Taylor Lee is a senior captain of the Dance Dawgs team.
#GradyGrit: Meet Taylor Lee
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How did you choose your Grady major?
I actually began my career at UGA as a dance major, following in
the footsteps of one of my high school dance instructors and my role model. I
quickly realized that something was missing, so my second semester I took Intro
to Advertising with Dr. Nate Evans since Advertising was my “fallback” option
if I wasn’t accepted into the dance program. I fell in love with the class and
profession and saw a future in a career doing something that I love. Three
years later, I still feel just as excited about my major as I did the first day
of my intro class!
What is one example of using
your Grady skills in a real-world experience?
My junior year, I had the opportunity to manage the social media
accounts for the UGA Dance Dawgs. My courses in Grady really helped me
understand the most effective way to communicate with our audience and produce
meaningful content for our followers. I also had the opportunity to study
abroad and attend the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, where I was one of
two social media interns! My experiences as a Grady student helped me to
network and communicate effectively with executives while I was overseas.
What is the most rewarding
part about being a Grady student?
The most rewarding part of
being a Grady student is the community that is established solely from being a
part of the college. Grady is a family and I have been blessed to work with
people who push me to be the best version of myself professionally and
Describe Grady College in
Innovative, challenging, colorful.
Which Grady class has been
My favorite Grady class was my Advertising Message Strategy class
with Mrs. Sabrena Deal. Though I’ve absolutely loved every class I’ve taken in
Grady, this stands out in my mind as what shaped my love for my major. My group
presented many ideas to Mrs. Deal for our final project, and she pushed us
until we found the best possible solution for our company. Working with
professors who are so passionate about what they do, makes learning from them
so rewarding. In class, she once told us, “In order to survive in this
industry, you HAVE to be excited about ideas other than your own.” That will
stick with me forever, so thank you, Mrs. Deal!
How has Grady shaped your
Being in Grady has allowed
me to think freely and not be afraid to take risks! Because of my college, I
have become more of a “yes” person and that has changed my life drastically.
I’ve also met lifelong friends through Grady, and every class I go into is with
friends, not just classmates.
What was the highlight from your experience in the Cannes Lions program?
I’d say my favorite memory was getting the opportunity to write for PRWeek with my good friend Birdie, then finding out that we were published at the final night party of the festival! Having the chance to study abroad gave me the trip of my dreams, connections to push me forward in the working world and friendships that will last a lifetime.
As a senior captain for UGA
Dance Dawgs, what will you miss the most about your team after graduation?
I will definitely miss the
companionship. The Dance Dawgs have been my family since my very first day on
UGA’s campus. I am going to miss dancing, singing, laughing, eating and doing
pretty much everything else with these girls. They remind me every day that I
will always have a home in Athens.
What is something you’re
I’ve been passionate about dance for most of my life, so I’d have
to say something new that I am passionate about is being present. My life is
always in fast-forward with my full schedules and making time to go home to see
my family, so in my last year at UGA, I made a promise to myself that I would
take in moments as they come instead of looking forward to the next thing on my
Best song on the radio
There are a lot of great songs on the radio, but John Mayer is
releasing a new song on February 22nd so that’s all I can really think about
One thing about yourself
people don’t know?
Most people don’t know that
despite having pretty good balance, I absolutely could not ride a bike until my
freshman year of college. It’s one of my favorite things to do now!