#ProfilesOfTenacity: Nicole García Sánchez
What is your most memorable Grady experience?
Before I got into Grady, I was planning an event called Orgullo Hispano for HSA. I had a very specific vision of what I wanted for it and I knew I wanted the location to be in Grady. When I asked Parker Middleton to help me with the event and allow me to do it in Grady, she went above and beyond. The event was a success and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the college. Even before I was a Grady student, they were extremely supportive and helping me make one of my goals possible.
What is an example of a time you used your studies and skills in a real-world experience?
It has been interesting having an internship at the same time I have classes. I use most of the skills I have learned in class. This summer, my boss asked me to do a media list and I was like, “Perfect, I can do this. I literally learned how to do it a month ago.”
What is your favorite app or social media channel and why?
I’m between Instagram and TikTok. I think Instagram is what you make out of it, so I follow a lot of accounts that either fulfill me or bring me joy, and TikTok is hilarious and keeps me entertained. When I first started at my internship I was doing content for TikTok, so it holds a special place in my heart.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member?
When I took Career Explorations with Dean Davis and Parker Middleton, I remember they encouraged us to get as much experience in the real world as we can while we are in college. So for a few months of my freshman year, I started looking for an internship, and I got one for that summer. As I am an international student, I have to get permission to have an internship, and Immigration Services told me I couldn’t do an internship because I was not a Grady student yet. I got mad and told them “students are supposed to get internships to be competitive” and they told me that didn’t apply for me. So instead of dwelling on that, I decided to get as involved on campus as I could, because that does count as real-world experience. Even though my situation might be different than other students, I am thankful for that advice because it pushed me to do the best I could with the circumstances I was in.
What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?
I think tenacity is knowing what you want and having a plan on how to get there.
What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?
My friends and the Hispanic Student Association. My friends became my home away from home, and I couldn’t have survived all these years without them. And the community in HSA has made my college experience the best it could be.
Where is your favorite place on campus and why?
Lake Herrick. It is super relaxing and I like to go watch the sunset there.
Who is your professional hero?
My dad – he worked really hard to get to where he is today.
What has been your proudest moment in the past year?
Getting my internship. I really wanted to work for this company because I really believe in what they do; I even wrote it in the things I wanted for my new year, and it happened!Date: November 11, 2021
Editor: Megan Mittelhammer, Megan.Mittelhammer@uga.edu