#ProfilesOfTenacity: Smera Dhal
What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?
Tenacity means bouncing back.
What is your most memorable Grady experience?
Through Grady study abroad, I spent this past summer at the Creative Circus in Atlanta. While the course itself was rather rigorous, I got to spend every day with the most incredible and inspiring creatives. I’m grateful to say many of them are now my buddies here at UGA.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about people! I love getting to know someone new. The best feeling in the world is strengthening your connection with someone you love.
What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?
The Cookout on W. Broad Street has kept me going through my darkest hours.
What has been your proudest moment in the past year?
My proudest moment has been being appointed a 2022 MAIP Fellow. This internship program focuses on promoting diversity within the advertising world, and I am so excited to have been placed with the Digitas agency for an Art direction internship this summer!
What is an example of a time you used your studies and skills in a real-world experience?
Grady introduced me to the professional side of graphic design. This semester, I have begun creating posters, show announcements, and even cover art for local musicians. Check out “On Your Roof” by Evelia on all platforms, artwork by me!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member?
When I was learning how to ride a bike, my dad used to tell me “sedha dekho, pedal karo” which in Hindi means “look straight, keep pedaling.” I apply it more metaphorically to my life now, and it keeps me focused.
What are you planning to do after graduation?
Make cool stuff!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I like to make candles!
Where is your favorite place on campus and why?
There’s a bench right outside the Journalism building under the big magnolia tree. It doesn’t jut out, it’s obscured, but it’s got a wide view of Sanford Drive. It’s perfect for anything – eating, studying, people-watching.
Date: April 8, 2022
Editor: Sarah Dorr, Sarah.Dorr@uga.edu