Name:  Cherish Pinson                  Email: 

Major: Fashion Merchandising   Occupation:  Small Business Owner 

Business and Job Title:  The Pink Flamingo, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store; Owner  

What is your fondest memory of your time spent in the college?

I just loved being a student at UGA in general. I loved the atmosphere and spirit, especially during the Fall with football season. I loved that Dawson Hall is right on Sanford Drive in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of campus activity and I could look out the windows and see it all. I was involved in SMA and other campus organizations and enjoyed my time at Dawson Hall.

How did FACS prepare you for your career?

In addition to everything I learned in my classes, I learned how to be persistent, to not give up when the going gets tough. I learned how to work in team environments with people that I did not spend time with outside of class. I was able to meet people and network with others that I wouldn’t have ordinarily had the opportunity to meet.

Why do you give to FACS/UGA?

I give to FACS/UGA because in doing so I feel more connected to the place that I once called home. I did not have any financial support from anyone when I was in college, so I relied on scholarships and jobs to sustain me. My heart’s desire is to give back, to give other students opportunities, to maintain and improve the classrooms, supplies and facilities. I love working with college students and I love to see students who are working hard and who want to succeed. I’m happy to be a part of that process.

What is the best advice you can share with current FACS students?

Enjoy your time at UGA/FACS as much as possible. I spent so much time stressing over academics that I didn’t enjoy campus life as much as I should have. Academics are very important, but maintaining balance between mental, physical and spiritual heath is just as important and will continue to be throughout your life. When you graduate, don’t forget about the place you left. Find your own way to give back, pay it forward and support your alma mater. Get involved in the alumni association and maintain a connection. Being connected to the college has kept me young and helped me with skills I need to manage my own business. Go Dawgs! 

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