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2018-2019 PSO Student Scholar: Stacey Deng

Hometown: Suwanee, GA

Year: Senior

College: College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Major: Dietetics

Internship Unit: State Botanical Garden of Georgia


Have you participated in experiential learning? 

I went to Australia, where I studied global health and sustainability.

Have you had any internships? 

I was an intern for Dietetics Practicum with UGA Sports Nutrition; I made educational flyers, received orders, handled inventory, restocked fueling stations, helped the sports nutrition dietitians with whatever they needed.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

Ten years from now I see myself as a registered dietitian providing education, regarding nutrition and sustainability, somewhere outside the U.S.

Why did you apply for PSO Scholars? 

I applied for PSO Scholars because I saw the opportunity to open myself up to new experiences and enhance my leadership skills.

What excites you most about your unit? 

I am very excited about meeting people who are just as passionate about the environment as I am.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

I hope to increase my knowledge about plants, connections, public speaking skills, a greater appreciation for nature, and deeper my insight into public service outreach.

Why is service and outreach important to you? 

Nothing makes me happier than seeing the positive impact I am able to make on someone’s life.

Fun fact: 

Unpopular opinion, but I don’t like avocados. I also recently did the supertaster test, and apparently I am a supertaster.

The Public Service & Outreach Student Scholars program provides the opportunity for a select cohort of undergraduate students to explore and engage with the University of Georgia’s public service and outreach (PSO) mission. Supported by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, and administered through the Office of Service-Learning, this year-long program is intended to provide deeper understanding of PSO’s purpose, breadth, and depth through supervised service experiences with PSO and communities, to help students link their public service experiences with their career and educational goals, and to create a community of student scholars who understand the role of public service in Georgia and more broadly.

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