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RTB Acworth - A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

If you're looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Acworth, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails - they'll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Acworth, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.

Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you're organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we've seen and done it all, and we're here to serve you as well.

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Here's a quick snapshot of what we can do for you:

Full-Service Packages

Full-Service Packages

we'll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we're done. We'll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.

Brand Activations

Brand Activations

Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don't just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Acworth. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.

Weddings

Weddings

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you'll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We've got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest's glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.

Mobile Bar Rentals

Mobile Bar Rentals

If you're looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Acworth, look no further than RTB. We've built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we'll handle every detail - from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.

Bartenders

Bartenders

Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Acworth, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.

Why Choose Raising the Bar?

RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn't just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party - we're here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we're here to help.

At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.

Bar Rentals in Acworth, GA

The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there's an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup - bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.

We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Acworth. Our doesn't just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.

Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:

  • Set Up Bar Rental
  • Handle Purchase Orders
  • Arrange for Alcohol Delivery
  • Ensure Bar is Stocked
  • Maintain Excellent Quality Control
  • Provide Fully Trained, Fun Bartenders
  • Provide Cash Control and Inventory Management
  • Custom Cocktail Creation
  • Provide a Fun, Memorable Bar Rental Experience
  • Collect Glassware After Event Ends
  • Break Down Bar and Clean Up After Event Ends
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Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn't provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.

At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can't go wrong with Raising the Bar.

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Benefits of Bar Rentals in Acworth

We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We're in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our bar rentals in Acworth:

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company's logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout - we'd love to hear what you're thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.

Less Stress

Less Stress

Planning a party can be a blast, that's for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go - from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You've got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the "nitty-gritty" while you focus on enjoying your event.

Save Money

Save Money

Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.

Bartender Staffing in Acworth, GA

At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won't suck the life out of your party - we'll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.

 Bar Rentals & Bartender Staffing Acworth, GA

Curious what kind of events our bartenders can help cover?

Here are just a few of our specialties:
 Portable Bar Rental Acworth, GA
Bartenders for Weddings in Acworth

We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say "I Do" without worrying about your drink service.

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Bartenders for Corporate Functions in Acworth

RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.

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Bartenders for Social Gatherings in Acworth

Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.

 Mobile Bar Service Acworth, GA
Bartenders for Private Events in Acworth

Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you're thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.

Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more "out of the box" events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mixology Classes
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Beer and Wine Sommelier
  • Bourbon Master
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Build Your Own Mule Bar
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Concessions Services in Acworth, GA

In addition to bar rentals in Acworth, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event

For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Acworth's most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.

 Bartenders For Events Acworth, GA

We're Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

Ready to learn more about how Raising the Bar can transform your boring party into a fun, exciting party?

Our team of experts is ready to help you get started. Contact our office in Acworth today at 404-826-5945. Before you know it, you'll be sipping a craft cocktail next to a branded bar rental while your guests rave about your amazing event.

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Cleveland State Lacrosse Receives Five ASUN Awards; Including Matthews as Freshman of the Year

ATLANTA, Ga. – After Cleveland State concluded their first season in the ASUN, three members of the Vikings men's lacrosse team were honored with postseason awards from the conference Wednesday, with Gannon Matthews, Amiri Austin, and ...

ATLANTA, Ga. – After Cleveland State concluded their first season in the ASUN, three members of the Vikings men's lacrosse team were honored with postseason awards from the conference Wednesday, with Gannon Matthews, Amiri Austin, and Matt Manfredi all earning recognition.

Matthews was named the 2022 Freshman of the Year, First Team honoree, and All-Freshman team member. Amiri Austin was also named to the All-Freshman squad. For his off-the-field accolades, Matt Manfredi earned a spot on the All-Academic team.

