Graduate Spotlight: Erin Sweat

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woman in graduation regalia stands in front of mercer's administration building
Erin Sweat. Photo by Max Bickers

Erin Sweat is graduating from Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

What are your plans after graduation?

Studying abroad in the Republic of Georgia and then working as a legal assistant.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Dr. Chris Grant was my favorite professor during my time at Mercer. He is so down to earth, educated on politics, and supports the individual growth of all of his students. I didn’t know him well until my last year of college, but once you know him, he’s a mentor for life. He singlehandedly changed the trajectory of my career and helped facilitate both of my Mercer On Mission trips to the Republic of Georgia and my preceptorships this year.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

It’s hard to place one memory as my favorite. However, I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the group of friends and fellow students that have stood by me. Going with them to campus events such as Bearstock and MerServe events kept me sane in the confusing time that is college.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was Constitutional law. It really helped me gain an understanding of what I would be doing in the future for my career. It helped my love for the legal system flourish.

How do you plan on changing the world?

I plan on becoming a lawyer for the state of Georgia and sticking up for those who have been wronged by our criminal justice system.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Don’t take your time at Mercer for granted. As I sat in the last week of class, it all hit me — this was the last time I’d be sitting in Knight Hall learning from my favorite professors and experiencing this amazing campus. Graduating is what everyone looks forward to, but the small moments like going to the bookstore, getting Z Beans with friends, and even just sitting in a Tarver Library study room cramming for an exam are some of my favorite memories of Mercer. Take it all in and cherish it.

What makes Mercer special to you?

Mercer is the place where you can truly learn how to change the world. The opportunity for leadership, creativity and innovation is unmatched. Mercer is the type of university that you sit and go, “Wow, I am so glad I went there.”

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