05th Sep2011

Georgia Dawkins – Florida A&M University

by Staff

“I followed the path of my late uncle. He was the only journalist I knew growing up. I can remember seeing pictures of him with celebrities like Jamie Fox in family albums.”

C/O 2010

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Personal Contacts:


How did you decide to become a student at Florida A&M University?

I followed the path of my late uncle. He was the only journalist I knew growing up. I can remember seeing pictures of him with celebrities like Jamie Fox in family albums. I’ve known I wanted to be a journalist since the sixth grade but I was born to be a Rattler.


What professors at Florida A&M University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

The infamous Professor Kenneth Jones. He challenged me by pushing me to my limit. I often questioned my love for journalism and my will to succeed in college. He doesn’t know it but I’ve quit at least once each semester that I had his class. He taught me that life won’t be easy and I will not always be the best but a little faith applied to my best will get me through life.


What is the story of your “experience” at Florida A&M University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious HBCU?

FAMU is the best thing that ever happened to me. I owe every bullet point on my resume to the knowlegde and connections I acquired on the Highest of Seven Hills. My beloved alma matter help mold me into the confident young woman I am today.


Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

There were none. I could never see campus as a romantic place and I feared sharing too much of my personal life with others. The most romantic thing we ever did on campus was hold hands while walking off the yard.


What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

I loved going to the Rattler’s Nest on Friday’s for fish and grits. I also loved going to the Cafe for breakfast. The waffles were amazing but after gaining the freshmen 15 plus five, I learned to visit the Cafe and Rattler’s Nest in moderation.


What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

Most of my favorite chants are inappropriate but nothing comes close to the feeling I get when I hear the Rattler Charge!


Who was your College crush?

I had several crushes in college. None are worth reflecting on. Trust me.


How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

It was hard for me to move so far away from home without a friend within walking distance, but I realized I had to be brave. I knew what was back home and I didn’t want that for my life. My future was at FAM.


What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

My major was broadcast journalism. I chose journalism because I’m called to inform the people and tell OUR stories.


What has been your proudest moment @ Florida A&M University?

My proudest moment at my HBCU was gathering in front of Lee Hall with the entire student body for our 2008 election party sponsored by TV One. I still get chills when I think about the tears streaming down each face.


What was your saddest moment @ Florida A&M University?

My saddest moment was Thanksgiving freshmen year when I received at call around midnight informing me that my news editor at The Famuan had been shot dead by her roommate. The memory of that call still haunts me. She was a big sister to me.


What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

Didn’t pledge because I didn’t feel a sense of urgency. I’ve always felt that if I ever wanted to pledge anything, the organization would always be around.


How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

I was president of the FAMU Association of Black Journalists for two years. After my leadership role at FAMU expired I went on to represent my university as the Student Representative to the National Association of Black Journalists. I was also a member of the FAMU Gospel Choir.


Where was the “yard” located?

Everyone at FAMU gathers on “the set.” It doesn’t matter what the nature of the event may be that is always our central meeting area.


What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Black Archives was my favorite historical place on campus because it taught about the history of the university and the impact of FAMU on Tallahassee.


Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?

Sampson and Young dorms are apparently haunted. They are abandoned buildings but a few of my classmates used to break in on Halloween. I don’t get down like that. Count me out.


How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

My first internship and my first job were the most memorable “firsts.” I received my first internship at TV station in Orlando as a freshman. Two years later, I was hired as an entry-level employee at ABC News.


If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

Thank you. I hope you’re proud.


When and how did you discover your passion in life?

In fifth grade while preparing for the Tropicana Speech competition I discovered my love for writing and telling stories. That’s when I began journaling, writing poetry, and songs.


Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?
I’m the best me. I don’t live life with regrets. I just pretend things never happened.


If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

You have to be your biggest fan. It’s never too early to prepare yourself mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially for your future.

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