Alumni Spotlight - Dr Georgia Atkin-Smith

"[Living at La Trobe] shaped me tremendously, both personally and professionally"

We recently sat down, with Dr Georgia Atkin-Smith to find out how her experience Living at La Trobe has assisted her in her professional career and beyond.

Georgia lived on Glenn and Menzies College from 2011 – 2013 and studied a Bachelor of Biotechnology and Cell Biology. In her later years on residence, Georgia took on multiple student leadership roles. Currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher (Cell Biologist) at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Georgia aims to further dissect our understanding of cell death during the progression of treatment of cancer.

What is your greatest professional achievement?
Graduating my PhD in Biochemistry at La Trobe University!

Georgia Atkin Smith

What is your favourite memory from your time Living at La Trobe?
When I officially started dating my now-husband who was also a Glenn college resident… Who would have thought we would end up here!

How have your experiences Living at La Trobe helped your personal or professional life?
Being on college and especially being involved in the Leadership opportunities and training has shaped me tremendously, both personally and professionally. These experiences largely developed my leadership skills and confidence as a leader, skills that I frequently use in my job as a scientist through supervising students, mentoring, running events, and communicating my research to the broader community. In addition, taking on extra responsibilities as a Leader in college whilst studying largely developed my organisation and time management skills that I use on a daily basis.

What advice would you provide to current residents to make the most out of their time on residence?
Firstly, to simply have fun! Being on college is such an incredible time for young adults to become more independent and meet new people. And secondly, to put yourself out there – whether that be leadership positions, training, workshops, volunteering at Open Day etc. Being involved in initiatives such as these is fantastic for professional development and, it looks great on your CV!

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