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Extreme Makeover - Feature Stories
September 2013 Issue
He’s only five minutes late, but Austin Laufersweiler calls one morning in May to apologize and explain that he just got out of a meeting. As the new president of UGA’s Student Government Association (SGA), he has many demands on his time. But Laufersweiler is not the average student—once a victim of bullying, he remade himself into an advocate, effecting change and receiving accolades at the local, state and national levels. Now he’s putting his skills to work in the service of his fellow students at UGA. While campaigning for SGA president during spring semester, Laufersweiler and his team emphasized retooling the organization to better serve student needs and also create a culture change—one that encourages students to get more involved on campus. Measuring success with the latter goal is going to be tough, but Laufersweiler thinks that figuring out what they’re passionate about—it could be athletics, research, theater, social justice or just about anything—will help students graduate with a much …
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