A North Carolina native, Patrick Singletary has always wanted to attend the University of Georgia. His fanatical following of the Dawgs landed him on ESPN. Ultimately, his love of football and dogs brought him to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, where he is pursuing a degree in Biological Science. He plans to take that knowledge and passion to attend UGA’s vet school.
Q&A with Patrick
What made you choose to attend UGA?
I’ve always been a huge Georgia fan. I’ve wanted to go to UGA ever since I knew what college was, and I’ve always wanted to go to vet school at UGA too.
How many times have you changed your major? What made you settle on your current major?
I’ve changed my major once from Animal Science to Biological Science. I have always been pre-vet, but I never have been sure of what I should major in, and I decided on Biological Science because it would give me more options after graduation just in case vet school doesn’t work out for me.
What exposure did you have to agriculture before coming to CAES?
I’ve always been around agriculture but never directly involved. I’ve always had a great appreciation for agriculture even though my family members don’t have jobs in the agricultural field. I grew up in Hendersonville, NC; and it is a big apple farming area.
What's your favorite class and why?
I really enjoyed the Companion Animal Care Class I took taught by Kari Turner. I learned a lot about companion animals other than dogs. It was the most interesting class I’ve taken in college.
What's one thing you're always sure to take to class?
Other than a pencil or pen and something to take notes on, myself. Going to class is very important in general. If I ever miss class I feel completely lost, so I always make going to class a priority.
Which instructor at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has been the most influential?
Adam Davis, he is my adviser and currently is my professor for my avian reproduction class. He has been very helpful in preparing me for vet school, and I have really enjoyed his class because he makes me think in a different way. I know that his class will be very useful in the rest of my college career and in my future job as a veterinarian.
What's the most important thing you've learned this year?
I’ve learned not to stress as much. Last year when I had a busy week with school and other events I would get extremely stressed out, but this year I’ve learned to just take things one day at a time and chip away at my work, and it will soon be over. I’m still not perfect and I still stress out, but I have definitely made a big improvement.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In my third or fourth year of vet school preparing for my future career as a veterinarian.
What's the strangest or coolest thing that's happened to you at UGA?
This past fall I painted up for the USC football game along with some more of my friends, and we made it on ESPN. I got quite a few text messages from my friends from home asking if I was the “S” in “GO DAWGS!” And my parents told me they saw me too. That was a really fun game to be at too.
Favorite thing to do outside of class:
I like going to athletic events like football, basketball and baseball. I love sports, so you will most likely find me watching or playing sports myself. I also enjoy playing intramural sports.
Best advice for incoming freshmen:
Get involved, but don’t overdo it. I didn’t get as involved as I would have liked my freshman year because I was worried about stretching myself too thin with extracurricular activities and classes.
One thing about yourself that sets you apart:
I am an Eagle Scout.
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