There can be no doubt that wherever Jonathan Arogeti (AB Spanish, AB History ’11) lands, whatever locale he occupies will be better when he leaves than when he arrived.
Among the many achievements the Bernard Ramsey Scholar can claim during his time at the University of Georgia, service to others remains a critical component.
Besides spending three-plus years on University Judiciary, Jonathan’s on-campus activities have included three years as an Honors teaching assistant, membership in Dawgs for Israel, and a consulting role with the Student Government Association.
Casting his net farther from campus, Arogeti served on a seven-day humanitarian mission to Cuba and worked with children from Brazil, Russia, Ethiopia, Eastern Europe, and Israel in an orphanage in Haifa, Israel. He also spent six months as the national field organizer for the Washington-based American Israel Public Affairs Committee, coordinating political activities on 14 college campuses across the nation.
“Whether I was engaging students in the political process in New Jersey, California, and Washington, DC; developing a cultural film festival in Athens; or studying with local Spanish students at the University of Cádiz in Spain, I sought to empower those around me,” says Jonathan, who earlier this year received a prestigious American Constitution Society Fellowship. “Over the past three years, I have sought to make my community a better place by serving others in these capacities.”
Jonathan, whose mother and grandmother both attended UGA, says his decision to come to Athens rested solely on the challenges and rewards open to him through the Honors Program.
“I was also offered an incredible opportunity through the Bernard Ramsey Honors Scholarship," he says, "and I could not turn down the opportunity to be a part of a small program in a large research university. It also goes without saying that the city of Athens played a role in my decision; there is no better college town in the country.”
Perhaps Jonathan’s main academic accomplishment while at UGA was the thesis he wrote on Henry Aaron Alexander that provided a comprehensive examination of life in the Jewish South during the 19th and 20th centuries. Under the watchful eye of history professor John Inscoe and the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO), Arogeti spent nearly six months involved in research that yielded collaborations with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Breman Museum in Atlanta, among others.
“I first enrolled in one of Dr. Inscoe’s courses in my third year, and he agreed to guide my research senior year,” he says. “He held me to a high standard, which shows how the university has faculty that value the work of their undergraduate students.”
During his UGA tenure, Jonathan was selected for Phi Beta Kappa, inducted into the Dean William Tate Honor Society, and was named to the Blue Key Honor Society. He was also a founding member of the executive committee of the Athens Jewish Film Festival, and he gave the student address at UGA’s Spring 2011 commencement in mid-May.
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