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IVY ODOM

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Moultrie, Georgia

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Family and Consumer Sciences

Major

Consumer Journalism and Spanish

Why did you choose to attend UGA?
I’ve bled red and black since the day I was born, so when applying to college I didn’t really have a back up plan. It was always my only option. In the words of Larry Munson “there is no tradition more worthy of envy, no institution worthy of such loyalty as The University of Georgia”. Everywhere else just can’t compare.
What is your most memorable UGA experience or memory?
Everyday I’m in Athens I think I have another “most memorable moment” experience, but it’s not everyday you can say you lived in Spain while you worked on your degree from the University of Georgia. Two summers ago I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad with the UGA en España: Cádiz program. I traveled through Europe and Africa and learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. It was the opportunity of a lifetime and will always be at the top of my list of most memorable experiences.
What is your favorite campus setting and why?
Being a Consumer Journalism and Spanish double major, I spend my time going back and forth between North and South campus. When I have a long enough break between classes, I love to skip the bus and take a walk down Sanford Drive from the Million Dollar Stairs all the way to Dawson Hall. It’s where my two worlds meet and where I always find myself still amazed (after four years) that I’m actually here at the University of Georgia.
What student organizations are you involved in?
College of Family and Consumer Sciences Ambassadors; Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; Shop with a Bulldawg; Alumni and Associates of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
What are your career plans/aspirations?
When I tell people that I’m a Spanish and Consumer Journalism double major, they look at me like I’m crazy and ask what the two have in common. The answer is not much. Finding a career that brings my two passions together has been half the fun of my time in college. Upon graduation, I plan on attending culinary school in the metro-DC area and then hopefully get a job as a contributor for a magazine, through writing and working in a test kitchen. Eventually, I would love to go out on my own and do freelance cooking events and publish my own bilingual cookbooks.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I will have my two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia, and a Culinary Arts degree from one of the top culinary schools in the US. I hope to then begin my career in the field of food and travel writing by working for a magazine or in a test kitchen.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does”. I’ve been living by this advice for as long as I can remember, so I was really excited when I recently found this quote by the philosopher William James. Everything I do, no matter how big or small it may be will make a difference in the world. My job is to make that difference a positive one. Using my love for travel, food and Spanish I will strive to bring people together through the universal language of food. I hope to develop a cooking class that teaches people about food preparation and nutrition around the world. I would also love to provide more accessible nutrition education for Spanish speakers in the United States. It’s small steps like these that will make a positive change to bring our world together.
What message would you like to send to alumni and friends who support UGA financially?
Everyday I walk on the campus of the University of Georgia, I’m so thankful that I’ve gotten the opportunity to be a student here. However it’s because of generous donors like you that I’m able to be more than just a student. I’ve had amazing opportunities to participate in and lead student organizations, study in a foreign country, make friendships that will last a lifetime, maintain a GPA worthy of Presidential Scholar and Dean’s List status, and even pursue two undergraduate degrees, without bearing a financial burden. So THANK YOU. Because of you the past three years have been the best of my life. Because of you I’ve been inspired to strive to pay it forward and become a financial supporter of UGA in the coming years. But most of all, because of you I can yell Go Dawgs. Thank you.
Names of scholarship awards you have received?
Zena Costa Brown Scholarship; Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship; Elise Bray Richie Scholarship; Julia Ann Simpson Elliot Scholarship
What has your scholarship meant or enabled you to do?
The scholarships I’ve received have allowed me to spend more time serving in student organizations doing the things I love and focus on maintaining a Presidential Scholar/Dean’s List GPA, instead of worrying about paying for school. I’ve been singing the words “glory, glory to old Georgia” for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I became a student here that these words began to have a deeper meaning. To give glory means to give everything you can to something, and with my scholarships I am able to give even more to the institution I love.