De'Janaé Hooks

Posted: September 28, 2017 6:33 AM

De'Janaé Hooks

De'Janaé Hooks, an Agricultural Education major from Chicago, Illinois, who moved to Newton County, Georgia in the eighth grade, loves the University of Georgia Tifton campus because of the atmosphere and encouraging professors. Hooks hopes to travel the world become a humanitarian aid.

About De'Janaé

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Agricultural Education

Class: 2019

Campus: Tifton

Q&A with De'Janaé

What made you choose to attend UGA? 

I chose UGA for its extensive list of majors because not a lot of schools in Georgia have the major I chose. It was either ABAC or UGA, and I chose the more prestigious one.

What made you settle on your current major?

Agriculture education is something that's always been a part of my life. I have a Caribbean grandma who loved to garden, and I loved helping her. I grew up in the city of Chicago, and there's not too much farming going on there. In the state though, Illinois, there's a lot of cows and grains.

What's your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is aquaculture because that's something I haven't been interested in before but when I'm sitting in class, it makes me want to go out and buy a fish tank.

Who's your favorite instructor?

Dr. (Jacob) Segers is going to be my favorite teacher because he seems like he's going to be a stickler about things being correct. I feel like I'm going to learn so much in his class because animal science is my specialty. Even on the first day of class, he had already blown my mind.

What's one thing you're always sure to take to class?

I would say definitely pen and paper because I couldn't take notes without them.

What's the coolest thing that has happened to you since coming to UGA Tifton?

The coolest thing has been being embraced by the faculty and staff here who are really nice and friendly. This school experience is so different than what I'm used to.

What's your favorite thing to do outside class?

Work. I love money, and those bills are not going to pay themselves, right?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself traveling the world because I want to be a humanitarian aid. Every piece of information I receive is going towards my career.

What is the best advice you have for incoming students?

I would say just stay focused. That's the key to not procrastinating.

What's one thing about yourself that sets you apart from other students?

I think I had to grow up a different way, so every little thing I'm gaining, I appreciate so much.

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