Usually, when a new semester begins for college students across the U.S., it means one thing: another three months of the same routine. Fortunately, at Georgia State we’re not just any college students from across the nation. What do I mean? Well, we’re celebrating our centennial. Still not following? In other words, it’s been 100 years since Georgia State began as an evening school affiliated with Georgia Tech in 1913.
Being enrolled during this historic time is simply breathtaking. You can’t go anywhere in downtown Atlanta without seeing a Georgia State centennial logo. They’re either on the side of the MARTA buses or hanging from light poles on the corners of the streets. Everyone from the faculty to the students is in on the celebration. Don’t believe me? On January 25, a Georgia State student-run organization is inviting students to be a part of a Guinness World Record as they attempt to break the record for the most high-fives given under a minute!
Last June Georgia State was ranked No.1 in the nation among nonprofit institutions in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African-American students. Four years ago, band instructor Dr. Chester Philips would have never imagined that the Georgia State band would be performing in the next Presidential Inauguration — partly due to the fact that Georgia State’s band did not exist until 2010! The difference between Georgia State and other universities is its dedication to its students.
Without a doubt, there is no better time to be a Panther than right now! With a full year of events and activities planned, Georgia State is off to a great start on another 100 years! How do you celebrate history and make it at the same time? Easy. Attend Georgia State University!