Senior spotlight: Abby Clark
By Denali Lerch
Our Drewry Chapter of PRSSA has watched the dedicated seniors grow and succeed in their work through this and other organizations. This semester has been an unusual one as the seniors have lost a large part of their spring semester due to the coronavirus, but we have seen them continue to persevere. For that, they deserve to be recognized more than ever.
Abby Clark is a fourth-year student from Johns Creek, Georgia, and will be graduating this semester with a degree in public relations, a minor in religion and a certificate in public affairs communication. She is the content committee head for PRSSA and has been a part of the committee since the fall of 2018.
Outside of PRSSA, she is a member of Paw Print Agency, a student-run advertising/public relations agency that services Athens nonprofits. She has also been a part of Sigma Alpha Omega and Cru campus ministry.
If she could give one piece of advice to the PRSSA members, it would be to join a committee based on your interests to gain some experience and develop your skills.
“I was a member of the club for a year prior to joining a committee, and while I enjoyed hearing from guest speakers, I got so much more out of PRSSA as a committee member,” Clark said. “I think my biggest takeaway from my time spent in PRSSA is that trying something out of your comfort zone can be so rewarding. My experience writing and editing for the committee has been something I speak to in nearly every interview I’ve had. I’m so thankful I did it!”
Clark’s tips for all Grady students is to challenge yourself while still being patient. The variety of clubs, organizations and opportunities within Grady can be overwhelming, but it’s important to be persistent and push yourself.
“If you are interested in something but it scares you, keep trying at it because it could end up being something you love,” Clark said. “It’s OK if you don’t have it all figured out. Balance that patience out with steps out of your comfort zone.”
For her next steps, Clark said she would like to get a few years of agency experience starting out, but is open to either agency or in-house long-term. Currently, she is looking for post-grad positions in the communications field and ultimately wants to work in communications for a nonprofit.
“My dream is really to apply my passion for writing to help nonprofits achieve their goals,” Clark said.
Clark’s hard work and dedication to the content committee and PRSSA is evident in the work she produces and her attitude to succeed. She exemplifies PRSSA’s values by stepping out of her comfort zone in order to move forward and working hard no matter what conflicts appear in life.