Profiles of Tenacity 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.
“To me, tenacity is a willingness to leave your comfort zone to get what you need, whether in your personal life or professional pursuits.”
Read more about William Newlin.
“I also think back to when we planted seeds for ideas that would shape my college experience — like brainstorming web series concepts in Writers’ Room, pitching an AAJA chapter at UGA to Dr. Lough, the first conversations about the Backlight Student Film Festival, or the beginnings of what would become The Red & Black’s DEI Committee.”
Read more about Sherry Liang.
“I don’t really have a professional hero, but I love seeing Black women paving the way for us, such as Issa Rae, Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes and Rihanna.”
Read more about Kacie Geter.
“My proudest moment has been being appointed a 2022 MAIP Fellow. This internship program focuses on promoting diversity within the advertising world, and I am so excited to have been placed with the Digitas agency for an Art direction internship this summer!”
Read more about Smera Dhal.
“Coming in as first-generation college student and a rural student, I was faced with unique challenges; however, through tenacity, determination, and perseverance, I have been able to overcome barriers and give back to other students like myself.”
Read more about Bryson Henriott.
“I enjoy telling stories and I enjoy making compelling content, but most importantly I want to make people care about the why in sports.”
Read more about Amelia Green.
“To me, tenacity means pursuing your goals relentlessly and not giving up when you run into obstacles or self-doubt.”
Read more about Jacqueline GaNun.
“Tenacity means believing in yourself every step of the way towards achieving a goal. I believe that by having self-confidence, you can transcend the impossible. You can achieve anything you want in life if you believe you can achieve it.”
Read more about Jillian Smalls.
“I am passionate about mentoring young black men in hopes of instilling the confidence I once lacked in them at an early age. It is important to invest in our youth because they are the future and need to know that their potential is truly limitless.“
Read more about Armani Kardar.
“Tenacity, in my opinion, means possessing the determination to reach a personal goal or level of success. Having this quality also means that you won’t settle for anything less than what you envision.”
Read more about Riley Armant.
Jane Congfei Lian
“For me, tenacity means always staying positive when facing tough circumstances or situations.”
Read more about Jane Congfei Lian.
“Tenacity means pushing through whatever comes your way and never giving up. It means setting your mind on a goal and doing whatever it takes to reach it no matter what situations arise in life that could stand in your way.”
Read more about DonA Traylor-Askew.
“I would not be in Grady had it not been for an early pandemic existential crisis in Spring 2020. I realized one night that I wanted to explore my passions for multiculturalism & storytelling while gaining some of the hard skills only a Grady degree could provide.”
Read more about Michael Banks.
“For a journalist, tenacity means forging on despite disparate odds and chasing every lead that can lead to the truth.”
Read more about Eduardo Morales.
“Tenacity is remaining persistent, pushing boundaries, and never taking no for an answer. It’s refusing to limit yourself or settle for mediocrity.”
Read more about Midori Jenkins.
“It’s important to understand that people that hire you and want to work with you will seek you out because you have talents and gifts that they want. It’s important to recognize the power you hold and be your biggest supporter in advocating for yourself.
Read more about Shruti Muruganandan.
Nicole García Sánchez
“I think tenacity is knowing what you want and having a plan on how to get there.”
Read more about Nicole García Sánchez.
“I have always tried to do not let the facts block out my voice, thus allowing the reader to get to know both me and the story I’m reporting. “
Read more about Palmer Thombs.
“Being a part of Grady has given me a chance to meet incredible individuals, including students, faculty and advisors. It makes me so honored to be a part of this community.”
Read more about Kendal Hill.
“It was a very rewarding summer to see how much my education is really showing up in my future career path, and I’m really grateful for the foundation Grady has laid for me.”
Read more about Alaina Booth.
“PRSSA has given me so many opportunities, taught me so many things, and given me so many great friends. I am so proud that I took the leap of faith in pushing myself to take on such a big leadership role”
Read more about Emily Goncalves.
“I was motivated to continue pursuing my Grady degree because my Grady professors have been incredibly supportive; it has meant a lot to see everyone want you to succeed.”
Read more about Mennah Abdelwahab.
“If I can make just one person feel at home or accepted on this campus, then that is a successful college career in my book.”
Read more about Nick Milavec.
