Finding Greatness: Nemiah Plant

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020 12:00 AM
Categories: Pressroom | School of Education and Behavioral Sciences | Students | Finding Greatness

Macon, GA


MGA senior Nemiah Plant plans to build on her political science degree with graduate study and pursue a career in community focused health informatics.  

Full Name: Nemiah Plant.

Age: 21.

Hometown: Fort Valley.

Residence: Centerville.

High School: Peach County High School. “I was a varsity cheerleader for all four years of high school (captain for two years). I was also a member of the National Honor Society, yearbook staff, and Technology Student Association, where my team built a car powered solely by a mousetrap and placed 2nd at the state competition level. I was also an honor graduate with a 3.8 GPA and I had eight scholarship offers.”

Family: Mother, Tangela Plant; father, Larry Buckley; brother, Kaleb Bottom.

Employment: “I began with the Pathways intern program at Robins Air Force Base in October 2017 and am now the information security manager for an organization with 1,200 employees.”

Degree Objective: “After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Political Science, I plan to pursue a Master of Science in Health Informatics from Mercer University and then a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics. I hope to work in health informatics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.”

Class Rank: Senior.

Activities: 2017-2018 Student Government Association vice president; 2018-2019 Student Government Association president (first African American female SGA president-elect at MGA);  President’s Torch Society (2019: secretary & membership chair); Cochran Campus Activities Board logistics officer; 2018-2019 Miss Black & Old Gold of the Upsilon Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Career Goals: With a combination of my major in political science (which I feel is fundamental to success in a variety of fields), a minor in business administration, and graduate degrees in health informatics, I want to help reshape the healthcare industry to improve processes and better serve communities. Political science is the study of human behavior and how we tend to function in society. Studying political science can help mold graduates into leaders/employers who know how to handle situations involving other people.”

She chose Middle Georgia State University because … “I wanted the best outcome for my future with as little debt as possible. I knew that it was the right decision when I was offered several scholarships that covered 100 percent of my undergraduate degree fees. Because of my decision, I have been awarded numerous opportunities to travel in and out of the country with no cost to me and have made many friends and gained mentors.”

The greatest thing she discovered about Middle Georgia State was … “The willingness of the University’s leaders and faculty and staff to try new things to increase retention and enrollment rates. It’s a great time to be at MGA.”

Her greatest academic experience as a Middle Georgia State student has been … “Participating in experiential learning and leadership organizations, and making the Dean’s and President’s lists. MGA’s experiential learning program is one of the most rewarding programs I’ve ever experienced. The program gives students opportunities to travel to different countries to serve and learn from. The various leadership organizations, like the Student Government Association and President’s Torch Society, not only support my academic endeavors but help me build character and skills. Another experience that I consider academic in nature was helping to organize the Student Government Association’s ‘Think Pink’ breast cancer gala of 2018 to support, celebrate, and raise money to support breast cancer survivors. That is one of my most treasured undergraduate experiences.”

To her, greatness means … “Achieving wealth physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Wealth is not just a term to define how much monetary value a person has applies to how you view life. I plan to live life with optimism, faith, and joy. When you have mastered that, you are able to become the best version of yourself and that leads to greatness.”

In five years … “I will continue my employment with the federal government while completing my graduate-level studies. Though I am not rushing, I plan to be at least halfway through my doctoral program within five years and considering places where I’d like to live to raise a family.”