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Carver Goodhue, Senegal, 2016-2017

Carver Goodhue, a third-year Honors student and Foundation Fellow from Athens, is majoring in anthropology and Romance languages in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Wolof, a language commonly spoken in Senegal, and take classes in French and international development in Senegal through NSEP's African Flagship Languages Initiative.

As part of his Boren Scholarship experience in Senegal, Carver will study Wolof, French, international development, and public health through the National Security Education Program’s African Flagship Languages Initiative. He also expects to work with a public health non-governmental organization and, with the time he has left, train with a Senegalese wrestling team.

“Wrestling is actually their international sport,” said Carver, who wrestled in the 170-pound weight division at Clarke Central High School in Athens.

When Carver graduates with degrees in Romance languages and anthropology and a minor in biology, he plans to fulfill his yearlong Boren service requirement by working on public health projects in Senegal for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the U.S. Agency for International Development.

He then plans to begin a dual Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degree program.

One of the highlights of his undergraduate experiences was a sojourn to France in 2015.

“All the professors I’ve taken French with at UGA have been really excellent teachers, and I consider many of them to be mentors,” Carver said. “Thanks to the Fellowship, last summer I was able to build on everything my French professors taught me by spending two months in France, during which time I lived with French host families, took French classes in a language school in Montpelier, and worked on a cider farm in La Perche.”

Locally, he has volunteered through U-Lead, a nonprofit organization providing academic counseling, tutoring, and scholarships to immigrant students in the Athens area.

“It’s been very rewarding for me, as someone from Athens, to work with students from this community and to see them succeed and obtain higher education despite significant financial and political impediments,” Carver said.

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