Emory College is proud of our 2009 graduates and on the following pages we would like to show a few reasons why. While we could share many success stories, the students selected here reflect the best features of our graduating class -- inquisitive, energetic and more than ready to take their place in the world.
SGA President Maria Town on the Class of 2009
How would you describe the Class of 2009?
The class of 2009 is a motivated, creative, and inquisitive group of individuals. These qualities have enabled us to develop into young leaders in an array of different fields throughout our time at Emory. The class of 2009 is endowed with a passionate spirit and a particular sensitivity towards issues of diversity, which has driven us to push boundaries in positive ways.
What distinguishing mark has your class left on Emory?
We have shown Emory how students can follow their individual interests and express their individuality with integrity to create something that betters the entire community. Because of our attention to and respect for diversity, individualism strengthens our community rather than fragments it. The Class of 2009 saw the campus abuzz during the recent presidential election, as numerous student groups provided outlets for political inquiry. Our class displayed extraordinary commitment to programs such as the Transforming Community Project, which explores race at Emory. We watched Unity Month grow every year. Beyond exploring and establishing our own identities, we also helped Emory create its identity. Our class displayed true Emory spirit while we cheered on Emory athletics and participated in E-TEAM. We unveiled the Dooley Statue this year.
What do you think this class is destined to achieve as it leaves Emory?
The Class of 2009 will take the valuable lessons we have learned at Emory and use them to continue to challenge ourselves in our future endeavors, whether they be in academia, business, medicine, politics, or the arts. No matter where our paths may take us, we will surely be leaders in our particular fields, raising standards and expectations and challenging others to do the same. Though many may see our class as hindered by the current economic climate, such circumstances only give us more opportunities to display our strengths and leadership. We are destined to contribute, in our own ways, to the re-working of our economic structure by proactively solving problems and conducting ourselves with character and integrity.
Class of 2009 Statistics
- 82 percent participated in community service or volunteer work
- 44 percent participated in study abroad programs
- 43 percent participated in intramural athletics
- 86 percent were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the quality of instruction in their major
- 43 percent had an off-campus internship
- 39 percent worked on a research project with a faculty member
- 34 percent were members of fraternities or sororities
- 41 percent plan to attend graduate or professional school in the fall; half of these graduates will be working towards medical or law degrees
Source: 2009 Emory College Senior Survey