Finding Greatness: Clay Griggs

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 12:00 AM
Categories: College of Arts and Sciences | Pressroom | Students | Finding Greatness

Macon, GA


President’s Torch Society member Clay Griggs wants to shape a career around marketing, communications, and improving social media.

Full Name: Clay Richard Griggs.

Age: 20.

Hometown: Taylor County.

Residence: Macon.

High School: “I went to Taylor County High School, where I played four years of varsity baseball, and participated in quiz bowls and one act plays. I also participated in community events around Taylor County.”

Family: “My father is Henry Griggs, and I also have four sisters and three brothers.”

Employment: “I work in the Middle Georgia State admissions office where I help students with applications and getting information about the University.”

Degree Objective: Bachelor of Arts in New Media and Communication. “After I graduate I want to pursue a master’s degree in business and marketing.”

Class Rank: Sophomore.

Primary Campus: Macon.

Activities: “I’m a member of the President’s Torch Society and serve on its communications committee.”

Career Goals: “I would like to have a career in marketing to spread creative ideas of positivity to the world. I hope to adapt and create opportunities for young people.”

He chose Middle Georgia State University because … “I felt the welcoming atmosphere as soon as I stepped on the campus. I went on my first-ever campus tour and it was awesome. I was astonished with the tools that I was offered to be academically successful. When I was told about some of the connections that students have made, I wanted to be a part of that. Middle Georgia State University really opened up my eyes.”

The greatest thing he discovered about Middle Georgia State was … “There are so many different ways to have fun and study. I discovered that there were many events held on campus to give time for students to let loose. There are lots of ways to find time to relax and breathe. The Student Life office makes that happen.”

His greatest academic experience as a Middle Georgia State student has been … “Making the dean’s list. It’s a great reward for the hard work I put in. My family was very proud and it made me happy. I found a new goal to achieve. I knew it was something I would try to pursue every semester.”

To him, “greatness” means … “Achieving happiness. I believe that it takes diligence in order to make something of ourselves. Greatness is what we, not the world, make it. Greatness is striving toward your goals.”

In five years … “I plan to use my skills in communications and business to make a difference. I want to be part of a process that changes the state of social media so that it’s more positive. I plan to do as much community work as I can. Since the world is continuously changing, I plan to be a role model to young people.”