Graduate Profile Emma Siegfried
By Kristen Bailey december 11, 2017
Family Footsteps Lead to Tech
When Emma Siegfried graduates this weekend, she’ll be the latest in a line of family members who have been attending Georgia Tech for more than 100 years.
Daniel Ashley Jewell, Emma's great-grandfather, pictured in the 1910 Blueprint yearbook. Source: Georgia Tech Archives
The fourth-generation Tech student and metro Atlanta native grew up hearing about Tech and visiting campus. Even with a mom and many other family members as alumni, though, she wasn’t sure Georgia Tech was for her until she actually enrolled in Fall 2013. At a football game against North Carolina that semester, something clicked.
“Feeling the excitement and energy at the game and with everyone in the stadium, I remember feeling like, ‘OK, I can be part of this,’” she said. “It felt like home.”
Siegfried’s love of Tech spirit led her to the Ramblin' Reck Club, which she joined the following spring — also following in her mother’s footsteps.
“My mom never pushed Tech, but once I got here and joined Reck Club, she started telling me more about it,” Siegfried said. “Sharing that has been cool. I’ve even met people through Reck Club who knew my mom when they were in college.”