Finding Greatness: Tally Gunter

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2024 12:00 AM
Categories: School of Education and Behavioral Sciences | Pressroom | Students | Finding Greatness

Macon, GA


Tally Gunter, psychology major, plans to go to graduate school and pursue a career in family and marriage counseling. She is an award-winning competitive bodybuilder.

Full Name: Tally Joelle Gunter.

Age: 19.  

Hometown & Residence: Byron. 

High School: “I was homeschooled all of high school and played volleyball for Central Georgia Arts and Athletics my sophomore and junior years. Senior year I started going to the gym and competed in my first bodybuilding show.”  

Family: “I am very thankful for my supportive family and my older sister who got me into the sport of bodybuilding and getting to compete with her.”  

Employment: “I’m a full-time student and work part-time as a bartender.”

Degree Objective: Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  

Class Rank: Freshman.

Activities: “I recently competed in the Tri-City bodybuilding show in Columbus and won the bikini division.”

Career Goals: “After I graduate, I plan on going to graduate school and eventually opening my own practice for family and marriage counseling. I want to help people understand themselves better and make healthy changes in their personal lives to benefit themselves and the people they love.” 

She chose Middle Georgia State University because …  “I knew I would be close to my family and still get the education I wanted. MGA offers everything I need right now, and I have enjoyed my time here so far.”   

The greatest thing she discovered about Middle Georgia State was …  “How great the professors are and understanding that each one has an impact on your education. It has been fun meeting new professors and getting to know them throughout the semester. I appreciate their knowledge and encouragement.”   

Her greatest academic experience as a Middle Georgia State student has been … “There is no specific one just yet, but I would say the idea of college after high school used to be very scary for me. But now I have almost finished my freshman year and feel confident with my path.”  

To her, “greatness” means …  “Overcoming obstacles and being challenged. It’s when you want to give in and give up but you keep pushing because eventually you know the reward of feeling accomplished will outweigh the temptations to quit. Find your motivation and have confidence that you will be great.”

In five years … “I’ll be starting my career and focusing on how to be the best I can personally be at my job for others and myself while representing the kingdom of God. I plan to always stay in the gym whether that involves competing or not. I love the feeling of getting a good workout in and taking care of the body that God gave me.”