Junior public health major Grace Albright transferred to Mercer University after two years at Wesleyan University located in Macon.
She said the transition was a full circle for her because Mercer was the first college she ever toured at the age of 10. It was an easy decision for her too.
“Once I applied, my admissions counselor at Mercer was my same admissions counselor from Wesleyan who had transferred here before I did,” Albright said. “Things just started to line up and flow together.”
Albright is pursuing a major in public health here at Mercer.
“Through the public health program, I’ve discovered a career opportunity in Public Health and Management Wellness,” Albright said. “This deals with policies and putting things into place to better manage the healthcare industry.”
Albright has always been passionate about the medical field, childhood medicine in particular.
“I knew since middle school,” she said. “My original plan was to be a pediatrician, but I thought that I would be more beneficial working in the field of policy.”
Albright said she is inspired by her mother who was diagnosed with a disability in 2003.
Her mom is a pastor, the founder and former principal of The Grace Ashtin Christian School for Girls and a social worker.
“I was the one that was caring for her,” Albright said. “The drive of having someone else depending on me inspired me. If she can make it through everything she went through and continue to be amazing, there’s nothing I can’t do.”
Albright is extremely passionate about younger children and has taken up numerous opportunities to work with them while serving as a student here at Mercer.
She immediately became apart of MU Miracle, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for pediatric hospitals.
“MU Miracle brings me joy, because I get to have a direct connection to a field I’m passionate about,” Albright said. “I love knowing that what I’m working for is helping the industry that I want to work for in the future.”
She also tutors in an afterschool program though Wesley Foundation in Macon. Albright also has a younger sister who looks up to her and the work she does.
“Knowing someone is coming right behind me inspires me to want to keep up my image as well,” she said.
She said one of her biggest goals is to make a difference.
“I want a career that actually means something,” she said.
Albright can be found walking around Mercer’s campus greeting you with a big smile. She said her key to remaining positive is commanding her day.
“I start each day off with gospel music,” she said. “No matter what comes at me throughout the day, if I made it through the things from the past, I can make whatever it is work.”