The Grady Sports Media program has helped 5th year journalism student Armani Kardar build the confidence in himself that he hopes to pass on to the next generation.
#ProfilesOfTenacity: Armani Kardar
Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?
I chose Grady and journalism because I love to talk and tell stories. I love meeting people and learning random information. Journalism has allowed me to be put in spaces and opportunities that I wouldn’t normally be in because I have to tell the story.
What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?
Tenacity means to never give up. Nobody can truly stop you from being successful other than yourself. It means to bet on yourself every time regardless of your confidence in your abilities.
What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?
Professor Carlo Finlay marked a pivotal moment in my development as a man and journalist. I was interested in the Sports Media program as a sophomore but opted not to apply out of the belief that I wasn’t good enough to be accepted. My Junior year a friend of mine, Tylar Norman (Grady and Sports Media Alum), told me that Professor Finlay asked about me and wondered why I had not applied to the Sports Media program because he felt like I would be a good fit. It shocked me because while I didn’t believe in myself, someone else did. It made me realize I held myself back out of fear of failure and changed my outlook on life. I eventually went on to join the Sports Media program as a senior and decided to stay an extra year at UGA to complete it.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member?
The best advice I’ve received is from my fraternity advisor Dr. Dennis Humphrey. He always uses old and obscure adages and the one that stuck with me the most is: “The race is not given to the swift, but to those who endure.” Which essentially means that it is better to finish at your own pace rather than placing a timetable on accomplishments based on others.
Who is your professional hero?
My professional hero is Stephen A. Smith because of how he went from being a beat reporter in Philadelphia to the biggest name in sports show business. I also appreciate how he is able to be himself on television without being stereotyped or ridiculed.
What are you planning to do after graduation?
I plan to work in sports media as a career.
What is your favorite app or social media channel and why?
I love to use Twitter because of its versatility. It provides news, jokes, updates and a platform to share your creativity with others.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I don’t learn very well in classroom settings and most of my skills are self taught. I really enjoy learning new things.
Where is your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is North Campus because of how beautiful it looks and how close it is to downtown.
What are you passionate about?
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.
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