Human Development and Familly Science with a Certificate in Disability Studies


Jesup, GA

Activities & Honors

FACS Ambassador, CURO Assistantship, CARE Lab Undergraduate Research Assistant, UGA London study abroad program summer 2016, Student Employee of the Year Top 100, President’s List, Magna Cum Laude, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity Inc., HOPE Scholarship, The Anne Montgomery Haltiwanger, Sally Schley Stith and Betty Davison Garcia International Study Awards, OIE Education Abroad Scholarship, UGA Impact site leader, Hands On Haiti treasurer

Why did you choose your major?

As a freshman, I was definitely thrown out into the wild coming in as a Biological Sciences major. About halfway through my first semester I knew that I needed a change, and ultimately needed to find my place on campus. Days of searching the UGA majors website and asking around led me to Dawson Hall. The warm welcome I received along with the one on one support hooked me immediately. I chose HDFS because I knew that I wanted to impact the lives of families and children in some way, and HDFS would provide me with a strong foundation and background to choose from a variety of career paths.

What do you like most about FACS?

Diversity! I have had the privilege of completing the Disability Studies certificate, and FACS does a wonderful job of getting the word out about the program as well as supporting those who choose to pursue the certificate in addition to major courses. I also love the fact that it is a small college, so getting to know classmates, faculty, and staff is virtually inevitable! I truly believe we have the best faculty and staff on campus. Everyone is so passionate, welcoming, and genuinely excited about FACS and the students here. The professors and staff in FACS are always willing to meet with students and go the extra mile to support the student experience! I can’t talk about FACS without mentioning the Ambassador Program. I could say a million wonderful things about it, but no words would do it justice. Being an ambassador has been my favorite experience in FACS. It has given me the opportunity to know professors and alumni on a deeper level, enhanced my leadership and public speaking skills, and allowed me to bond with students whom I may never have met otherwise. This college has truly given me a space on campus in which I can take pride and be myself in, a home away from home, and a forever family in FACS.

What are your post-graduation plans?

This summer I will be studying abroad in London. In the fall I plan to complete an internship with either the CARE Lab or with the Purdue Military Extension Internship program. My goal is to get out into the world and experience as much as possible to ultimately narrow down my graduate school options.


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