Gannon Matthews | Freshman | Midfield | Eagle, Idaho | Freshman of the Year | First Team All-Conference | All-Freshman Team Matthews, a freshman from Eagle, Idaho, becomes the first Viking in program history to earn conference awards. Matthews played in all 13 games, finishing with 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points. He recorded a point in every game and had a season-best five points against VMI with two goals and three assists. In conference play, he totaled six goals and eight assists. In addition, he had nine ground balls, and one caused turnover.

Amiri Austin | Freshman | Attack | Acworth, Ga. | All-Freshman Team Austin, a freshman from Acworth, Georgia, appeared in all 13 games for the Green and White. Austin boasted five goals and six assists for 11 points. In ASUN play, he put up three goals and five assists for eight points. He contributed points in four of the five conference games with a season-best one goal and two assists against Detroit.

Matt Manfredi | Senior | Midfield | Las Vegas, Nev. | All-Academic Team Manfredi, a senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, holds a GPA of 3.85 and has been named to the President's List four times and Dean's List five times. Manfredi is a team captain for the Vikings and is also a member of SAAC and serves as the team's community service chairman. He is an important contributor to the Cleveland State community, setting up an after-school program at the Urban Community School and organizing an event for the Cleveland Food Bank. On the field, Manfredi played in ten games with a goal and an assist.

2022 ASUN Men's Lacrosse Honors Unanimous Player of the Year: Tyler Bradbury, Utah Defensive Player of the Year: Sammy Cambere, Utah Midfielder of the Year: Jake Boudreau, Robert Morris Freshman of the Year: Gannon Matthews, Cleveland State Unanimous Coach of the Year: Andrew McMinn, Utah

ASUN First Team All-Conference GK: Jason Rose, Air Force D: Quentin Carlile, Air Force D: Jon Robbins, Bellarmine D: Sammy Cambere, Utah MF: Benny O'Rourk, Bellarmine MF: Gannon Matthews, Cleveland State MF: Jake Boudreau, Robert Morris A: Brandon Dodd, Air Force A: Corson Kealey, Robert Morris A: Tyler Bradbury, Utah

ASUN Second Team All-Conference GK: Zion Dechesere, Utah D: Bo Columbus, Robert Morris D: Owen Down, Robert Morris D: Cole Brams, Utah MF: Brenden Crouse, Air Force MF: Denton Macdonald, Bellarmine MF: Josh Rose, Utah A: Kyle Playsted, Bellarmine A: Taggart Clark, Robert Morris

ASUN All-Freshman Team Gannon Matthews, Cleveland State Weston Peene, Air Force Kyle Griffith, Air Force Alexander Stepney, Air Force Aidan Fearn, Bellarmine Brady Long, Bellarmine Justin Wescoat, Bellarmine Amiri Austin, Cleveland State Nat Randall, Robert Morris Colby Plotts, Utah

Why Termite Inspections In The Acworth Area Are Worth Every Penny

An ounce of prevention can save you lots of money in the long run and keep your home safe from damage.Every year, termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage, and property owners spend over $2 billion treating these destructive pests. Preventing an infestation can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars out of your own pocket since ...

An ounce of prevention can save you lots of money in the long run and keep your home safe from damage.

Every year, termites cause billions of dollars of structural damage, and property owners spend over $2 billion treating these destructive pests. Preventing an infestation can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars out of your own pocket since many insurance companies will not cover termite damage. The destruction can be extensive, requiring repairs to structural beams, windows and even interior wall framing, which is why it's vital to have a professional termite inspector visit your home annually.

Fortunately, Thumbtack — a convenient home services app used by millions — makes it easier than ever to find top-rated termite inspectors in the Acworth area. Each pro on Thumbtack has their own profile with price information, allowing you to find a termite inspector who works within your budget.

While the cost for inspection will vary depending on various factors — such as your home's size, if there are hard-to-reach areas and whether you have additional outbuildings to inspect — the average fixed cost for a termite inspection in the greater Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA region is $118, according to data obtained by Thumbtack.

Clearly, the cost of an annual termite inspection is a small price to pay when you consider just how costly the damage of an untreated infestation can be. Here are some top-rated termite inspectors in the Acworth area.

