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Outstanding Student - Mandi Kay

Name: Mandi Kay

Expected Graduate Date: December 2014

Degree Objective: Dietetics

What has your involvement in Rec Sports meant to you?

As a member of the Rec Sports family, my involvement has challenged me to grow as a leader, working with and for others. This opportunity has allowed me to make connections with fellow students, lend my time volunteering, and learn how to maintain a healthy balance of responsibility. Additionally, I’ve witnessed how much skill and proficiency is required to successfully manage one of the busiest facilities on this campus.

The highlight(s) of my time at UGA so far has been… getting to know the diverse range of people I’ve met here. One of my favorite aspects of UGA is that all walks of life attend this university, and I have been so blessed to enjoy the company of such a small fraction of them. The memories I’ve made here are partially influenced by the traditions that the university upholds, but most importantly the people that were there when I experienced those traditions. I absolutely believe that the Bulldog Nation is the heart and soul of this university. One memory that really sticks out in my mind is the SEC Championship versus Alabama last year when our boys put everything they had into that game and we still lost. Despite that heartbreak, the unity of the university showed that night when we met at the soccer complex to cheer them in. You would have thought they won, and to us…they did.

I chose to attend UGA because… we are THE University of Georgia. I knew I wanted to attend a college in my home state and I knew that there was no other university that would provide the opportunities that I wanted to experience during my college career. Plus, the education that I knew I would receive here could not be rivaled. UGA is large enough and diverse enough that it gives me the freedom to find and pursue my passions.

In my spare time, I like to… experience all that Athens has to offer. There is always something to do here! Whether it’s hanging out with my friends, working out and working at Ramsey, singing in the African American Choral Ensemble, or cheering on the Dawgs at a sporting event, I rarely find a boring moment.

In 10 years, I hope to be... a Registered Dietitian! I don’t really want to work in a hospital, but in this economy, anything will do. I would also love to volunteer for an organization that promotes ending world hunger and needs a Registered Dietitian to help formulate nutritious and sustainable food, such as the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). It’s very important to me to use my passions to give back to those in need.

If I had five minutes to speak to the entire population of the world with no language barriers, I would say… “Always be humble and gentle. Don’t just pretend to love other. Really love them…hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard. Uncommonly accept. Unconditionally love. Unselfishly serve.”