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Lydia Averette

Lydia Averette

Foods and Nutrition

Master's program helped fuel her passion for child nutrition.

Major

M.S. Foods and Nutrition - Non-Thesis

Hometown

Cary, N.C.

Activities/Honors

Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List, Regent’s Out-of-State Tuition Waiver, School Nutrition Intern at Clarke County School District, Shadowing Experience at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and at The Center for Advanced Pediatrics, UGA Student Dietetic Association member, UGA Graduate Student Association Member; Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Member, Student Host at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo

Why I chose my major

I first became interested in nutrition in high school and thought I wanted to be a sports dietitian. I was passionate about health promotion and wanted to work with athletes. However, after gaining experience in sports nutrition as well as pediatric nutrition, nutrition education, food service, and community nutrition during my B.S. program in Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University, I realized I wanted to specialize in child nutrition. I chose to further my education with a M.S. Foods and Nutrition at UGA at have had the opportunity to expand my work in child nutrition, which has solidified my desire to become a Registered Dietitian focused in pediatrics.  

What I like most about FACS

The faculty! I am so thankful for the wonderful professors and staff in FACS who have taught and supported me along the way. UGA stood out to me from the beginning when the admissions staff went above and beyond to recruit and welcome me to the master’s program. Each semester I have been fortunate to have professors who are visibly passionate about teaching and supporting each student.

Post-graduation plans

I’m moving to Durham, N.C. to begin my dietetic internship at Duke University Hospital-Pediatric Nutrition Concentration.

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