by Sheryl Marlar

Amanda Baptie came to the University of West Georgia intending to become a police officer. Although that career goal changed, Baptie still wants to help her community.

Amanda BaptieBorn in Canada, Baptie has lived most of her life in the United States.

“I chose UWG because it just felt right,” Baptie began. “The scenery on campus is gorgeous and it makes me feel good just walking through. I kept comparing it to other schools I toured, and that’s when I knew for sure that UWG was the right fit.”

When Baptie applied to UWG, she had to write an essay on how she planned to make her mark at the university.

“A lot has changed since then, but that drive to make my mark has stuck with me,” Baptie explained. “I came here primarily for the criminology department, and I can’t imagine myself in any other program.”

While she was always interested in law enforcement, Baptie also got involved in sustainability efforts on campus. When she came across crime prevention through environmental design and topics like city sustainability, she was very intrigued.

“From there, my thesis developed into applying the theories I’ve researched to the campus residence hall because of how many resources were available and the chance to really impact the school,” Baptie continued.

Baptie credits her academic success to the many wonderful professors she has come in contact with while at UWG.

“It has been a rewarding experience guiding Amanda’s undergraduate thesis and seeing her apply what she learned in the classroom to her research project,” said Dr. Mai Naito, assistant professor and director of graduate studies in the criminology department. “I am confident that Amanda is capable of anything put before her, and I am excited that she went west for her graduate education.”

Baptie has no plans to stop now–she plans to take her career to new possibilities.

“I love it so much that I can’t leave,” Baptie said. “I’m continuing on to my master’s degree this spring and I’m really excited. UWG staff, faculty and students have been so supportive and inspiring.”

“Amanda is both a great student and a wonderful person,” said Dr. Gavin Lee, assistant professor of criminology. “I greatly look forward to teaching her in our master’s program and then seeing her go on to a doctoral program. For her, the sky is the limit.”

Baptie says she is still blown away with the dedication and spirit in the people at UWG. She would tell prospective students to get involved so they won’t get lost in the shuffle.

“Being around people who care makes all the difficult parts of college worth it,” she reflected. “Go West! Go Wolves!”

Posted on February 26, 2018