Name: Geoffrey Bell                                 Email:

Major: B.S. Consumer Economics        Occupation: Marketer

Business and Job Title: AppVault, LLC ; Marketing Manager

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

Two things come to mind. First, I really enjoyed working in groups with other students on projects for class. Of course, there are standard tests to be taken and papers to be written individually, but often times I worked in study groups and projects that were in a team setting. That really opened up my personality and ability to communicate with people I didn’t previously know. I met some great people that I stay in touch with to this day! Secondly, I recall having an excellent teacher in Dr. Carswell. He was so personable and easy to talk with. We quickly established a great student-teacher relationship. He made difficult concepts easy to understand and I retained the knowledge. I’m super appreciative of that. I hope he knows that!

How did FACS prepare you for your career?

A basic understanding of Economics is key to most, if not all, business decisions and industries. When you graduate, you don't really know what your next step is other than to try to get a job. Being able to jump into an entry-level position with foundational knowledge of business is key to performing well; even if you don’t fully understand the concepts of your new job. You’ll learn as you go along and hope you have a good boss to help you through the difficult time.

Why do you give to FACS/UGA?

I give because it means more to me now than it did as a student. Obviously, I have more discretionary money after 10 years of working, but if I can make a difference in one student being able to purchase a textbook or not, having a hot meal, gaining exposure to real world scenarios, or anything that can ensure they are successful at FACS and graduate; I feel like it's my obligation to do so. Especially as a FACS graduate!

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

Go to class. It’s really that easy. Don't just go, but go and listen, engage, and participate in the topics being covered. I think knowledge is easier to retain in a classroom setting. Studying, cramming, reading cliff-notes, and cheap ways to try to understand concepts is inefficient and irresponsible. Yes, Athens is a fun town, yes, there are temptations. Your duty is to be a student first. STUDENT FIRST. Everything else will come into place when the timing is right. The remainder of your adult life depends on your ability to graduate from UGA/FACS. Everything changes once you have your degree. Don’t risk not getting it on a few night out on the town. It’s not worth it.

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