Q&A with Breanna
What do you do at CAES?
I serve as the Director of Student and Employer Engagement but what that really means is I help students with their transition to UGA from application to acceptance and work with them to ensure they have a positive experience in CAES. I also help recruit students for CAES which includes Tifton, Griffin, and Athens and engage with students and parents. Daily, I can be found meeting with prospective students about CAES programs, traveling with ambassadors to recruitment events, speaking in schools, coordinating internships for current students, working with the career center, and meeting with potential employers for our graduates.
How do you interact with students and improve student life in CAES?
Student interaction is my favorite part of my job. While I interact with potential students at the beginning of their UGA journey, I also teach a class for our student ambassadors and help students find internships and secure employment after graduation. Ambassadors are students on campus who serve as liaisons between potential students and the college. During class, they are engaging in professional development they can practice through their duties as ambassadors. Leadership skills are developed in addition to building their resume for job opportunities after graduation.
What is your favorite thing about CAES?
My favorite part of CAES is that we love our students and want to help them succeed. We have such a rich, deep-rooted history of academic excellence all over the world. I love being able to talk with students about the quality of education they are earning from this university and specifically CAES. If you enjoy hands-on learning, there’s nothing like seining a pond in aquaculture class to learn about the different varieties of fish. Aside from the in-class activities, you are learning from professors who are also scientists. They are conducting research that is used all over the world and developing cutting-edge technology that is being used in industry. There is no better career preparation.