After graduation, she will have an eight-year military commitment, then she plans to go to law school on the GI Bill. “I’ll do something in the international community, whether as an ambassador or lawyer for international affairs,” said Hagerty, who has lived all over the world, including stints in Korea, Italy and Hinesville, Georgia. In Hinesville, she decided that UGA was her first choice for college.
“I just fell in love with Southern culture and the people that I met,” she said. She got familiar with UGA via frequent visits to watch her brother play football. “Every time I came here, I had such an amazing experience.”
Hagerty, who is studying international affairs, knows she made the right decision with UGA. “I absolutely love it. It is the perfect balance of every aspect you could imagine wanting in college. It is academically rigorous as well as fun. And the people you meet are one-of-a-kind. I’m so excited to continue my life knowing all of these people.”
Becoming one of the first female Eagle Scouts in the country was a huge undertaking (“but well worth it,” she is quick to add) and wherever she goes throughout her life, she will carry that distinction. “It’s a title that represents two years of training in first aid, outdoor navigation and also leadership and morals,” she said. “I think that the title Eagle Scout is very respected, and I am very proud when I get to introduce myself as an Eagle Scout because people know the requirements that it takes to get there.