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Paige Collins

Outstanding Honors Student in the Humanities

This award is given to an outstanding Honors student with experience in a research project within the Humanities.


Majors: Classics and History
Hometown: Austell, Georgia

Activities/Honors: First Honor Graduate, Double Dawgs student, Presidential Scholar, Undergraduate Research Assistant, recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence and the Joe Brown Connally Award, an Experience UGA History tour guide, and pianist and singer at six Athens-Clarke County retirement homes

What I like most about the Honors Program: I am thankful to the Honors Program for allowing students to take graduate courses, giving me the opportunity to challenge myself with next-level coursework. I have also greatly enjoyed the small class sizes that have allowed me to engage deeply with my fellow Honors students and the stellar faculty who lead Honors courses.

Why I chose my major(s): When I arrived at UGA, I chose history because it helped me contextualize the world and lent itself to pursuing a career in education. My classics major happened almost by accident. In my first year, I enrolled in an introductory classics course, after which I declared a minor and participated in the Classics Department’s Maymester program, “Europe: Unearthing the Past.” This experience only heightened my interest in the ancient world, and I continued taking classics courses as electives until I only needed a few more credits to complete the major. I have found a way to synthesize my majors in my graduate studies by researching classical reception in Gilded Age California.

Post-graduation plans: I will be continuing my education at the University of Georgia, finishing an MA in history, which I began as an undergraduate student in the Double Dawgs Program. Following completion of that degree, I will pursue a PhD in history with the hope of becoming a professor or public historian.