#ProfilesOfTenacity: Nekabari Ereba
Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?
I chose Grady because I had an interest in science communication, but wanted to focus on writing, rather than the actual science. I also enjoyed design work and wanted to work on that skill.
What has been your proudest moment in the past year?
My proudest moment in the last year was making President’s List for the first time since I’ve been in college. I worked very hard for it and was happy I was able to succeed.
What is your most memorable Grady experience?
A moment that sticks out most is the first time I went to Dawgs with the Dean. I wasn’t even a Grady student at the time. I was just going with a friend, and I remember the ambassadors being so welcoming. I was nervous to talk with Dean Davis, but when I finally did, I found him to be a very kind and down to earth gentleman. I’m glad I’m able to work with him as an ambassador.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about sustainability. 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.
Who is your professional hero?
My high school mentor, Dr. Latrice McGrady. She’s really helped shape me from a teen to now being a young adult.
What has been the hardest part about adjusting to COVID-19 in your life as a student and future professional?
Nothing is guaranteed, but COVID-19 has added a layer of uncertainty and complexity that I haven’t experienced before. I think being at home most of the time gives people the incorrect assumption that I have more time to do school stuff. While remote work has given me flexibility, I don’t think that means I should have to fill my free time with work. Professionally, I worry about the job market and if the skills I have fit into this new world we live in.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor/mentor/family member?
The advice I give to myself, which is to rest. When I’m tired, I take a nap. When I’m hungry, I eat. When I can’t focus on my work, I watch YouTube videos. I cannot perform at my best when I force my body or mind to do things they don’t want to do.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
People always compliment my cooking. My dad makes jokes about how whenever he calls me, I am in the kitchen. Truth be told, I hate cooking. I have never liked it and probably never will.
What are you planning to do after graduating? What is your dream job?
After graduation, I plan to work in a museum or other conservation organization. I have found a love for art and history and want to continue working in that arena. I do not have a dream job. I just want to have a fun, fulfilling life.
What is your favorite app or social media channel?
Reddit. I follow a few subreddits that align with my interests in beauty, but also enjoy seeing people post the things that make them happy.Date: April 8, 2021
Editor: Megan Mittelhammer, Megan.Mittelhammer@uga.edu