After your termite inspection is complete, you can use Thumbtack to connect with other pros in the Acworth area to complete nearly any job on your list. You can hire a house cleaner, landscaper, plumber, HVAC technician and just about any other professional who is ready to help you knock out your home maintenance tasks. Thumbtack pros even have reviews, so you know exactly what other Acworth community members thought of their services.

Need to hire a professional termite inspection service in the Acworth area? Let the pros at Thumbtack help you get the job done!

Pricing data is based on projects requested on Thumbtack in the past 24 months as reported directly by the independent service professional or individual consumer.

Overturning of Roe v. Wade would jumpstart Georgia’s Heartbeat Law

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - If the U.S. Supreme Court removes the Constitutional right to abortion, as suggested in a leaked draft opinion published by Politico, it would pave the way for Georgia’s Heartbeat Law – one of the strictest abortion laws in the country – to take effect.In 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law. It prohibits most abortions after a heartbeat can be detected in the womb, ...

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - If the U.S. Supreme Court removes the Constitutional right to abortion, as suggested in a leaked draft opinion published by Politico, it would pave the way for Georgia’s Heartbeat Law – one of the strictest abortion laws in the country – to take effect.

In 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law. It prohibits most abortions after a heartbeat can be detected in the womb, meaning as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy when many women aren’t even aware they’re pregnant.

Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth sponsored the bill in the Georgia General Assembly. “Our bill not only protected them [the unborn] from abortion but also gave them full rights as any other person,” Setzler said. “Under the Georgia bill, unlike any other bill in the nation, moms in utero could get child support from dads if the dad is not present. Parents you get a full tax exemption like any other family. If mom and dad are pregnant with their second child, they are four family members, not three family members.”

That law has yet to take effect because it was paused through an injunction order by a federal appeals court. If the Supreme Court indeed overturns the landmark 1973 abortion ruling Roe v. Wade, the Heartbeat Law likely would take effect soon afterward.

“If this opinion is in place and there are other motions that need to be filed I know the AG’s office is staying the course on this,” Setzler said adding that the heartbeat law may not take long to go into effect after a favorable Supreme Court ruling. “I think we can be proud that that would go into effect relatively shortly after across our state.”

Attorney General Chris Carr wrote in a statement to CBS46, “We will reserve comment until the U.S. Supreme Court has issued its official decision. In the meantime, we will continue to vigorously defend Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill in federal court.”

“This is the moment that so many of us have prayed for so many years,” said Suzanne Guy, president and founder of a Cherokee County-based nonprofit organization called Life Initiatives & Values.

For her, the rights of the unborn are personal.

“Three doctors insisted that my husband and I abort our daughter who is now 24 years old and doing great and leading the charge with pro-life,” said Guy.

She was thrilled to learn that the leaked draft opinion, though unconfirmed, appears to show the Supreme Court is poised to send decisions about abortion laws back to the states.

Abortion rights advocates are concerned abortion access is about to be extremely limited in nearly half the country.

Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, told CBS46, “the implications are absolutely seismic for women, their families, for everyone in Georgia.”

“Are you going to sit back as the rights of women and girls to control their lives, their bodies, and their destinies by a fascist majority on the Court?” asked Sunsara Taylor, spokesperson for a pro-choice group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights. “Or are you going to raise your voice and raise hell and get in the streets and fight with all we’ve got to stop this from happening?”

Democrats were quick to seize on the abortion issue amid lackluster internal polling ahead of the midterm elections.

“I’ll always fight to protect a woman’s right to choose,” said U.S. Senator from Georgia Rafael Warnock, the lead pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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Aloha Poke Co. Opens in Atlanta

Aloha Poke Co., the fast-casual poke restaurant concept, announced its Atlanta location is now open for business. The brand’s newest restaurant is the first in the Atlanta market and is owned and operated by local entrepreneur and franchise veteran Randy Elias and is located at 3348 Cobb Parkway in Acworth.This venture marks the first Aloha Poke Co. fast-casual eatery in the state of Georgia, with plans to open locations throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. Aloha Poke Co.&rsqu...

