By Anna Meurer
Kellie McMurry knew that she wanted to come to Georgetown before many other prospective students came for their first visit. The Danville, Ky. native learned about Georgetown from friends and decided to attend after exploring the Equine Scholars Program. From the beginning, Kellie said she knew Georgetown was the right place to be, and she’s thrived over the past four years.
As a Biology major, Chemistry minor on a Pre-Vet track, Kellie’s plate has been full from her first semester onward, but she has consistently gone above and beyond in academics. She’s a STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) Fellow as well as a member of GC PALS, a grant program designed to fund research for students during their sophomore or junior years. For her research project, Kellie worked at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center studying equine immunology. “It’s just easier to say immunology,” she jokes, “rather than try and explain the whole process.” In fact, Kellie’s time at the center was successful enough that she was offered a position there after her research had ended.
Outside of the classroom, Kellie has remained active both on and off campus. During her sophomore year she co-founded GC’s Pre-Vet club along with fellow Biology major Michelle Larberg in order to provide networking and aid for students hoping to apply to vet school. Not one to shy away from expanding her horizons, she also spent a few weeks in Ireland last year studying horse health and management.
Additionally, she’s participated as a soprano member of the Tiger Tunistas, GC’s female a Capella group, for four years and is currently enjoying her time in voice class. Kellie has also been active in the Equine Scholars Program, serving on the Student Leadership Council for the last two years and playing an essential role in planning Pegasus Camp for the incoming freshmen this year during the transition to a new director. Speaking on her experience in the program, Kellie notes that she loves the networking experience and friends she has gained throughout her four years.
Kellie also enjoys riding her horse, Charlie, who she’s had for almost ten years, though her newest hobby of choice is rock-climbing. “I’m really into rock climbing,” she said. “I’m saving up for [climbing] shoes!” She climbs both in the gym and out at Red River Gorge, an experience she thoroughly enjoys even though “sometimes my fingers are too sore to type after I finish climbing!”
After graduation, Kellie hopes to attend Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her summer studying for the GRE, shadowing one of the many equine vets in the area, Dr. Ashley Craig (who’s also a GC alumna) and working at the Gluck Research Center.
Having just finished submitting her vet school applications, she is now spending her time focusing on classes and enjoying senior year while she waits for the results.
Reflecting back on her time at Georgetown, Kellie says her favorite memory is the day several of her friends woke up early and came to support her at a horse show in the snow. Looking back, she says two of her favorite things about Georgetown are the family atmosphere of the college and the lifelong friends that she has made.