Emily Rose Thorne: For a while now, Sally Yates has been one of my personal role models. She attended the University of Georgia, a school I was accepted to in my hometown of Athens, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism — one of my intended majors and my current passion. She then took her degree and headed to UGA’s law school, something I plan to do as well, and worked as the editor of the Georgia Law Review while advancing her education. After graduating, she was immediately involved in politics and law. During her breakout case, she was the lead prosecutor against Eric Rudolph, who was later convicted of several anti-abortion and anti-gay terrorist bombings between 1996 and 1998 in the southern U.S. and found guilty of the Centennial Olympic Park pipe bombing that killed 1 person and injured 111 more in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics. Yates’ role in that provided me with a successful, educated, like-minded woman to look up to as I study a similar field with similar career goals.
Leslie Marsh: There are so many incredible individuals who have shaped my life. One person in particular who I have always looked up to is my mom. I admire her creativity, her strength, and her ability to give the best advice, as well as her passion for being a mom. She is a goal-setter, an artist, a great listener, and a BFF. I strive to reflect her beautiful qualities as best as I can, and I hope to be as inspirational as she is when I become a mom someday.
Jackie Garcia: I do not have one specific role model because they are so many strong and ambitious people in the world to choose just one! Some of my favorites are Sonia Sotomayor, Amy Levin, Alexis Jones, Jim Acosta, and Hoda Kotb. These people are inspiring to me because they have taken their passion and turned it into something that can benefit others. They have worked hard to get to where they are today and I admire that. However, I believe we can be inspired by others around us everyday and the world around us.
Sara Kim: I have been blessed with several mentors and role models since high school, and I would say I continue to keep in touch with them today because they have all taught me so much about myself and about life. Each is a part of my network because each professor, friend, and colleague has helped shape who I am as an individual, friend, student, and now professional.
Yeshna Dindoyal: My role models are my mom and dad, they taught me a lot and always stand by me. I admire a lot of people from scientists, to tennis players, to writers or activists, and I draw inspiration from every person I meet.