Name: Carin Booth                                    Email: boothc@uga.edu

Major: FACS Education                            Occupation: FACS Extension Agent

Business and Job Title: UGA Extension, Hall County

What is your fondest memory of your time spent in the college?

My fondest memory is my time spent as a student ambassador. I was able to connect with professors and staff members on a different level outside the classroom. They poured into me both on a personal and educational level. I know they cared about my success and I continue to keep in touch with them. I know those relationships are what lead me to apply for the Alumni Board. It is so important to me to connect current students with opportunities to make those relationships and get the most from their college experience. It was also a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with students outside my major who shared a passion for our college. I know this is my opportunity to give back to the college who provided so much for me.

How did FACS prepare you for your career?

FACS provided real world experiences through the classes and professors I was able to learn under. The professors had so much wisdom to share and truly prepared me to be successful in my career as a FACS teacher. Each class was so relevant and I continually find myself thinking back on those classes and being thankful that I had that type of preparation. I know that teaching is my calling and I am forever grateful to the College of FACS for providing the perfect avenue to act on that calling.

Why do you give to FACS/UGA?

I give to FACS because of all it has given and continually gives to me. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think back on my time there and know that is was the perfect place for me. I want other students to have the wonderful experiences I was fortunate enough to have. Since FACS is a small college, it gives that ‘home’ environment that many students are searching for. If my gift can help someone find their home at such a large university, it is worth every penny.

What is the best advice you can share with current FACS students?

No matter how insignificant you may feel in a sea of students, make it a priority to introduce yourself and connect with the professors, the dean and staff. You will never know the opportunities you might have missed if you don’t put yourself out there. And, be passionate about what you are doing. There are so many people who are in careers they are using to pass the time. Make sure you find what makes you want to wake up each morning and feel like you are making a difference. Then, you will know you have found your calling. I am forever indebted to FACS for helping me discover and foster that calling.

Tags: leadership, alumni