Jessie Mead

Southern. What is Southern? The dictionary commonly defines this word as "of, relating to, or characteristic of a region conventionally designated South," but it's so much more than that to me. Southern is a way of life. It is sweet tea every day, cheese grits for breakfast, and church on Sunday morning. It is me.

I was raised in South Georgia in the tiny town of Moultrie. At only 14 square miles, there was not much to do to keep me entertained. However, I survived, moving on to bigger and better things. Despite my newfound love for Athens, I still hold tight to my Southern roots.

Growing up, I always dreamed of becoming a world famous gourmet chef and my parents were constantly encouraging me to follow my dreams. As I have grown older, I have realized I do love to cook but it is not my biggest passion. My aspirations have changed. I want my future career to be centered on helping others make their own dreams come true. That is why I am currently a marketing major, working to become a wedding planner.

In the South, marriage is highly valued, encouraging a strong family and a happy life. I would like to be a part in continuing that Southern tradition. Being a wedding planner, I want to tie my Southern, Christian beliefs into my business because the only thing more important than being Southern, to me, is being a Christian.