to sit in the courtyard in between classes to take a break and wind down. It is an excellent place to observe how beautiful our campus is and it is always quiet and calm. Sometimes I even go to that spot on the weekends when there is no one walking around. It is such a nice place to soak it all in, relax, and just get away from the chaos around you.
What student organizations are you involved in?
I am currently a Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering. I am also the current president of the Society of Women Engineers. These two organizations are where I am the most active. Over the last four years I have also been involved in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Rotoract, Miracle, and Heroes.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I currently co-op with Georgia Power Company. I plan to graduate and obtain a full time position with them as a Distribution Area Engineer. Throughout my career I hope to progress within the company to one day be a general manager.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I plan to have obtained my degree in Agricultural Engineering, as well as a masters in Business Administration. I also hope to have obtained my Professional Engineering license. In my career I hope that I will have completed about three successful years as an area engineer and will have started the process of becoming an engineering supervisor.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I hope to have an impact on the world in several different ways. I hope that my community service time served so far with organizations like the American Red Cross Association and the Salvation Army have helped to save a life and a family. I truly believe that every small thing does make a difference. I plan to continue my volunteer work even after graduating from UGA. I also hope to have an impact on power generation and distribution. As a part of Georgia Power I hope to one day use my knowledge and education to help invent equipment to change our power grid for the better. Technology is always evolving and I hope that I can have a hand in helping my company continue to advance with it so that we can better serve our customers and our environment.
What message would you like to send to alumni and friends who support UGA financially?
I would just like to say thank you so much for your support and for your pride in the university. We know that you would not support something if you did not believe it was truly changing lives and helping to better future generations. Without your support and donations UGA would not be the successful university that it is today.
Names of scholarship awards you have received?
John and Lena Rowan Cooperative Education Scholarship. James M. Allison, Sr. Scholarship
What has your scholarship meant or enabled you to do?
Receiving these scholarships has allowed me to continue my time as a full time student without having to obtain a part time job just to be able to attend school. I truly believe that by this financial assistance allowing me to remain focused solely on my education I have been able to excel far more than if I was having to work to make ends meet and have the financial burden looming over my head while trying to concentrate on my studies. Receiving these scholarships has improved my academic experience and I will always be grateful that I received them.