Contact: sarat333@uga.edu

Year in School: Senior

Hometown: St. Simons Island, GA

Major: Furnishings & Interiors

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations:

SIDA/NKBA

Order of Omega

Alpha Delta Pi Executive Board Member- Panhellenic Delegate

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

I have loved being in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. I really wanted a chance to serve as a leader for the college, have an impact on current and upcoming students like old ambassadors did for me, and give back/work with the faculty and staff who have made my experience at UGA so rewarding.

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

Leadership is vital when working with others especially in academics. I have learned to take initiative in group settings and projects as well as to speak up and make sure to always have a voice when working with a group.

What is your most memorable experience at UGA?

My most memorable experience was having the chance to intern in New York City for class credit the summer after my junior year. I was able to gain so much experience through the two months at the design firm I interned at, learning things I would have never learned in a classroom setting, and experiencing what it’s like living in a bustling city.

What is your favorite UGA or FACS tradition?

The UGA Arches; I love having a place that distinguishes those who are undergraduates and visitors from those who have graduated from UGA. It is a place to show off your UGA pride and an icon that everyone associates with the campus of UGA.

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

Do it, I would never think twice about changing out of FACS. I love the small, closeness of the college; the overlapping of faculty and students in classes; and the multiple opportunities the college offers to all of their students, giving each of their students an equal opportunity.

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

Do not be afraid to ask questions. Most freshman students find themselves very overwhelmed, intimidated, and nervous when first starting out in college. From experience, I learned to not hold back when you have a question. Asking questions helped me adapt and find my place at UGA quickly.

What are your Future plans?

I plan to graduate in the spring. I hope to work a few more years at different firms, gaining experience while figuring out where my nitch is. I hope to start my own design firm one day and be just as successful as the people I have worked/learned from in the past. 

FAST FACtS:

Best Vacation: High School Graduation Trip to Paris

Superhero: The Incredibles

Favorite Quote:  “The most important thing is to enjoy your life- to be happy – it’s all that matters” –Audrey Hepburn