Why did you choose Georgia College?
I chose Georgia College for several reasons. The campus is stunning, open and welcoming. It caught my eye more-so than any other school I visited. I wanted to go to a smaller college with a more intimate classroom setting, but I also wanted to go somewhere with several opportunities to get involved in different organizations where I could make the most out of my college experience. I wanted to attend a school where I could take courses in all of my interests, not only my major. I have always had a vast amount of interests and at Georgia College I could take marketing, literature, writing, and photography courses while still graduating a semester early. In addition to the classes and opportunities at Georgia College, the town of Milledgeville is also small and quaint, yet full of history, with its own opportunities to become involved, which intrigued me to say the least.
Did you have a favorite professor or class?
Within my major of marketing, I had several amazing professors. Typically my favorite classes would lead to my favorite professors. The two that I learned the most from would be Dr. Orms and Dr. Fontenot. Dr. Orms taught Business Ethics, which I took my sophomore year. It was mostly paper-based and extremely subjective and I loved the challenge in that there were so many ways to answer each conflict brought to the table. I had no idea at the time of taking her class that I would later have her as a professor during my study abroad program in Australia. I took International Commercial Law and Environmental Law & Regulations with her as well, two courses that pertained to the international side of business marketing. Both courses opened up my eyes to the importance of law and the many difficulties of conducting international business.
Dr. Fontenot taught Principles of Marketing, Entrepreneurial Launch and Strategic Marketing (the senior capstone class). She is one of few that teaches Principles of Marketing and the only professor that is offered for Strategic Marketing and Entrepreneurial Launch. It was really nice to start and end my major with her classes. All three courses I took with Dr. Fontenot had difficult requirements. Between exams, papers and presentations, these courses were thorough in preparing marketing students for the business world. After performing several 30-minute and 60-minute presentations of business plans to real-world business owners, I felt as though I could conquer the world. Difficult courses like these were pivotal within my education.
In addition to my marketing courses, during my time at Georgia College I had the privilege to take photography classes. It was my minor at one point, but I wanted to achieve my goal of graduating early; therefore, I would take a class whenever I could fit it into my schedule and it was one of the best decisions I had made at Georgia College. Professor Emily Gomez taught two of my favorite courses: Photography III and Photography IV. Having the opportunity to utilize the state-of-the-art photography equipment that Georgia College had to offer was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I learned how to operate several historic cameras that I would never have had the chance to learn about, take and develop photos and how to hone in on my creative outlook within my photography work. Emily was the most understanding, down to earth and creative professor I had the pleasure of learning from at Georgia College.
What are your favorite Georgia College memories?
My favorite memories all stem from the organizations and events I was involved in on campus. Being Public Relations chairman for Delta Zeta, vice president of Professional Activities for the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, vice president of Membership, vice president of Promotion for the Innovation Club for Collegiate Entrepreneurs and a member of the American Marketing Association, the Bridge Scholars Program and the Australia Business Study Abroad program.
The Australia Business Study Abroad Program was a dream to say the least. We spent four total weeks abroad during July of 2016, the summer before my graduation. I studied business law and ethics with Dr. Orms while being able to explore one of the most amazing countries and photographing every minute of it. We spent our time in Sydney, Canberra, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Bungee jumping, holding koalas, hanging out with kangaroos, snorkeling with turtles and sharks, visiting embassies and the Sydney Opera House are all memories I will never forget.
While being involved and holding several leadership positions and studying marketing across the world in Australia, still one of my favorite memories would be balancing all of this with my on-campus job at Parking and Transportation as an Administrative Assistant. I learned more about time management than I would have imagined. Having to balance school work, my roles in organizations, and my photography business with working was difficult, but incredibly rewarding. The employees in the Parking and Transportation department were the most up-lifting, positive, funny and caring individuals I had met during my time at Georgia College and I was so lucky to work with them.
What got you interested about the career you do now?
Ever since freshman year of high school I knew that I wanted to be in the marketing, advertising or event planning industry. I also knew that I had an interest in writing, literature, and photography; however, marketing was always my set ‘career path’, while writing, literature and photography were more-so interests or hobbies. I am very fortunate to have figured out what I wanted to do at a fairly young age.
I had always wanted to move to New York City and search for my dream job, I truly never could have imagined that I would be able to accomplish it by the age of 22. The career I have now is within a Data Security company, Varonis. Although my role has nothing to do with the technological side of the company, it is an extremely interesting and rapidly growing industry that I am happy to be a part of. I am the marketing assistant at the Varonis Headquarters in New York City.
In my spare time, I read, write and take photos constantly. I have been operating my business Lauren H. Clark Photography on the weekends, while also self-publishing my first book, Falling, a collection of poems that was sold through Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s online this past summer, which is currently being edited to send to external publishers next year.
What is the best part about your career?
The best part about my career is working with people all over the world. Within my role, I assist the outbound marketing team with event logistics, designing promotional items, ordering promotional items, managing inventory, shipping and follow-up on the potential leads generated at each event. This year Varonis has held or participated in 900-plus events and trade shows. I get to communicate with representatives, managers and ship items to the United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, Israel and more. Being the assistant to the entire team and working with other teams such as Education, Human Resources and Public Relations teams, gives me a look into other roles and the opportunity to work with people outside of the Marketing team. The role is flexible, fun, challenging and allows for creativity, which is very important to me.
At the age of 22, I am in an important role at an incredible company, and I can’t wait to see what opportunities it may lead to in the upcoming years.
How has your education at Georgia College helped you become who you are today?
Georgia College challenged me and helped me learn how to push myself and build myself every day by offering an incredible amount of ways to be involved. The complex courses helped me think deeper and become more creative within my thought process. Looking back, my experience was essential in leading me to be who I am today, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
You’ve written a book. What is your favorite genre of books to read?
I have. I wrote a book of poetry which is one of my favorite genres to read, and I also have written short novels. Novels and biographies are my favorites right now. I have been studying momentous writers such as Patti Smith and Steven King, as I continue to work on upcoming books. The writing process is grueling and difficult to keep up with, especially when having a fulltime job and owning a business, but I do my best. While completing my book of poetry, I learned a lot about timing and the importance of patience within the editing process. It helped me grow and develop my writing style, bringing me incrementally closer to achieving my goal of being published someday.