Aloha Poke Co., the fast-casual poke restaurant concept, announced its Atlanta location is now open for business. The brand’s newest restaurant is the first in the Atlanta market and is owned and operated by local entrepreneur and franchise veteran Randy Elias and is located at 3348 Cobb Parkway in Acworth.

This venture marks the first Aloha Poke Co. fast-casual eatery in the state of Georgia, with plans to open locations throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. Aloha Poke Co.’s Atlanta opening signals a surge in growth for the popular poke brand and follows major growth in Texas and other states. Aloha Poke Co.’s success is built on the concept’s customer-centric brand promise to offer fast, fresh-packed sashimi-grade seafood along with other unprocessed, natural ingredients.

“Aloha Poke Co. is thrilled to open in Georgia,” said Chris Birkinshaw, CEO, Aloha Poke Co in a statement. “We are happy that the people of Atlanta and surrounding communities now have access to healthier fast casual food options while staying on-the-go with busy lives. At a time of continued awareness around the quality and healthfulness of fast-casual menus, our poke bowls are made from delicious, nutritious, and natural ingredients.”

Randy Elias joins the Aloha Poke Co. brand with a more than twenty-year career in fast-casual franchising. Elias’ portfolio includes several Moe’s Southwest Grills in the Acworth and Cartersville communities along with other fast casual ventures. Elias sought out Aloha Poke Co. franchising to simplify his franchise portfolio and was attracted to the brand’s franchise development program, the projected return on investment, the efficiency of operations, and low labor requirements.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first guests into Atlanta’s first Aloha Poke Co. restaurant,” says Elias. “I have seen many different franchise concepts that require complex back-of-house build outs and cooking staff. Most are now experiencing the strain caused by current labor issues, economic turmoil, and supply chain challenges. Aloha Poke Co.’s brand development strategy and buildout require much less to start and maintain, while still offering an attractive return on investment year-over-year.”

With the pandemic sharply accelerating convenience trends, restaurateurs and brands must anticipate customers’ needs post-COVID. As multi-unit, multi-brand franchisees seek to craft the most profitable franchise portfolio, many have turned to diversification to maximize returns. Since the pandemic, this diversification strategy has often turned to simplification, especially for restaurateurs faced with ongoing challenges associated with untenable shortages of line cooks, servers, and kitchen staff and an unpredictable, upside-down supply chain.

Based in Chicago, Aloha Poke Co. operates 19 locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Washington, D.C. In addition to the brand’s responsibly sourced menu and simple, efficient operations.

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.

Graduation Week 2022: Soon-to-be dermatologist excited to connect with patients, set an example for future doctors

On Match Day, March 18, Shantelle Griffith walked out onto the field at SRP Park during the ceremony with her husband, Kenny, and their two children, dressed as Pixar’s first family of superheroes, The Incredibles.The suits were a perfect symbol, not only for Griffith, but also for the entire Class of 2022 from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. A ...

On Match Day, March 18, Shantelle Griffith walked out onto the field at SRP Park during the ceremony with her husband, Kenny, and their two children, dressed as Pixar’s first family of superheroes, The Incredibles.

The suits were a perfect symbol, not only for Griffith, but also for the entire Class of 2022 from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. A quote by Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl, from the movie rings true for Griffith and her classmates: “You have more power than you realize. Don’t think, and don’t worry. If the time comes, you’ll know what to do. It’s in your blood.”

Griffith, who will receive her Doctor of Medicine degree this week from MCG, has always known she wanted to go into medicine because she has always had the desire and passion to help people.

“I wanted to do something that I enjoyed, and science was that something,” Griffith said. “I also wanted to have the aspect of helping people and being there for them when they’re at their most vulnerable. I want to try to bring some joy to someone’s life, even when it seems too difficult.”

