Chloe Weigle is the CED’s first member of the UGA Arch Society

chloeweigle-2Fifth-year University of Georgia College of Environment and Design student Chloe Weigle is a busy person these days. Besides her class work, preparing for graduation in May, and looking for opportunities when she leaves UGA, Weigle has the proud distinction of being the only CED student in history to be a member of the prestigious UGA Arch Society.

“I just wanted to do it from the beginning because it was the best way I could have imagined spending my fifth year, doing that service for the university,” said Weigle, who is getting her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. “I’m super honored. Every round that they accepted me back for another interview I was like ‘I can’t believe them.’”

The Arch Society, which was founded in 1992 and named after the most famous symbol of the university, is a unique student organization for students in their third year or higher. Members provide service to UGA as official hosts and goodwill ambassadors.

For Weigle, the transition to become an Arch Society member was an easy one since she had been a student ambassador for the CED.

“I was an ambassador for CED for two years, so that really got me interested in being in the Arch Society,” explained Weigle. “There’s a two year cap that they have for ambassadors, so I did the two years and I wanted to keep doing more.”

Weigle’s drive to serve the university and her community comes from her past experiences and her interest in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other service organizations after she graduates in May 2017.

“I did a spring break trip my freshman year that was an alternative spring break, so it was all about service and I was like, ‘Wow, I would really love to be at this place for a year if I could,’” said Weigle. “It might be really good to take a year of just service and not really worry about how much money I’m making and just more worry about nothing but the service I’m doing for someone else.”

While Weigle weighs her post-graduation plans, her commitment to the Arch Society has allowed her to not only serve the school she loves but also promote UGA to various students, parents, and alumni.

“That’s the real reason I want to do the Arch Society: to talk about UGA and show how much I love this school to other people and get them excited about it,” said Weigle with a smile. “I get to do that.”