Connor McCarthy, who came to UGA as Ramsey Scholar from Mobile, Alabama, hit the ground running when he arrived on campus as a double major in international affairs and economics. In addition to taking a challenging set of classes, he conducted an undergraduate research project with Dr. Patricia Sullivan on Post-WW II military interventions, with a focus on the Soviet Union.
During the 2007 Maymester term, he traveled to New Zealand, where he studied sustainable resources and human impact on the environment. That summer, he interned with Senator Johnny Isakson in the Honors in Washington internship program.
During the Maymester of 2008, he traveled to Tanzania on a Honors International Scholarship, where he took classes focused on business and political leadership in a developing country. Of this experience Connor wrote, “Thus far, my academic career has been centered around policy issues and the majority of my extracurricular career around serving those less fortunate. As the saying goes, to whom much is given, much is expected. I recognize and am thankful for my blessings, but most of all I recognize the potential for me to affect others. Volunteering in Africa and studying the issues at hand allow me to understand world poverty and my relationship with it.” Immediately following that experience, Connor studied macro-economics in Barcelona under the Harvard-educated professor at Columbia Business School, Dr. Xavier Sala-i-Marti.
Connor is also a natural leader, as demonstrated in the numerous activities he performed on-and-off campus, including serving as the UGA Student Government President, a student representative to the Educational Affairs Committee for the University Council, a senator and Academic Affairs Chair in the Student Government Association, a member of the Tate Society, the Scholarship Chair with Beta Theta Pi, a member of the mock trial team, an Honors Teaching Assistant, an Honors Ambassador, a tutor for Latino children, a summer camp counselor, and a volunteer with the Athens-Clarke County Mentor Program.
Connor now works for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant in Atlanta.
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