Cate de Castro
“The Industry has been extremely instrumental during my time at UGA, and as president this year, it means a great deal to me to have so many new and familiar EMST students looking to get involved and find their home on campus.”
Read more about Cate de Castro.
“In today’s world, information is everything and I chose my major because I love getting to shape media narratives in positive, beneficial ways that inform our public.”
Read more about Sydney Phillips.
“I am extremely passionate about supporting women in media, specifically women that go into sports media. I love connecting with other women who are as passionate about sports as I am and helping others get into the field!”
Read more about Kathryn Skeean.
“I am most passionate about representation in the media. As our society continues to grow, I hope to be a part of projects that tell audience members that they are seen and heard.”
Read more about Ana González.
“I’m proud that despite the pandemic, I took lots of opportunities to improve my craft and be creative. I worked on even more films and videos for myself and others.”
Read more about Derek Walker.
“The health and medical courses I’ve completed facilitated my transition from editorial intern to senior editorial intern at WebMD, and continue to inform my work as a freelancer today.”
Read more about Madeline Laguaite.
“I’m passionate about learning new things and restoring shared narratives within our local communities. I want to tell stories that unite more than divide, and sports are an incredible opportunity for that.”
Read more about Henry Queen.
“I want those who come after me to enjoy the resources I had in the same way, if not better. That includes making sure all people have access to them.”
Read more about Nekabari Ereba.
“Tenacity means pressing on and fighting for something even when it’s hard.”
Read more about Suzanne Kebanli.
“As an openly gay man living in the South, my existence would not be possible without the change makers that came before me, and I want to be a change maker for the generations to come.”
Read more about Jake Strickland.
“My most memorable Grady experience was studying abroad at Trinity College in Oxford, England. Learning about international communications and speaking with some of the best in professional communications was an incredible hands-on learning experience.”
Read more about Kyra Posey.
“A few years ago, I was a web journalist for a short bit writing headline stories and that showed me just how much I enjoyed being able to share stories that mean something to the world.”
Read more about Rohit Rammohan.
“Tenacity is holding on when it would be easier to let go. Holding onto loved ones, holding onto the truth, holding onto our humanity and holding onto hope. I think the past year has served as a case study in tenacity for all of us.”
Read more about Sydney Dangremond.
“As a Black woman, I often reflect on how important it is to have representation because I did not see a lot of that growing up. Seeing other women, especially minority women, work in a field that was not very diverse a few decades ago always reminds me to keep going and to remember to make more room at the table for other women.”
Read more about Tylar Norman.
“I have always been a naturally curious person, asking a lot of questions about any and everything as a little kid. As I grew older it just seemed to naturally evolve into me wanting to be a journalist.”
Read more about Willie Daniely.
“Tenacity is all about persisting when things are tough, uncertain, scary or downright impossible. Growing as a human is all about leaving your comfort zone and pushing past the things that make you want to quit.”
Read more about Tévon Knight.
“My father has always reminded me to never become complacent and to never stop searching for opportunities, whether it be in professional or personal life. I think it had the biggest impact on why I decided to pursue a master’s degree at UGA.”
Read more about Cesar Moncada.
“I’ve always loved to write and tell stories, but Grady showed me that journalism is so much more than that and really taught me — and continues to teach me every day — how to be the best in my field.”
Read more about Molly English.
“Film and television have always been what I’m most passionate about. Ten different people sent me the article about how UGA was starting an MFA program in film, television and digital media in December 2019. I decided to throw my application in and didn’t think much about it as I started pursuing advertising jobs before graduation.”
Read more about Katy Warren.
“Tenacity means having a clear vision, and not letting the small stuff get in the way of executing it!”
Read more about Margaret Leonard
“Until I went to Grady’s journalism camp the summer before my senior year of high school, UGA was not even on my list of schools. It was the first time I felt like I really connected with people like myself: outgoing, friendly and determined.”
Read more about Lauren Swenson.
“Tenacity means never ceasing, adjusting and adapting until the job is done.”
Read more about Alex English.
“I absolutely know I want to work in post-production, so my goal after graduation is to move to Los Angeles and take steps to become an editor for television.”
Read more about Ashton Bruce.
“The Red & Black has shown me how to show care for the people I talk with in the community.”
Read more about Spencer Donovan.
“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.