Student athletes must balance the demands of academic and athletic responsibilities, expectations which in many cases present numerous challenges. The Department of Government and Sociology currently has five students who are successfully doing just that.
One can not only find them in the classroom but on the baseball field, basketball court and on the soccer field. Taylor Hinshaw, from Winder, Georgia, is a junior Political Science major and Criminal Justice minor. He is also an outfielder and first baseman for the Georgia College baseball team. Taylor chose Georgia College because, “it is a prestigious academic and athletic institution.”
Master of Public Administration student, Michael Moore, is also on the Georgia College Baseball team, playing in the outfield. He chose Georgia College because it has given him the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree while playing his last year of collegiate baseball. He lives by the motto, ”Play like it’s your last day on the field.”
Kayla Upchurch is shooting hoops for Georgia College, but she is also making plans to attend law school when she graduates. A junior from Alpharetta, Georgia, she currently has a 4.0 grade point average. Kayla chose GC because of the great academic reputation, closeness to home and comfortable fit with the basketball program.
The other students are part of the Women’s Soccer team. Taylor Cornelius, a junior from Dacula, Georgia is double majoring in Criminal Justice and Business. She chose Georgia College because she loved the campus and atmosphere, as well as everything that soccer and the academic programs have to offer. Cayce Hamilton, a Political Science major, is from Duluth, Georgia and she is at Georgia College “because GC had everything I was looking for in athletics, academics, size of school and preparation.”
Altogether, these students boast an impressive average GPA of 3.46. While challenging, these outstanding student athletes are expertly balancing the rigors of athletics and demands of academia.