Kristen Phillips

Kristen Phillips

Human Development and Family Science

First-generation student said college's welcoming faculty made her feel at home


Williamson, Ga.


Human Development and Family Science / Disability Studies Certificate (Pre- Occupational Therapy)


100+ hours volunteering with people with disabilities

Former Secretary of Girl Gains girls weightlifting club

Current External Relations Chairman of Omega Tau (UGA’s Pre-Occupational Therapy Club)

Peer mentor for Destination Dawgs

Current or previous member of the following organizations: UGA Mentor Program, Human Development and Family Science Association, Child Life Organization, Phi Upsilon Omicron Honors Society, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Athens Campus Ministry, Girls in Healthcare Club

Currently a teaching assistant within the Department of Cellular Biology

340+ observation hours under an occupational therapist in the following settings: inpatient rehab, acute care, outpatient orthopedics, neurological rehab, outpatient pediatric, and a level 1 trauma facility.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because of the insight into essential life skills and contexts within families, human nature, development and relationships that it provides. Not only is the content enjoyable to study and a place where passion can grow, but the faculty make every student feel welcomed with support as if the college was a true family.

Why did you want to be a FACS Ambassador?

I wanted to become a FACS Ambassador because of how my own life complexities assist me in serving others. Coming from a very small town as a first-generation college student, I struggled with imposter syndrome and questioning my capabilities. As I connected with resources, support and my own capabilities, I realized I could thrive and succeed here.

What do you like most about FACS?

I like FACS because of how close-knit it is. It is a smaller college compared to others, but also extremely diverse. Within FACS, we have students exploring economics, human development, nutritional sciences, fashion merchandizing and more. FACS is formatted in a way that unifies the community and facilitates room for those close-knit connections.

What advice would you give to new students?

Never be afraid to reach out for support. More than likely, there are several others in your same boat. College can be a difficult time but also one where growth and understanding of identity occurs. Never doubt your abilities. You are capable of doing way more than you think, including succeeding and thriving!

What is your favorite place to study on campus?

I enjoy studying at the Main Library and the Miller Learning Center.

What is one thing you wish more people knew about FACS?

FACS is one of the most welcoming colleges on campus. Faculty are always willing to make personal relationships with you and help you succeed. Plus, our alumni are great! My personal favorite is the Dough at Dawson event they host for students during finals week

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