Graduating Student Spotlight: Patricia Bacon
April 30, 2018
Name: Patricia Bacon
Hometown: Savannah, Ga
Where did you earn your degree(s)?
I earned my Bachelor’s in Public Relations from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at UGA, and next year, I’ll be working toward my Master’s in Mass Communication from Grady as well.
What interests you about your field?
I love building relationships with people and connecting, and I have always had a love for writing and communication. I love being able to combine those two passions of mine into one career path!
What are some highlights of your time at UGA?
Becoming a part of Archway has been a major highlight of my time at UGA, but I am also proud of the work I have done through PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), UGA Miracle, and my sorority. I love being a part of campus organizations and getting the most out of my time here at UGA.
What does service mean to you?
Service is about putting your time and effort into working for the betterment of someone or something else, and it is about putting someone else’s needs before your own.
What inspired you to join the Archway Partnership?
I was excited to get involved in a unit of UGA that does such big things for the state of Georgia and learn more about the needs of communities around the state.
What kinds of projects did you work on during your time with the Archway Partnership?
I do a lot of writing for the Archway website, and I have worked on a few small projects for various communities. These projects include collaborating with Daniel Easley and Ian Rossiter on the Hartwell Retail & Restaurant Downtown Walking Tour brochure, which I had a lot of fun working on!
What is your most memorable experience/favorite project from your time with Archway?
I really enjoyed being a part of the 2017 Life League Day because it was around when I first joined Archway, and I got to see hands on what we do for our communities. It was so much fun getting to meet everyone at Archway that day and watching the kids have a blast playing basketball and touring the Georgia Museum of Art.
What did you enjoy most about your time with the Archway Partnership?
I’ve enjoyed learning more about how the smaller communities within our state operate and how UGA uses their faculty and staff as resources to improve these communities. I also just love working with the people at Archway because they are all such encouraging and positive people to work with.
Has your time with Archway affected your career plans? If yes, how so?
Working at Archway has not only introduced me to the service sector, but has also helped me enhance my skills in different platforms of writing and communication. My time here has made me think in a different way than I am used to in a classroom, and I think that is an invaluable experience for when I do start my career.
How has service-learning helped you grow as a student or in your personal life?
Service-learning has made me think more about who my work impacts, and it has given me a different type of appreciation for my skills and abilities that I can use for helping others rather than myself.
Do you believe it is important for students to participate in service programs?
I think it is so important for students to participate in service programs, mainly because it instills a unique sense of pride for their work that they can’t find just by completing projects in a classroom.
What advice would you give to a student who is considering joining the Archway Partnership?
I would say to make sure you fully understand the work that Archway does for the state of Georgia and who they impact because you’ll find your work more rewarding when you know just who you are impacting and how.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am planning to come back to UGA in the fall for a one-year graduate program to earn my Master’s in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be working in a head position in PR, either at an agency or in the corporate setting.