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Amazing Student: Sarah Ouderkirk

Franklin College double major (biology and pyschology) and president of the premed honors society (Alpha Epsilon Delta) Sarah Ourderkirk came to UGA as a legacy and is leaving ready for the next step in her training to become a medical doctor:

My favorite professor is...

Well, I have two. Karl Espelie and Sylvia Hutchinson have both walked alongside me over the course of my college career. They have taken the time to get to know me as a person as well as a student. 

I will be forever thankful for Dr. Espelie’s constant support and guidance while serving as my academic advisor over the last four years. He goes above and beyond for his advisees, creating lifelong friendships and rooting for them in their continued medical careers. Dr. Espelie changed my college experience for the better and showed me how to succeed as a future physician. I hope to challenge him to a tennis match pretty soon after completing my “Beginners Tennis” PE credit. 

Everyone who meets Dr. Hutchinson knows and loves her for understandable reasons. She has taught two Honors seminars that I have taken and found very useful. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Hutchinson and I have enjoyed numerous meals together in fun, local restaurants where we have talked about life, family, friends and the future. She loves her students so well! When I think of my college career, I will always think of the impact that Dr. Hutchinson played on my development as a person.


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