Contact: smdawson@uga.edu

Year in School:  Senior

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Major & Minor: Nutrition Science, Spanish Minor

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations:

President, Phi Upsilon Omicron

Fundraising Chair, Forever Young

Wellness Chair, Alpha Delta Pi

Why do you choose to be involved as a FACS Ambassador?

I chose to be a part of the Ambassador Program because I want to give back to the community that has already given so much to me. I also want to be able to tell younger and future students about the endless opportunities within the college. If they have questions, I want to be there to answer them. I cannot wait to get started with this program and work with all the wonderful people that encompass it!

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?

Through my other leadership roles on campus, I have learned a few key tips. First of all, being open to change and suggestions from your fellow peers is crucial. This is the most important part of running a team or organization. If the people are not happy, then the organization won’t function properly. I have also learned a lot about organization and commitment. Sticking to one’s word is vital for things to run smoothly, and being ahead of the game and planning early is even more beneficial.

What is your favorite UGA or FACS tradition?

There are two traditions that stick out to me the most. The first is the Georgia Florida football game that comes every year around Halloween. No matter what the rankings of each team are, the game always brings thousands of full-hearted fans ready for an exciting rivalry game. My other favorite tradition is late-night Snelling trips. Freshman year, this 24-hour food haven was perfect for calming the munchies after staying up late studying or hanging out with friends. Of course, these trips were never complete without pajamas as the chosen attire.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about changing their major to FACS?

The most important point I would want to make to a student considering moving into FACS is that they will be entering a friendly, welcoming community. The teachers are there because they want to teach and enhance the knowledge of students. Also, it is small enough to where you don’t get lost in the big picture, as one would in so many other colleges. When I transferred to FACS, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. You can distinctly point out the passion the teachers in FACS have for the topics they teach.

Best advice for a 1st year student? Transfer student?

My best advice for a first year student would be to not look too far in advance. Use this year to test the waters and find out what you are most passionate about. Try new things, say yes to everything, and don’t be afraid to change your major. Keep up with your studies of course, but enjoy yourself and be adventurous! 

What are your Future plans?

My future plans are to apply to graduate school for nursing and undergo an accelerated Masters of Science in Nursing program. From there I hope to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I then plan to undergo a certification training to become a Board-Certified Diabetes Educator. Ultimately I want to work in an Endocrinologist’s office and use my knowledge of nutrition, nursing, and diabetes to improve the health of patients with problems relating to the endocrine system. 

Quiet spot on campus? Founder’s Garden

First Car: 1999 Maroon Toyota 4Runner, aka “Rubs”

Favorite Class at UGA? FDNS 3100