Graduate Spotlight: Savannah Smith

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Savannah Smith. Photo by Katie Linkner

Savannah Smith, a Class of 2023 graduate of Mercer University‘s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Business, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and economics.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be attending Wake Forest to earn a Master of Science in Accountancy.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

I had Dr. Andrew Silver, Page Morton Hunter Professor of English, for an elective I was randomly assigned to fall semester my freshman year, and it completely launched me on my path of majoring in English. He leads the most engaging discussions and makes sure his class is the experience students would like to have. I will miss his classes both for the sake of learning from him and razzing him in front of my fellow students.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

It sounds generic, but seek balance. Even if you have been an academic overachiever your whole life, it is not sustainable to invest all your energy in your schoolwork. Find hobbies, extracurriculars, go to restaurants and events with your friends. Leave your dorm, and make sure you have as many opportunities to fulfill you as possible.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

The fact that the curriculum here is designed to expose you to as many different disciplines as possible gave me the liberty to both explore my personal interests and shape my career path. I am a person with a better understanding of how the world works and a clearer sense of personal direction.

What makes Mercer special to you?

I have never been in an environment so committed to leadership and service until I came to Mercer, where everyone is involved in a little of everything. I found truly likeminded people at Mercer in the sense that everyone wants to shape the campus in some way, and I am grateful for that.

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