Caroline Cordell

Caroline Cordell

Human Development and Family Science

Cordell will pursue a career as a family nurse practitioner


Rome, Ga.


Human Development and Family Science

Minor: Spanish


Pre-Nurses Society; Presidential Scholar 2020-2021; Phi Upsilon Omicron Member 2021-2022; Dean’s List 2019-Present; involvement in Panhellenic community (President of Membership for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority); team leader for Athens Academy High School Young Life; intern at Piedmont Physicians Family Practice; Camp Skyline Ranch senior counselor; Pure Barre Athens instructor 

Why I chose my major

Before HDFS, I changed my major three times. I am passionate about many things, and choosing a major felt like putting myself in a box that was too small for my dreams. I love science and thinking critically- which pushed me towards medicine. I am relational, empathetic, and a deep thinker- which sent me towards psychology. I am attentive to detail, analytic, and a writer- which pushed me to journalism. After taking my first human development course, I realized that HDFS was all of my skills, qualities, and passions combined. It is a major that includes writing, theory, deep thinking, empathy and more, which I felt was a perfect foundation to have going into medicine after college. 

What I like most about FACS

 I remember sitting in my first seminar during orientation. The first thing the presenter said was, "if you are in this room, it likely means that you care a whole lot for other people." This is a great picture of what the heart of FACS is: a college of diverse individuals who all want to care for and help others in some way.  The inviting and accepting nature of the entire college- from the advisors, professors, and students - is what drew me in.  I felt like my concerns were listened to and truly heard, and my passions and dreams for the future were taken seriously. The faculty truly care about the heart of their students and want them to not only learn, but to be successful and take that knowledge outside of Dawson to change the lives of people in our communities. FACS has grown me in so many ways in the past four years, and I will forever be grateful for my time here. 

Post-graduation plans

I will be starting school at Emory School of Nursing in their MSN track to become a Family Nurse Practitioner! 

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