Clayton State University Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) student Sara C. Martin (Newnan) received the Thomas V. Barnett Award as the outstanding MALS student at the University, at the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Awards Convocation on Thursday, Apr. 21.
“I am very excited to win the Thomas V. Barnett Award,” Martin says. “For me, this award symbolizes the hard work and dedication I have committed to the MALS program. The honor motivates me to excel in all areas of my life, including the attainment of future career and education goals.”
The award is named in honor of Dr. Thomas V. Barnett, the first director of the MALS program at Clayton State. MALS was the University’s first graduate-level program, beginning in 2006.
Martin says that balancing school, work and family has been the most challenging.
“The main challenge during my degree has been juggling school, work, and family life. Graduate work is definitely tougher than undergraduate work, which required a complete overhaul of my schedule,” she says. “However, I have learned a great deal about myself and the challenge has taught me how to use my time more efficiently as both a student and a mother.”
Despite a few challenges, Martin is enthusiastic and rewarded in her experience.
“The most rewarding part of being in the MALS program has been the relationships I have built both with faculty and with my fellow students,” she says. “I have also had the pleasure of being the first student to represent the graduate student body on the executive board of the Student Government Association. The relationships and contacts I have forged will last a lifetime. I look forward to keeping in touch with these people and sharing the next chapter of our lives together.”
Martin hopes to further her education in a Ph.D. program and teach at the university level.