#ProfilesOfTenacity: Kendal Hill
Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?
I chose Grady because of my passion for creativity. I entered UGA as an Intended Marketing student, but felt like I was missing out on expressing my creativity. I spoke to my advisor at the time, and she mentioned looking into Advertising. Three days later, I changed my major. I like to describe advertising as “creative marketing,” and I feel I’ve been able to blend all my interests into this one course of study.
What is your most memorable Grady experience?
Being a part of Women in Media’s Underclassman Council my freshman year. This opportunity immersed me in the greatness of Grady, as I got to meet so many incredible Grady girls. 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.
What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?
Tenacity means persistence. Being tenacious means being determined, even in the most challenging of times. College has a way of bringing the tenacity out of us all.
What is your favorite app or social media channel and why?
My favorite app is TikTok. I’ve spent hours upon hours curating an elite FYP (for you page). It’s my go-to when I want to wind down and relax.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m a commuter student and don’t live on campus. I commute about 5 hours a week for classes. It has been an adjustment, but I love living the blended life. I enjoy being able to see my family, see my friends and save money along the way, although I do miss visiting Insomnia Cookies on late nights.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member?
“Continue being great because you are deserving of your flowers and so much more.” A bad habit of mine is that I tend to not give myself enough credit for the things I accomplish. I struggle with imposter syndrome, and often feel like I’m not enough. My best friend is always reminding me that I am successful and that she believes in me. She wrote this piece of advice in a card, and I read it every day. Some advice I have for others who struggle with this is to write down your wins, and look back at them when you feel out of place. You are important and worthy of recognition!
What are you planning to do after graduation?
I plan to enter the event management or project management industry. I really enjoy planning and organizing — two characteristics both industries rely on. I have begun applying to internships and entry-level roles in the Atlanta area.
Where is your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is the terrace outside of the MLC. It’s always so pretty and serene there. I especially love to sit out there during the fall season.
Who is your professional hero?
My professional hero is Maria Taylor, Grady alumna and sports broadcaster for NBC. Her story, poise and charisma are admirable qualities. I had the amazing opportunity to meet and speak with her during my time volunteering for UGA’s Spring 2021 Commencement.
What has been your proudest moment in the past year?
My proudest moment was being awarded a Grady scholarship for the fall 2021 semester. This scholarship was a tremendous help, as I did not have to pay any money out of pocket for my last semester at UGA. This moment made me reflect on myself and my accomplishments, and I felt so proud of myself.Date: October 28, 2021
Editor: Megan Mittelhammer, Megan.Mittelhammer@uga.edu