Student Stories

MARY CATHERINE CROMLEY

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Brooklet, GA

School

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Major

Agricultural and Applied Economics

Why did you choose to attend UGA?
Ever since I was a little girl, I've always dreamed of attending the University of Georgia. In addition to the strong tradition my family has of attending UGA, it also houses one of the top agricultural colleges in the country. Given my passion for agriculture and love for UGA, I knew that the University of Georgia was the right choice for me.
What is your most memorable UGA experience or memory?
Believe it or not, the most memorable experience I have had at UGA actually took place in Uruguay, not Athens. My study abroad experience has been by far the most memorable experience -- with my first home football game as a student being a close second! Being able to experience the Uruguayan culture and learn more about their agricultural industry was truly a once in a lifetime experience that I will always be grateful for.
What is your favorite campus setting and why?
My favorite campus setting would have to be Sanford Stadium on a Saturday in Athens. There's nothing quite like cheering on and watching the Bulldogs win from the student section! The energy and passion of the crowd is tremendous and unlike anything else that you will experience.
What student organizations are you involved in?
I am currently serving as an ambassador for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Club, UGA Miracle, and UGA Relay for Life.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After graduating from UGA next spring, I hope to obtain employment in a Congressional office of a member within the Georgia Delegation in Washington, D.C., to work on agricultural policy or to work in the public relations sector of an agricultural company or commodity group.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
In general, today's society is extremely disconnected from "farm life" and agriculture as a whole. Most people have either a very idealistic view of a farm as a perfect place with a red barn and a few cows or a very negative view, where they believe farmers are ruining the soil and pose a threat to human health. I hope to make a positive difference in the world by helping to change the public perception of family farms and agriculture into a more accurate and positive one.
What message would you like to send to alumni and friends who support UGA financially?
Thank you for all of your support, financially and otherwise! It truly means so much to me as a student that there are people out there, most of whom I have never had any contact with, that are rooting for me to succeed. The University of Georgia is an amazing place and I would not be here without your support. THANK YOU!
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