Name: Chase Lawrence                                Email:

Major: Housing & Consumer Economics      Occupation: Commercial Real Estate

Business and Job Title: CollegeTown Properties, Founder & President

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

Having the flexibility to figure things out on my own terms and my own time.  Once you graduate you immediately lose the casual nature of being able to learn and find what you enjoy doing.  Everything in the “real world” is a tradeoff.  If you’re saying “yes” to one commitment you’re saying “no” to another.  While in school you have so much more freedom to explore what interests you.

How did FACS prepare you for your career?

The faculty of FACS was invaluable in giving me the confidence and energy to pursue what I wanted to do.  They gave me the attention that proved vital to honing in on what I had a passion for and wanted to commit my professional career to.  FACS also had an amazing way of connecting students with active professionals in the industries that interested them.  I can recall numerous classes where Real World professionals, local to Athens would come in and speak and offer feedback in one-on-one dialogues where students could engage.  That exchange really helps to answer questions and help students decide if the course they have in mind is actually right for them. 

Why do you give to FACS/UGA?

I feel connected - simple as that.  It’s a place for students with a focus on students.  I appreciate that, and now starting to raise a family it’s an environment where I would feel very comfortable and confident to have my children learning in.  FACS just consistently adds faculty that care and have a vested interest in the learning experience. 

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

Find your course and stay it.  There is an epidemic in the modern working world of hopping from job to job and even industry to industry.  You have to become an expert to be valuable in anything you pursue.  You can’t become an expert until you’ve logged the hours and learned the craft.  It’s so disappointing to see talented young people float from one opportunity to another mostly driven by trivial changes to income.  I can recall my first opportunities paying so little that it was embarrassing by today’s standard.  However, those were the opportunities that because I used them to build connections and learn the industry, proved to be invaluable to my career later.  Early on it’s more about the “learn” then the “earn”.  Earnings will come later but you have to sow before you reap and that’s a lesson that just hasn’t been learned yet by so many.  It is as competitive as ever right now in the professional world.  There is incredible talent everywhere and opportunity everywhere.  You simply won’t stand out until you prove you’re invaluable in very specific ways and to do that you have to learn and be proficient in everything about that area. 

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