Human Development and Family Science
Greer has had a lifelong passion for working with families and children.
Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Child Life.
- Activities and Honors
Graduating Magna Cum Laude; HOPE Scholarship Recipient; FACS Lavender Family Scholarship Recipient, Walton EMC Scholarship Recipient; FACS Ambassador; Served the Child Life Organization at UGA as a Member, Vice President, and President; Member of Association of Child Life Professionals; Member of the Florida Association of Child Life Professionals; UGA Wesley Freshman Group Leader; UGA Wesley Discipler Program; Volunteered as a Baby Buddy at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Ronald McDonald Family Room Volunteer; Volunteer as a Certified Respite Caregiver at the Division of Family and Children Services; Worked as a Logistic Staff Member at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Camps; Interned at Project F.R.E.E, Interned at McPhaul Child Development Lab, Former Guest Relations Agent at Augusta National Golf Club, Interned at Children's Hospital of Georgia
- Why I chose my major
I knew coming to UGA that I wanted to be an HDFS major. I have always had a passion for working with children and families and knew I wanted to be a child life specialist. The moment I walked into FACS and my first HDFS class, I immediately knew I was in the right place with other individuals with the same passion.
- What I like most about FACS
I like the people and many diverse majors I get to interact with daily. FACS is so unique because of the diverse majors and fields inside our college, from fashion merchandising to food and nutrition and even financial planning, just to name a few. These diverse fields of study seem so different, but together we all aim to promote individuals and the community's well-being. Interacting with such a variety of professional fields allows greater insight into families ' and consumers' many unique needs. It allows us to learn how to work together to best help the individuals and communities we will serve. I love FACS, and the people are genuinely the best part of this college.
- Post-graduation plans
Through the UGA and Children's Hospital of Georgia program, I have been able to complete over 1,000-hour child life internship and will be able to sit for my child life certification exam in order to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). I plan to work as CCLS and continue supporting, educating, preparing, and facilitating normalization of children and families in the hospital environment. I will be working with children and families during hospitalization to reduce stress and anxiety while promoting the individual and family's developmental and psychosocial needs. I will get to play a part in advocating, empowering, and assisting children and families with coping skills during difficult times. I know first-hand how influential a child life specialist can be, and I look forward to the impact I will have with my patients one day.