Posted: July 19, 2016 11:30 AM
The University of Georgia Tifton Campus just fit for biological science major Lolita Munoz. She enjoys learning about science and studying alongside world-renowned researchers at UGA Tifton.
Q&A with Lolita
What made you choose to attend UGA?
I wanted to attend because it wasn't too far from home. I also got a job offer and it just fit. I like that everyone was so attentive and I got to come and get to know everyone. I got to come and get to know the teachers. The teachers are one of the best parts of this school because they are willing to help you. They will meet every day with you if necessary and they take time out of their day. That is something I feel like any student would appreciate.
How many times have you changed your major? What made you settle on your current major?
I actually haven't changed my major. I've stuck with biological science. I enjoy it. I enjoy the learning of science and that's what I got interested in and it also is what I got involved in with my work. It just goes hand in hand with everything.
What exposure did you have to agriculture before coming to CAES?
I grew up around a farm and I've worked in a farm before, so I had that exposure growing up. I also went to another school that was agriculture based.
What's your favorite class and why?
My favorite class since I've been here has to be microbiology. I've gotten to learn about different diseases and how they affect your body and what antibiotics you have to take. It's definitely one of my favorite ones I've taken so far.
Which CAES instructor has been most influential?
The professors that have been the most influential to me are Dr. Peggy Ozias-Akins and Dr. Glen Harris. Since I've been here, they are the ones that I've had the most contact with and I like how they teach. They also help me through my classes.
What's the most interesting thing you've learned this year?
I've learned about GMOs and transgenic crops and the differences between them and how beneficial they are. That is definitely something that has been interesting to learn this semester.
What's one thing you're always sure to take to class?
Definitely my notebook, my lecture notes and something to write with. And coffee. You can't forget that.
What's the coolest thing that has happened to you since coming to UGA Tifton?
Recently I had the chance to go to a conference for biology students in North Carolina. It's a conference where hundreds of biology and biological science students meet and they get to present their research. I was able to present my research and represent UGA. That was pretty awesome.
What's your favorite thing to do outside class?
I like to run and I enjoy going to the gym as well as being outside with one of my friends. It's definitely a great way to relieve stress.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself in graduate school and hopefully finishing that up around that time.
What is the best advice you have for incoming students?
My best advice for incoming students is take advantage of all of the opportunities the school has to offer. Get to know your teachers and participate and try to stay on top of things, especially your schoolwork. Study as much as you can and try to do your best.
What is one thing about yourself that sets you apart from other students?
I think we all have our own unique way of handling things and trying to work with school. So I think we all have our strengths and weaknesses. I think it's important for us to just work with each other and help each other out. I think we all blend in well together.