Liz Hammond

Liz Hammond

Human Development and Family Science

Hammond credits HDFS with helping her think critically about her impact on the world


Thomson, Ga.


Human Development and Family Sciene


Presidential Award of Excellence; Dean Linda Kirk Fox Scholarship for Academic Excellence; Dean’s List; Presidential Scholar; Zell Miller Scholarship recipient; served as president and vice president of the Episcopal Center at UGA; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society; member of the UGA Women’s Glee Club; Arch Ready Professionalism Certificate; Family Life Educator Certificate; Graduating Summa Cum Laude

Why I chose my major

I chose my major, because I knew that it would give me the theoretical background and best practices for understanding how to work with children and families in a way that highlights their strengths. In HDFS we talk a lot about how people are the experts of their own lives. This is a philosophy that I strongly believe and want to prioritize in my future career. Human Development and Family Science emphasizes the contexts in which we develop, which is crucial to gaining a holistic picture of someone’s life. This major has helped me to critically think about my impact on the world at every systems level and I am better because of the ways that this content has challenged me.

What I like most about FACS

My favorite part about FACS is the incredible relationships that I have made with my peers and my professors! It is clearly evident that the faculty are passionate about what they teach and that they are deeply dedicated to student success. Every class I have taken has pushed me to become a better person and has equipped me with the knowledge that I need to be successful as an advocate for others.

Post-graduation plans

My post-graduation plan is to attend law school at the University of Georgia starting in the fall! I am excited to pursue a career as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. 

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