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Olivia Taylor

Olivia Taylor

Foods and Nutrition

Taylor hopes to apply passion for nutrition toward community enrichment efforts.

Major

M.S. in Foods and Nutrition

Hometown

Macon, Ga.

Activities/Honors

Graduate Research Assistant – my research focuses on the current youth hands-on cooking programs offered in Georgia Cooperative Extension and what factors affect these programs, Graduate Student Organization Treasurer; Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship, Elsie Bray Richie Endowment

Why I chose my major

My first memorable experience with how food can impact the body was the Snickers bar and Mountain Dew my dad used to give me before my elementary basketball games. What we coined as “go juice” would provide a sugar rush that was usually followed by muscle cramps. Since that early lesson, I have continued to learn of the diverse ways food can affect the body. Nutrition can play a role in disease prevention, treatment and recovery, and this is one aspect that initially drew me to the field. It is also the perfect combination of everyday life choices and clinical healthcare, and ultimately, I hope that by pursuing a degree in nutrition, I will be better prepared to help my community.

What I like most about FACS

One of the first things that stood out to me about FACS was the welcoming and kind environment fostered here. Coming from a different undergraduate university, I was slightly anxious about starting somewhere new in a department that was unknown to me. However, from the very first department lunch, I knew that I made the right choice. From day one, each person I have encountered in the college has been welcoming, friendly, and made me feel right at home. My time in FACS has gone by entirely too quickly, and I am so thankful for my experience here.

Post-graduation plans

After graduation, I plan on taking the Registration Examination for Dietitians and pursuing a career in pediatrics.

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