#ProfilesofTenacity: Jonina Bullock

#ProfilesofTenacity: Jonina Bullock

April 18, 2023

Jonina Bullock is a third-year student, double majoring in advertising and German. She is the creative coordinator for Talking Dog Agency, the PR chair for the National Association of Black Journalists, and she works as a resident assistant. She was recently awarded a scholarship from the Atlanta Ad Club. Last November, Bullock was the inaugural winner of the AdPR Vision Award. 

Why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because it allows me to be extremely creative, while also providing the knowledge about business that I was looking for.

Jonina in New York City on the way to CultureCon, which she says is her most memorable Grady experience.
What is your most memorable Grady experience?

My most memorable experience has been Grady sponsoring me to attend CultureCon in Brooklyn, New York. It was one of the coolest things that I have experienced. I want to live in Brooklyn one day, so it was really nice to get a preview, while also connecting with other professionals of color in the creative industry. I was able to meet really amazing people, share my work with others, learn about opportunities post-graduation and try some really good food.

What does tenacity mean to you?
Jonina was a recipient of the Atlanta Ad Club Student Scholarship this year.

Tenacity to me equates to overcoming adversity and being persistent in chasing what it is that you want. Tenacious is a good adjective — I like that word.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself being very content! I hope to work for an international advertising agency, be able to travel and see the world and maybe even run one of my own at some point!

What motivates you?

I am motivated by all of those who surround me, but definitely by my family members. When I think about all that they have done and sacrificed, it motivates me to keep pursuing what I dream of.

Who is your professional hero?

Quinta Brunson — hands down. I used to be an avid BuzzFeed viewer and loved her then, so seeing her blossom into having her own highly-rated comedy series is extremely inspiring.

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

“Your journey is your own.” It is so easy to feel like an imposter when at a college where everyone is so successful, but when you focus on your own journey without comparing yourself to your peers, things become much easier.

What are you passionate about?
Jonina in her Grady College sweatshirt shortly after being accepted into the college.
Jonina in her Grady College sweatshirt shortly after being accepted into the college.

A lot of things – mental health is definitely up top for me, followed closely by the idea that everyone deserves to feel a sense of community. It is one of the best feelings to know you have people that support you, love you, and are rooting for you. I think everyone deserves to know what that feels like.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
Jonina was a brand experience intern for Delta last summer. Here she is on the first day of her internship.

I speak German!

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the past year?

In the past year, my biggest professional accomplishment was definitely being selected as a recipient of the Atlanta Ad Club Student Scholarship. My biggest personal accomplishment is being more confident in my knowledge and what I create. I used to be really scared to share the projects I work on and photos that I take, but not anymore — so growth!