Student Stories

OMAR MARTINEZ-URIBE

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Fayetteville, Georgia

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Arts and Sciences

Major

Biology

Why did you choose to attend UGA?
I chose to attend the University of Georgia because I love Athens. I grew up in Athens because my father works as a professor in Plant pathology. When I was applying, there was no other school I wanted to attend. The school is known both nationally and internationally. On top of the great academics there, is always something to do socially. The football games are an amazing experience, and if I want peace and quiet, I can still find places around campus to have that.
What is your most memorable UGA experience or memory?
I am a huge Georgia Football fan, so my most memorable experience was one of the football games. I had recently fractured my left foot, but I couldn’t miss a game. I took my crutches and crutched my way to Sanford Stadium. Once we had soundly defeated our opponents I began the long trek up back to East Campus. Luckily a nice gentleman picked me up and dropped me off at my car. This moment was meaningful because even through all the pain Georgia football still brought a smile to my face, and also because it showed how close of a community the Georgia bulldogs have.
What is your favorite campus setting and why?
My favorite campus setting is in my research lab in Coverdell around the fall. The area around Coverdell is beautiful when the leaves start to change. The big windows in the lab can make you stop and enjoy the view. It is also a place where not many students are around, so you can definitely find a quiet place to relax.
What student organizations are you involved in?
I am in several organizations. I have been a member of the Franklin Ambassadors for two years, a part of MEDLIFE for three years, a Research Scholar for LSAMP, and I am now Vice President of Council Relations for the Student Academic Honesty Council. In addition to these organizations that I am currently a member of, I was once a member of the Biological and Life Sciences Organization and the Thomas Lay Afterschool Program.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I plan to work at a level one-trauma center as an attending physician in the field of Cardiology.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself as a first year resident somewhere in the southeast.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
The difference I want to make in this world is in the health of others. I want to be able to make a difference in communities where medical advancements are harder to come by. With my education, I want to be able to speak with public officials about people in Georgia counties that are living with a limited number of doctors.
What message would you like to send to alumni and friends who support UGA financially?
I want to thank you so much for your commitment. I would be unable to be here if it wasn’t for your support and dedication. It means so much to me to be able to attend a university where I have so many opportunities.
Names of scholarship awards you have received?
I received the Univision Scholarship for Minority Students. I also am a recipient of the Zell Miller Scholarship. I recently was awarded the Research Scholar Scholarship from LSAMP as well.
What has your scholarship meant or enabled you to do?
Without these scholarships I would have had to take out many loans to attend this university. My family would have struggled to provide the same opportunities I have been afforded.