December 5, 2013

Videos produced by Graham Nguyen and Jessica R. Pope

Fall 2013 Graduates Share Their Stories

Greg Jackson's experience in the lab at Valdosta State has prepared him for a career in chemistry

Greg Jackson, chemistry major and Noyce Scholar, says his best experience at Valdosta State has been with his professors, “they have not only been professors, but friends, teachers and mentors.”  Jackson is assisting Dr. Tom Manning, professor of chemistry, with research on the use of copper to treat tuberculosis. 

Military spouse Danielle Boyett has achieved her dream of becoming a nurse

Danielle Boyett understands the challenges that face college students today are not easy.  As a military wife and mother, she traveled the world with her family, but never lost sight of her dream to become a nurse.  Now living in Florida, Boyett drives 500 miles per week to attend nursing classes at Valdosta State University.  She wants others to know that even with a demanding life outside the academic world, obtaining a college degree is not just a dream.


Valdosta State Helen Brown find her passion for dancing

Senior dance major Helen Brown has been dancing since she was two years old. During her junior year she lost her sister, it was through her experience with dancing that she was able to create a dance piece that included movement and expression in dealing with her grief.


Tawanna Woods begins her job as marriage and family therapist days after graduating

Tawanna Woods will start her first job as a marriage and family therapist two days after graduation. The single mother of a 5-year-old boy was offered the position in July, and the South Georgia-based practice agreed to hold the position for her due to her work ethic and the reputation of VSU's Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She is so excited to have a job waiting for her, but she will miss her professors and her fellow students and the nonjudgmental, supportive environment they offered her. 

Charlotte Grady plans to take her acting chops to the Windy City


As Charlotte Grady prepares to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre performance on Saturday, she is already dreaming of a future as an actress in Chicago. She says that she will miss her VSU theater family and her time on the Sawyer Theatre and Lab Theatre stages, where she performed in such plays as "Lonely, I'm Not" and "As You Like It."  

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