#ProfilesOfTenacity: Laura Nwogu
Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?
In pursuing a journalism degree at Grady, I want to give a voice to the voiceless and highlight underrepresented communities and cultures. So much of my life has been influenced by people of different backgrounds, and my hope is that they can find representation in the news they consume. I chose Grady because it’s one of the best journalism schools in the country. After a tour I took of the college in high school, it instantly felt like the right place to further those goals.
Favorite memory at UGA?
The 2019 game against Notre Dame. I was a football ambassador for that season so I got to stand on the field and sit behind the field goal post. That night was the most electric feeling.
What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?
Tenacity means striving to achieve a dream or a goal no matter the obstacles that get in your way.
What is the last show you binge-watched?
My favorite show that I’ve binge-watched is Game of Thrones. I fell in love with the characters and their development, the world-building and the hard work that went into every episode behind the scenes and onscreen.
What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?
Professor Lori Johnston has had the biggest impact on my life at UGA. She made me feel like I could come to her with any problems I had, and also taught me so much about writing, editing and reporting. Her lessons gave me a better outlook on the resources I need to succeed in my future career.
Favorite Athens restaurant?
It’s a tie between Cali N Tito’s and Athens Wok.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received from a family member, instructor or mentor?
My dad has always told me that If I’m to do something, I’m to be the best at it. I’ve carried that with me in everything I set my mind to achieve.
What is your proudest moment in the last year?
Publishing my first magazine as editor-in-chief with InfUSion Magazine was a huge moment of pride. Seeing the magazine physically in my hands made me realize that all my hard work, and the hard work of all the people on my team, was worth it. The role bolstered my confidence in my abilities and in my dreams.
What are you planning to do after graduating?
I want to work for a magazine or news company in an editorial or digital media position. I also want to publish a series of young adult fiction books.
Who is your professional hero?
Elaine Welteroth. She was the youngest editor-in-chief for a Condè Nast publication–Teen Vogue–and the second African American to hold the title at the company.
Editor’s Note: Some of the above answers have been edited for length and/or clarity.
The #ProfilesOfTenacity series–formerly the #GradyGrit–is a set of student features highlighting the strength, determination and leadership of students in Grady College. Stay tuned to see how #ProfilesofTenacity evolve in the future.
Date: October 8, 2020
Author: Grant Mitchell, email@example.com