Profiles of Tenacity—formerly known as #GradyGrit—highlight our exceptional students who have determination, grit and qualities of leadership. They are involved with their community and volunteer for many worthwhile campus and community organizations. Following are profiles of just a few of our students with tenacity.
“Tenacity means striving to achieve a dream or a goal no matter the obstacles that get in your way.”
Read more about Laura Nwogu.
“I’ve used my studies and skills in every single one of my internships! My EMST and film studies roots were integral to my internship with the Peabody Media Center. One particular example is how crucial my teachings in editing were. When COVID-19 necessitated the switch to online classes in the spring, I had to edit an entire video project on my own. It was incredibly challenging, but I learned a lot from that project and am proud of what I created!.”
Read more about Taylor Potter.
“Most importantly, I will miss the lifelong friends I made in Grady who I will always hark back to and be so proud of as peers in the industry.”
Read more about Mason Cantrell.
“The excuse of being a student is temporary… go make mistakes, go make your project, follow your curiosity and act on it while you have the chance.”
Read more about Hayden Schwartz.
“No matter what happens I know Grady has prepared me to take on every challenge I encounter and turn it into a success story.”
Read more about Soha Imam.
“I am passionate about the ability we have to bring a story into the life and imagination of cinema, poetry, writing, and the way that brings comfort, newness, and understanding. The world is full of smaller worlds waiting to be shared.”
Read more about Joybeth Sullivan.
“Grady students are so unique in that we take an idea, fine tune it, and create it. In a lot of other colleges, an idea is given to you and your create it, but Grady students carry a project from beginning to end.”
Read more about Jessica Story.
“Grady has allowed me to pursue a variety of different things throughout my time at UGA. The connections I have built through Grady have allowed me to spend my time branching out, and I have been able to find new things that interest me.”
Read more about Nick Hayward.
“I have learned how to be adaptive and intuitive. Industries will continue changing, but Grady has taught me to be open to any changes thrown my way.”
Read more about Mikaela Cohen.
“I chose Grady because it would give me a professional edge; I am challenged and pushed to better myself personally and professionally every day here, and I love that.”
Read more about Madison Drummond.
“Nothing motivates me more than seeing people achieve their dreams and push themselves towards limits they never thought possible.”
Read more about Olamide Ogunjobi.
“I think Grady students see the world differently. When they meet someone, they are automatically invested in understanding that person’s story. They take every opportunity to create, from silly day projects with friends to huge, year-long, 20-person crew productions.”
Read more about Rachel Yuan.
“At Grady, not only do you learn from seasoned industry professionals that want to see you prosper, but you get access to an incredibly supportive community of leaders through Grady’s channels.”
Read more about Marq Norris.
“Connecting with a group of individuals and presenting information to audiences with an honest perspective to seek social engagement and positive change is my purpose.”
Read more about Skylar Nicholson.
“At Grady, there are so many opportunities around you that it is easy to want to do everything, but you have to put time into the projects you care about to get the best results.”
Read more about Yash Bhika.
“Grady feels like a community. People are happy to be a part of this school, and they build each other up.”
Read more about Luke D’Agostino.
“People, places and ideas fascinate me. I am curious about the world: how people think, why they think the way they do and meeting people where they are.”
Read more about Alexandra Rios.
“Between meeting thousands of students new to the university, hearing their stories and lived experiences or spending time with my Orientation team, there wasn’t one thing that was the greatest highlight of my summer.”
Read more about Melissa Hevener.
“Journalism is the cornerstone of any society, and I think being a journalist — any kind of journalist — is one of the most noble professions.”
Read the full article about Sofia Gratas.
“I find a lot of my happiness not in what I personally accomplish, but how I’m able to encourage and support those whom I believe in.”
Read the full article about Kelsey Cunningham.
“By creating a collaborative environment, individuals within a group can exchange a diverse range of ideas, allowing for a quicker, more creative way to finding the best solution. Grady does a wonderful job of preparing those in the school for the real world ahead of them.”
Read the full article about Luis Contreras.
“I’m also motivated by my deepest desire to put stories out into the world, whether they be through fiction writing, film, or television, and representing those who rarely see themselves in the mainstream.”
Read the full article about Lucia Vereen.
“My most memorable Grady experiences are just the creative classes that I’m able to take on a day-to-day basis. Being able to learn strategies that improve my businesses feels so rewarding.”
Read the full article about Baylee Marsh.
Phillip B. Hubbard
“Grady is like a family to me. Everybody supports one another in this college no matter what your major is.”
Read the full article about Phillip B. Hubbard.
“Even though you often feel like because of your age you have less to add to an academic discussion, sometimes you might actually have more.”
View the full article about Thomas May.
“Being in Grady has really elevated my value at my job – my superiors really respect what I have to say about our communication strategy.”
View the full article about Gustavo Cervantes.
“There’s no need for negativity in an empty space – I try to come into things with positive energy and with the hope of receiving good things back.”
View the full article about Maggie Cavalenes.
“My highlight from my time at Grady thus far has been getting to know professors who have such vast knowledge about their profession.”
View the full article about Polo Vargas.
“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.”
View the full article about Taylor Lee.
“To me, showing Grady Grit means using what we’re learning in a professional manner to impact our community.”
View the full article about Taylor Gerlach.
” Participating in research here, one of the best research institutions, has given me personal fulfillment.”
View for the full article about Akyra Kelley.
“Choosing a favorite [teacher] is hard because they’ve all made an incredible impression on me, and Grady wouldn’t be the same without them.”
View the full article about Nathan Gostin.
“Grady is one giant network of amazingly talented people–all with different perspectives.”
View the full article about Maria Stagliano.
“Grady has far exceeded my expectations for what a college is supposed to provide its students.”
View the full article about Trey Leonard.