From Savannah to the ports

I AM SAVANNAH SMART

From Savannah to the ports

See power in your potential. “I don’t limit myself because I know who I can become.” For Gabrielle Gardner ’18, SSU’s mass communications major was a no-brainer. She believes in her unlimited potential, which is why she wanted a future full of unlimited opportunity. Communications was exactly the kind of never-dull, “go, go, go,” path Gabrielle was looking for.

“In this industry, you don’t just sit behind a desk. One day, I could be directing a photo shoot. The next, conducting an interview or drafting a press release. I love it.”

So when Gabrielle nabbed a corporate communications internship at Georgia Ports Authority, she was raring to go. There, she managed social media, wrote for the company magazine, photographed massive ships and cranes in port terminals, coordinated huge events like the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway ribbon cutting – and so much more.

“I try to take advantage of every experience. So that I can say I did everything I possibly could to push myself.”
– Gabrielle Gardner ’18

Every new day brought a new challenge. And every day, she tackled it head on. Because Savannah State is all about exposing students to opportunities they wouldn’t get anywhere else. And pushing them to take and make the most out of each and every one.

That’s why, in Fall 2016, the Journalism and Mass Communications department unveiled a brand-new, state-of-the-art broadcasting facility. The renovated two-studio space is decked out with an anchor desk, a three-camera set-up, a bank of computers loaded with industry-standard editing software, and a control room sporting the NewTek TriCaster production system. Just like the pros use.

Experiences like these (and tons of others) help Tigers amp up their skills – from filming and recording to reporting and producing – so they can kick-start their careers. Like alumni working at WSAV-TV-3, Ebony magazine, Tyler Perry Studios, and CNN. And even running their own P.R. firms, just like Gabrielle wants to do.

Another one of her dreams? Anchor a news program or host a talk show in Paris. Or New York. Or L.A. The way Gabrielle sees it, the world is full of boundless potential – and so is she. Seriously Impressive


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