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Sage Royston

Sage Royston

Foods and Nutrition

Royston developed an early passion for investigating the relationship between food and health

Hometown

Blairsville, Ga.

Major

Nutrition Science. Minor: Public Health

Activities and Honors

Director of UGA Student Government Association’s First-Year Forum; Peer Leader for First Year Forum; Member of First Year Forum; Undergraduate Researcher for Social Psychology of Research Experiences and Education team; Student Assistant for Georgia 4-H State Office; Study Group Facilitator for the Department of Academic Enhancement; Member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society; Member of Georgia 4-H Counselor Association; BeWell Peer Ambassador for the University Health Center; Mentor for UGA’s Inspire and Shop with a Bulldog; Ghana Service Learning Study Abroad 2019; Impact Service Learning program 2017; Presidential Scholar; Dean’s List; Zell Miller Scholarship Recipient; Office of Experiential Learning Scholarship Recipient; Georgia 4-H FACS Scholarship Recipient; Georgia 4-H Counselor Alumni Scholarship Recipient; Marihope Troutman Flatt International Study Scholarship Recipient; Graduating Summa Cum Laude

Why I chose my major

I applied to the University of Georgia as a Nutrition Science major in 2015 and never had the slightest inclination to change it. In 2011, my 11-year-old brother was misdiagnosed. Unbeknownst to my family and I, he was in the early stage of Type 1 diabetes. He wasted away until he was in such severe diabetic ketoacidosis that he was transported to Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. Always scientifically inclined, I felt a deep desire to understand his illness. I was watching Khan Academy videos on insulin pathways as a 14-year old, desperately trying to understand the illness. Of course, I couldn’t really comprehend much of the biochemistry as a freshman in high school, but nonetheless I was amazed by the complexity of our bodies. I developed a deep interest in and devotion to the relationship between food and health. That passion for nutrition only grew and expanded when I came to UGA. I developed a wider perspective of health and began to feel very strongly about public health nutrition and access to quality foods and education. In contrast to my assurance with my major, I changed my minor many times in the beginning of undergrad. I couldn’t make up my mind if I wanted to pursue my passion for art or jump wholly into another field. With some advice from Dr. Alex Anderson, I added the public health minor in my junior year and I couldn’t be more grateful for his help.

What I like most about FACS

In my humble opinion, FACS is the most unique and welcoming college at the University of Georgia. FACS faculty and staff put students first because they are not only passionate about what they teach, but also about who they’re teaching. In all of my FACS courses, I have felt challenged with the intention of growth, not just for the sake of the struggle. My FACS mentors have had profound impacts on my self-confidence, knowledge, and the trajectory of my future career and success. I am a strong believer in community, both academically and otherwise. With the culture of community and investment in others, FACS is a standout college at UGA. I am forever grateful to have been a part of this college and am hopeful to continue its mission of education and support to my future endeavors.

Post-graduation plans

Immediately following graduation, I will be pursuing health care jobs in Athens and working on the application process for medical school. In time, I hope to attend medical school and pursue a dual degree program to get my M.D. and MPH.

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