Student Profiles: Mary Pickard, C'2015
Spelman Student Government Association President Mary Pickard is on the fast track towards a bright and promising future, and was recently named to HBUC BUZZs 2014 "HBCU Top 30 Under 30" list.
Pickard looks forward to the 2014-2015 school year, and plans to work with administration to give the Spelman student body a stronger voice, and to collaborate more with her counterparts at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College.
Pickard is a dedicated student, but also a caring sister who truly embodies the Spelman sisterhood. As a political science major, Spanish minor, Pickard has committed herself to her studies as she maintains a 3.9 major GPA while participating in several student organizations including: Morehouse Business Association, Residence Hall Association, SKIRTS- Sisters Keeping It Real Through Service, Phi Alpha Delta, Pre Law Fraternity, a Goldman Sachs | Spelman Leader, and a recently inducted member of the National Society for Leadership and Success.
If this were not enough, she is a servant leader outside her community as well. Pickard is a literacy tutor at Gigi’s Playhouse -- a center for children with Down Syndrome, a mentor with YES! Atlanta, and the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.
Pickard has a total of over 400 service hours since she has entered the gates of Spelman. For the 2013-2014 academic year, Pickard served as the Spelman Student Government Association Secretary of Academic affairs where she actively worked with the academic provost and deans to restructure student advising and first year and second year experience.
The young dynamo was in a car accident in October 2014 that left her hospitalized for two weeks; and prevented her from returning to school for the remaining portion of the semester. Doctors and nurses alike informed Pickard that she would not be able to complete her course work, but because of her endless determination, Pickard’s knew that even with all her downfalls and stumbles she would finish her course work and ultimately graduate with her class. And that she did.
The following semester Pickard achieved one of her greatest goals while attending Spelman College -- she was elected the 2014-2015 Spelman Student Government Association President.