Profiles of Tenacity: Sophie Difusco

Students dresses in business attire pose next to signage for a conference.
Sophie (second from left) and members of UGA PRSSA's executive board attended Georgia PRSA's 18th Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photos: Submitted)

Profiles of Tenacity: Sophie Difusco

April 04, 2024

Fourth-year student Sophie Difusco is a leader in and out of the classroom. From her involvement in Grady organizations to student-run nonprofits, her passion for serving the UGA community shines through.

Why did you choose your major? 

During my freshman year, I signed up for the UGA Mentor Program and was matched with a former public relations major. My mentor told me about her experience working as a publicist in New York City during our first meeting, and I switched my major to intended public relations that day.

What does tenacity mean to you?

For me, tenacity has been the ability to extend myself to a wide variety of causes across campus. I’ve always said I don’t want to look back at my four years and wish I had done something. Tenacity is a commitment to yourself to try everything. 

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Sophie smiles with a puppy at a Rescue Paws event.

What is one piece of advice that you would give to other students?

Get involved! Always say yes to new opportunities. Everything is a chance to learn something new or make a friend.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

Studying abroad with the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity program was my favorite experience in college. I went after my first semester in Grady and the experience truly allowed me to feel immersed in the college by meeting so many of my peers and professors. It’s certainly intimidating to be surrounded by professionals in top positions, but the amount of creativity displayed could not be more inspiring.

What has had the biggest impact on your time at Grady College?

Becoming a member and then a two-time executive board member of PRSSA truly changed my college experience. I made some of my best friends in Grady through this organization — PRSSA is the reason I feel at home at Grady. Our faculty advisor Kim Landrum has uplifted me in all of my endeavors and was such a light throughout my time with PRSSA. 

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

At a PRSSA meeting during the fall of my junior year, I learned that nobody will ever advocate for me better than myself. I took this advice into every interview I did from that moment on. 

Students and presenter smile at mixer event.
Sophie (left) poses with presenter Erin Sowell (middle) at TedXUGA mixer.

What advice would you give to your freshman self?

I would tell her to be proud of herself and not take anything for granted. You only get one chance to experience each moment. 

What is your favorite place on campus and why?

From Grady Ambassadors, PRSSA, Talking Dog, TEDxUGA and my classes, I truly feel the sense of community in Grady, so I absolutely love the 4th floor. It’s my favorite place to be between classes, chatting and having working dates with my friends.

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