Alumnae Spotlight

Melissa Garwick

Melissa Garwick '11


Melissa Garwick graduated from Agnes Scott in December of 2011 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.  She was born in Lee's Summit (a suburb of Kansas City), Missouri and she currently lives in downtown Atlanta.  She works for the Atlanta Public Schools as a Professional School Counselor at a middle school working with 6th graders.  She provides individual support, small group support, as well as classroom guidance on Academic, Personal/Social, and Career topics.  She uses her minor in Spanish to communicate with students and their families who speak Spanish.  Before getting her current job, she attended Georgia State University and earned her Masters in Education in School Counseling with a focus on middle school.  She also earned her Education Specialist degree in School Counseling from Georgia State.  For her, the best thing about attending Agnes Scott was being surrounded by so many driven, highly accomplished women.  She felt that it was a very empowering environment that helped her to build her confidence and leadership skills and also helped her to feel prepared for graduate school, as well as life in general.  Agnes Scott exposed her to many people different from those she had grown up around, and opened her eyes to just how wonderful diversity is.  Her favorite Psychology experience was attending the Southeastern Psychological Association's conference during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  It was her first time presenting research at a professional conference and it helped her feel comfortable with the process of presenting.  While Melissa was at Agnes Scott she worked on several research projects with Dr. Hughes and one of them was published in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences.  She also interned with school counselors at Avondale Elementary and Renfroe Middle School.  The photo was taken at the Feeder Elementary School Transition Program to the 6th grade campus.