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Graduate Student Spotlight

Josh Cagliani has a passion for helping children with Type I diabetes and spending time in the outdoors. He is able to blend these two interests as a master’s student in the recreation and leisure studies department at the University of Georgia’s Graduate School.

Cagliani decided to immediately pursue his master’s degree after  earning his undergraduate degree in magazines from UGA’s own  Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. For him, the decision to attend graduate school was easy.

“As much as I loved writing, I became really involved with a camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes, and I realized I wanted to be involved with that full time,” says Cagliani, “So I came back to school to get my master’s in recreation and leisure studies to go into camp administration.”

Cagliani always wanted to attend UGA for his undergraduate studies, since he is a Georgia native. Attending UGA’s Graduate School was a perfect option, since he could continue living in Athens. Even more importantly, the UGA recreation and leisure studies department is highly regarded across the nation for its programs.

As an undergraduate student, Cagliani says some of his favorite memories are the fall football games, where he could interact with other students and faculty while cheering on the bulldogs.

As a graduate student, Cagliani still roots for the bullogs, but says the best part of graduate school is the high level of involvement with activities and community partners through of class assignments. To Cagliani, being involved in the community has led to many great opportunities outside of class that would not have happened without graduate school.

The enthusiasm that Cagliani has for the UGA Graduate School is obvious. “Attending grad school at UGA was one of the best decisions of my life.  I have been able to really make connections with people that will last a lifetime.  Getting my master’s is much more than receiving a piece of paper.  It’s about using what I have learned in grad school and applying that knowledge to help others who may not have the same opportunities I have been given.  If I can go out and help someone reach their goals, then my experience with grad school was well worth the time and energy.”

Students like Josh Cagliani shine brightly in the UGA Graduate School community. The Graduate School is proud of their hard work and dedication.


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