When it came time to look at med school, Griffith – who earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2015 and her Master of Science in Medical Sciences in Biology in 2018 from Georgia State University – wanted to go somewhere renowned not only for excellent medical education but also for having a diverse and inclusive environment. It was easy to see MCG was where she wanted to be.

“MCG is known for their inclusive environment and the great education that you get,” Griffith said. “When I was telling the physicians I worked with as a scribe that I had an interview at MCG, they all said, ‘They make great doctors.’ ‘That’s awesome.’ ‘That’s amazing.’ It just made me feel good about going to this program, and then I attended the Igniting the Dream conference that they hold over the summer, and it just seemed like a cohesive family. It was just very welcoming, and I could see myself here every day.

“I think the support that I have here has been amazing,” Griffith continued. “No matter how farfetched my dream was, no matter how unlikely things may have seemed at times, no matter how hard everything was, I always felt that between the faculty, my classmates and then my village at home, I always felt supported and I always felt that I could succeed. Whenever I doubted myself, there has always been someone there to say, ‘No, you can do it.’ The people and this environment that was cultivated, it has just been a blessing, and that’s what makes MCG so unique. Yes, the buildings are new and nice. The campus is nice, but if the people inside those aren’t nice, then it kind of defeats the purpose and I feel like MCG has really good, awesome people.”

While at MCG, Griffith has excelled and reveled in the challenges of working toward earning her doctorate, but like so many over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic caused some obstacles for her and her classmates to overcome.

For the first time in MCG history, classes had to be split into smaller groups for instruction, but in hindsight that may have enabled the medical students to become even closer.

“During COVID I was supposed to be doing a dedicated study for Step One. It’s a really important test that can determine what kind of specialist you can be,” Griffith said.

“It comes with a lot of pressure, but because of COVID, my two kids were at home the whole quarantine, so I didn’t get my dedicated study times all the time. I had to study around the extra attention they needed. It was a big struggle trying to balance taking care of them and studying, but looking back I’m really proud of myself and I showed myself how strong I could be. COVID also taught us all how to go with the flow better. Going from in person to online and back to in person wasn’t really that much of a hassle; it was really more so having to learn to better balance home life with work and studying.”

Her desire to help people led Griffith to want to go into one of the most competitive subspecialties: dermatology. And on Match Day, she found out she had matched to her No. 1 choice, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Griffith has dreamed of becoming a doctor since she was young. Once she graduates from MCG, she will be one step closer to becoming a dermatologist.

“It was a dream come true on Match Day because dermatology is what most interests me,” Griffith said. “I like the aspect of knowing a lot about a specialized topic, and dermatology gives you a unique aspect in that you can help patients not just with their physical ailments but also psychologically.

“If someone has acne or psoriasis or something that’s not understood well by the general public, you can become self-conscious and not live to your full potential. Being a dermatologist gives me a way to treat the whole patient. Sometimes you just need someone there to kind of hold your hand while you’re going through it, and that’s a unique relationship that we can have with our patients.”

Matching with her first choice is even more impressive considering the statistics in Griffith’s chosen profession of dermatology. In 2019, there were just 309 Black female dermatologists listed in the United States, making up 2.86% of all dermatologists according to a story by the Augusta Chronicle.

On top of matching with her first choice, Griffith will be staying close to her home of Acworth, Georgia, for her first year, interning at WellStar Kennesaw Medical Center in Kennesaw before spending the following three years in Pennsylvania.

Being able to have her family beside her – both literally on Match Day and figuratively during her education – has meant the world to Griffith.

“I am so lucky and grateful to have my family behind me. I do not take anything that they have done for me for granted because I could not have gotten this far without them,” Griffith said. “I don’t have enough words to say how happy and how grateful I am. I just want to thank them for being there for me. Thank you for letting me be here.”

Augusta University’s Spring 2022 Commencement ceremonies will be held Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13. Thursday’s ceremony will honor graduate students, and Friday’s ceremonies will honor undergraduate students. Watch the events via livestream.

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