#ProfilesOfTenacity: Bryson Henriott

Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?

I chose Grady because of the high caliber level of resources and professors. I enjoy the practical real-life education and experiences Grady provides to all their students. I have always found politics interesting, but especially the public affairs and communications side of politics, this is why I chose public relations paired with my political science degree.

What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?

Tenacity means the culmination of determination and perseverance. For me, tenacity is the ability to take whatever situation is given and not only overcome it but use it to its fullest potential. Coming in as first-generation college student and a rural student, I was faced with unique challenges; however, through tenacity, determination, and perseverance, I have been able to overcome barriers and give back to other students like myself.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

My most memorable Grady experience was getting to work on a semester-long crisis management plan in Dr. Jin’s Crisis Communications course. We were able to present our plan that we did for a local Athens business to a panel of our peers, Grady professors, and UGA administration. It was an amazing experience getting real-world experience and having the opportunity to help a local business.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about people; it sounds cliché but is true. Coming into UGA from an area that was very homogeneous, I have enjoyed getting to meet so many people and listen to everyone’s unique story and path to UGA. I am also passionate about both rural education and first-generation college student success in higher education and how to lower the barriers for students who identify in those communities.

Henriott is the president-elect of UGA Student Government Association.
What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

Winning SGA President has been the proudest moment for me in the past year. Not because of the pomp or circumstance, but because it was tangible proof for me that anything can be possible with enough work and motivation. It also allows for the perfect intersection of service and using the skills I have learned in Grady to best support and help students.

What is an example of a time you used your studies and skills in a real-world experience?

I am constantly using the skills I have learned through Grady, public relations, and the PAC Program in real-world experiences. I have used the communications and writing skills learned during my time as an Orientation Leader, internships, leading advocacy campaigns, in the organizations that I am part of, and most recently through SGA.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor, mentor or family member?

Oftentimes I like to see proof. If someone tells me something I want to see the data to support or if I set out to do something I want to see the tangible impact. Vice President Wilson always tells me, “get used to planting seeds for a tree under which you will never enjoy its shade.” This has since stuck with me and impacted the way I approach situations and leadership. It is not always about seeing the end result and it is certainly not about receiving the praise for it, but rather to look at life and service as constantly planting seeds that one day will benefit others.

Henriott served as an Orientation Leader in 2021.
What are you planning to do after graduation?

After graduation, I am planning to enter the field of government relations. One day, I would love to come back to UGA for government relations to work and give back to the place that has given me so much.

What is your favorite app or social media channel and why?

I enjoy Instagram, because although sometimes it paints an unrealistic picture of people’s lives, it allows for me to stay connected to so many friends that I otherwise would not be able to. I also enjoy how social media and particularly Instagram has the ability to raise awareness and support for a myriad of issues and promote engagement.

Where is your favorite place on campus and why?

It seems like the most obvious answer, but Tate is my favorite place on campus. It is the heart of UGA, and it allows me to see many people and stay connected with students. Whether that is grabbing a coffee from Starbucks, having meetings in the ELS, getting lunch with a friend in the Market, or seeing who all is tabling under the breezeway, it is always busy and exciting. 


#ProfilesOfTenacity: Suzanne Kebanli

What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

Being an Orientation Leader for virtual orientation last summer is one of the accomplishments that I’m most proud of. Working with New Student orientation at UGA has been my dream since I attended my own first-year orientation session in 2017. I knew one day that I would be an OL, and when I finally interviewed and got my acceptance, it was a dream come true! Transitioning to a virtual setting for the entire summer had a unique set of challenges and was certainly not what I expected, but my team and I handled it really well and took all of the obstacles in stride day by day.

Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?

I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the journalism and mass communications field, so upon coming to UGA, I knew Grady was the college for me. I quickly fell in love with the people here and could feel their passion for the industry.

What are you planning to do after graduation? What is your dream job?

After graduation, I want to move to London or New York City. I’d love to either work at an advertising or communications agency doing Account Management or for an event planning company.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m Turkish. I was born in Turkey, and my whole family lives there! I grew up going there during the summers, so it definitely has a special place in my heart.

What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?

To me, tenacity means pressing on and fighting for something even when it’s hard.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

During my first year at UGA before I was even accepted to Grady, I took Dean Davis’s career explorations class and it was one of my favorite classes to date. At the end of the semester, he invited us to his “Dawgs with the Dean” event on the Grady lawn. It was — and still is — one of my favorite Grady experiences because it made me feel so welcomed and included.

What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

I was an Orientation Leader at UGA during the summer of 2020, and my supervisor, Tori Tanner, had a huge impact on my life. We met my junior year and she has been one of my biggest mentors and role models ever since. She taught me a lot about myself, about my work and leadership style and about tenacity and perseverance. 

What are you passionate about?

I’m really passionate about storytelling and hearing what people are passionate about. I love hearing what others love and what makes them excited.

What is your favorite app or social media channel?

I love Instagram because of its versatility. There are always new updates and changes to the app, and it’s fun seeing how quickly it grows and evolves. It’s hard to get bored on Instagram because of the number of ways there are to actually consume the content, whether it’s through stories, IGTV, Live Videos, Reels or just my regular feed. There’s always new content to see and share, and it’s super interactive.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Herty Field is one of my favorite places on campus. During my first and second years on campus, I spent a lot of time sitting on those black benches in the red gravel around Herty Fountain. A lot of my classes used to be on North Campus, so that was always my go-to spot to unwind and relax after a long day of classes. The sounds and smells and that spot in general is really nostalgic to me, and I love it. 

Who is your professional hero?

Tori Tanner was my supervisor when I worked for UGA Orientation last summer, and since meeting her I’ve learned so much about myself professionally and as a leader. She’s helped shaped me and grow me over the last year to be the best version of myself in professional settings and tackle new responsibilities and leadership roles. She is one of the strongest and most hardworking women I know, and I aspire to be like her in my career in the future.