Elyssee Gibson


Waycross, GA

Educational Background

University of Georgia - 2009

  • Bachelor of Arts- Broadcast News and Russian Language

What did you participate in during college?

To help pay my way through school, I worked on campus at the Disability Resource Center in the Test Accommodations Office.  This facility served as a place for students to receive additional, prescribed accommodations during tests and finals. When I wasn’t working or taking classes, I volunteered with NewSource 15- Athens’ Only Source for Local TV News.  I operated cameras, teleprompters, audio equipment, or served as floor director for anchors and reporters in the newsroom.  During my senior year, I served as on-air talent as part of a required course, and my experience volunteering the previous years allowed me additional experience that came in handy.  I also played intramural sports when my schedule allowed. 

Why should students in the Appalachian region consider postsecondary education?

College provides opportunities you may otherwise never get to experience.  In addition to the educational aspect and career development potential, college allows you to meet all types of people and learn about things you would not have been exposed to otherwise. You learn more about yourself during college, and while college is not easy, it is a whole lot of fun!

What is one piece of advice you would offer a middle or high school student?

Try new things, and explore your interests!  By the time I was 11, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up, and I was unwavering. Although this determination took me very far, and helped me achieve many of my dreams, I missed out on a lot of other opportunities along the way. Don't be too focused on one career path or area of interest.  Learn about as much as you can, and don't be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone. You will learn more about yourself in the process. 

Title: Resource & Communication Coordinator
Department: GEAR UP

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2202