Major

Dietetics and Consumer Foods

Hometown

Lawrenceville, Ga. 

Activities & Honors

HOPE Scholarship, Dean’s List, Benjamin A. Gilliam Scholarship, Sharon Y. Nickols International Study Award, Family and Consumer Sciences Professionalism Certificate, Peer Nutrition Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences Student Ambassador, Student Dietetics Association, Office of International Education Peer Advisor, Serving Learning Program Study Abroad Program in Ghana, Clerical Nutrition Student for UGA Food Services, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Why did you choose your major?

When I was a kid, my parents owned a Chinese restaurant, which quickly became my second home. I spent hours observing my dad prepare delicious, traditional dishes or watching my mom interact with customers, brightening their day. This upbringing led me to pick a major that contains two things I truly love: helping others and food. I want to provide nutrition education and improve the wellness in a variety of populations, but I also want to share with them how I feel and value food – as an experience. Food is something that brings people together, and it offers an opportunity to share ideas, learn about cultures, and build relationships. Looking back through my four years at UGA, I could not imagine myself in any other major.

What do you like most about FACS?

Being in FACS really feels like being in a family. I love the closeness and personal interactions that I have with my peers, staff, and faculty. All of them have helped shape my professional and personal development. They all go out of their way to help students like me, and I feel like I can easily talk to them about my success, as well as my failures. I also love being able to come into the Dawson front office, and seeing all my friends from different types of majors within FACS. The opportunities that FACS has offered me are irreplaceable and unlike any of those in any other colleges. (Plus what other college has three full operating kitchens inside them?!)

What are your post-graduation plans? 

I am excited to start the next chapter of my life with a Dietetics Internship at Yale New Haven Hospital in September. During this time, I also plan to receive graduate credit in Human Nutrition through the University of New Haven. After my internship, I will have the credentials to take the registration examination to finally become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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