Graduating Student Spotlight: Caroline Davis
May 2, 2018
Name: Caroline Davis
Hometown: Fort Mitchell, KY
Where did you earn your degree(s)?
- BA – Community & Leadership Development – University of Kentucky, 2015
- MPA – Public Administration – University of Georgia, May 2018
What interests you about your field?
I am attracted to the opportunities within Public Administration that allow me to serve my community in direct and tangible ways.
What are some highlights of your time at UGA?
I had the opportunity to shadow a number of practictioners in my field, which helped lead me to the path I am on now. I also enjoyed the drives through rural Georgia to attend meetings or presentations in Archway communities. And of course, the great food and music scene in Athens!
What does service mean to you?
Putting others before myself.
What inspired you to join the Archway Partnership?
The huge variety of projects that Archway is involved in, and particularly the fact that Archway works with predominantly rural communities. Often, public servants wear more than one hat in these communities, and it allowed me to get up close and personal with the ins and outs of public service.
What kinds of projects did you work on during your time with the Archway Partnership?
- Candler County – Workforce Development Report
- Pulaski County – Literacy Guide Birth-8th Grade; Feasibility Study for St. Luke Preschool; Animal Shelter Best Practices Management Guide
- Hart County – Flyer demonstrating benefits to a healthy Parks and Recreation Department; updates to the Hart County Long Term Plan; updates to the Fire Department Long Term Plan
- Spalding County – Economic Impact study on behalf of the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority
What is your most memorable experience/favorite project from your time with Archway?
My first project, the Workforce Development Report for Candler County, presented the opportunity to learn more about economic and workforce development than I ever thought I could know. The more I learned, the more I fell in love with the field, and now I am planning a career in workforce development!
What did you enjoy most about your time with the Archway Partnership?
Presenting my work in different counties. I am grateful for the real-world experience!
Has your time with Archway affected your career plans? If yes, how so?
Yes! Working on the Workforce Development report for Candler County helped me realize that was the aspect of economic development that I most wanted to pursue.
How has service-learning helped you grow as a student or in your personal life?
How has it not?! If anything, it has taught me humility. I began most of my projects knowing little to nothing about the subject area and had to really hone my research skills and ask for help in order to produce a product worth presenting to the partner community.
Do you believe it is important for students to participate in service programs?
Of course! I believe the act of serving teaches leadership.
What advice would you give to a student who is considering joining the Archway Partnership?
Do it! It will be challenging; it might be time-consuming; but it will definitely be worth it.
What are your plans after graduation?
I’ll let you know when I know!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still working in the field of economic and workforce development! I would ultimately like to serve the region of Appalachia, but it might be more than ten years down the line before that career move. (Or maybe running the Parks & Rec Department in Pawnee, IN…)