Amazing Students

Marjorie Butler

Marjorie Butler was a star on the UGA women’s basketball team, but her work in the classroom has been just as spectacular. This month, she’s receiving her second bachelor’s degree and has been accepted at nine medical schools.

Hometown:

Knoxville, Tenn.

High School:

Webb School of Knoxville

Degree objective:

Pre-med (bachelor’s in biology)

Other degrees:

In spring 2015, completed degree in exercise and sports science

Expected graduation:

May 2016

University highlights, achievements and awards:

— Magna Cum Laude, Exercise and Sports Science
— 4x SEC Academic Honor Roll
— 2014 SEC Community Service Team
— 2x CoSIDA Academic All-District
— 2016 SEC Women’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year
— 2016 Georgia’s Scholar Athlete of the Year (SEC, one candidate per school)
— 2013 NCAA Elite 8 appearance
— 3x NCAA Tournament appearance
— Accepted to the following medical schools: Vanderbilt, Virginia, Florida, Emory, Morehouse, Tennessee, ETSU, UAB, Meharry
— Phi Beta Kappa Society
— Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Honor Society
— Blue Key National Honor Society

I chose to attend UGA because...

I wanted to play basketball for Andy Landers and be a part of the historical women’s basketball program. I also had a strong interest in sports science and its use in medicine, and Georgia has a strong kinesiology program.

My favorite things to do on campus are...

… relax at East Campus Village dining hall, attend UGA sporting events and relax at the intramural fields.

When I have free time, I like...

… to spend time at the Boys and Girls Clubs, play with guide dogs, enjoy downtown Athens and watch Netflix!

The craziest thing I've done is...

… spend an entire day studying at the dining hall.

My favorite place to study is...

… Miller Learning Center.

My favorite professor is...

… Mary Bedell in the genetics department.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with...

I would spend time with my deceased grandfather (Neil Butler, first African-American mayor of Gainesville, Florida, and first African-American graduate from the UF nursing program) and ask him about the challenges he faced as an African-American.

If I knew I could not fail, I would...

… cure cancer.

If money was not a consideration, I would love to...

… visit every country in the world.

After graduation, I plan to...

… attend medical school.

The one UGA experience I will always remember will be...

… going to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.

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