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McKenzie Blevins

McKenzie Blevins

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

Blevins credits TMI staff, faculty members for helping chart her course

Hometown

Ringgold, Ga.

Major

Fashion Merchandising with an emphasis in Product Development and Design

Activities and Honors

Dean’s List; Graduating Cum Laude; HOPE Scholarship; Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation Scholarship; Julia Ann Simpson Elliot Scholarship; Member of Kappa Delta Sorority; Children's Miracle Network

Why I chose my major

Growing up as a contractor’s daughter has allowed me to use my passion for design and interior decorating. When I enrolled at UGA, my pursuit was surprisingly not in design or fashion merchandising. I came to UGA to pursue a degree in Speech Pathology, but I wasn’t accepted into the program. At this point in my college career I did not know what the future looked like, but God always opens the right door. I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason and my passion for design resulted in changing my major to Fashion Merchandising - Product Development & Design. After a much-needed meeting with Anne Allen, I knew this is where I was meant to be. She was the first FACS staff member I came in
contact with and has been with me every step of the way. I am so thankful for the redirection of my journey and I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.

What I like most about FACS

My time as a FACS student has been nothing short of spectacular. I have had professors who molded me into the passionate student I am today and opened so many doors for me. I consider myself lucky to have professors who have been in the industry and taught me the ropes for what lies ahead. I am grateful Dr. Sharma has shared his insight and knowledge in Product Development & Design. His instruction has given me more confidence to grow in my studies. One of my favorite parts of being a FACS student is feeling loved and cared for when I walk through the doors of Dawson Hall. The faculty and staff truly care about each student’s future. I am thankful for professors like Dr. Sharma, Dr. Clair McClure, Greg Vessels, and Dr. Yoo-Kyoung Seock, who are dedicated to make sure we have the tools for success.
 

Post-graduation plans

The next step sounds frightening to say the least. I have big dreams and goals set in the future that seem so far away due to the impact of COVID-19. After graduation in December, I plan to search for jobs within Product Development & Design. I am eager to see what God has in store for me as I close this chapter and a new one begins.

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