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The Value in Being Different

“I was not born in this country. I didn’t grow up in any one particular religion and I’m gay.” I knew after hearing Wentworth say this that I was not alone and that I have the power to share my story and inspire people to value their uniqueness and learn to accept who we are as individuals.

I was 18 years old the first time watching Wentworth Millers’ speech about overcoming his struggles and what it was like for him being “different.” I’ve always had the feeling of being singular and different, growing up being a shy and quiet person, but some say they are some of the kindest people in the world. Why has it been so difficult for me to accept myself being “different”? There is great value in our differences, but I needed to accept the individual person that I am, and what makes me authentic.

The world tends to see what is different as something ugly and wrong as if anything “abnormal” is something needing to be fixed.

In high school, I wanted to feel like I was a part of something. I wanted to feel like I wasn’t singular or different. I tried hard to fit in, but trying to be something I wasn’t was emotionally draining for me. I had turned into this person I didn’t like for the purpose of trying to fit in, but at the same time I hated what I was, I hated being oversensitive, stupid, a daydreamer, and sad. I couldn’t stand being different and showing it to the world.

As teenagers, our worth is determined by the acceptance of society. I had to understand that criticism came not because I was wrong or different but because everyone has their own way of thinking and acting. Some people have a limited mindset that creates an inability to accept other differences. That was not my problem.

My problem was that I had given other people the power to control my self-esteem instead of finding acceptance and love within myself. I have had to start to forgive and love myself and look at myself through my eyes.

I have come to realize that I am beautiful just the way I am. Everyone is different in some way or another and there are few people who show it to the world. I challenge you to be beautifully different.

Global Handwashing Day

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by washing your hands

Piedmont College encourages students to participate in Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15. It’s in your hands to keep everyone safe


News Provided By Piedmont College and the CDC Sep. 4, 2020, 2:41 ET


Piedmont College wants to motivate people around campus and the community to improve their

handwashing habits and understand the importance of washing your hands.

An article published by the CDC talks about how Global Handwashing Day has reduced the number of young children who get sick and helps them understand the importance of washing their hands, which keeps them and their community safe.

“Soap acts like a mediator between the water and the oil and grease on your hand,” said Dr. Juila Schmitz, biology professor at Piedmont College. “That’s why hot water and soap is better than hand sanitizer plus the rubbing action.”

According to another article from the CDC you need to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to be able to remove all the harmful germs and chemicals from your hands. Global Handwashing Day is intended to remind the public about how to properly wash their hands.

Washing your hands everyday will reduce the likelihood of you becoming contaminated with germs that can enter your body and can cause a serious illness,” said Beth Powell, a biologist from Averett University in Virginia.

On Thursday Oct. 15, Piedmont will be hosting a handwashing event in the Commons, as well as sponsoring a TikTok contest open to all students. A prize will be given to the student who posts the most informative and entertaining video about the importance of handwashing.

For more information about Global Handwashing Day and the event at Piedmont College, email Joe Dennis at  

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About Piedmont College  

One of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, Piedmont is an independent liberal arts college of more than 2,260 students. The college’s four schools—Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences—develop tomorrow’s leaders by engaging students in the classroom, in their community, and around the world. Founded in 1897, Piedmont offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs at its Demorest residential campus in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and at its Athens campus in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City. Information can be found at

Caleb Rogers: We All Want The Same Things

I’ve always been that person who puts other peoples needs before my own, but over the years have learned how important it is to make sure my needs have been taken care of so that I can then give. I believe that has shaped my personality and the way I work in this world. The past 21 years have been exciting, adventurous, daunting, eye opening, and most importantly loving. My family and friends are my “why” in life. They are the reason I will never giving up on the things I’ve always dreamed of doing, no matter how hard things will get. If there is anything I’ve taken from my experience thus far its to be optimistic, do the things that make you happy, never give up, and be creative/unique. I wouldn’t be who I am if it wasn’t for the love I’ve received. One of my favorite quotes says, “We all want the same things: to feel safe, to love, and to be loved.”

2020 Symposium: Web Design

Senior technical theatre and design major Taylor Pope has dreamed about being a sound engineer on Broadway, and she hopes a personal website might help get her there.

“I have always been a technical person, but building a website was difficult,” she said. “Wix is an amazing web design software, and once I got used to using the controls it was easy.”

Pope presented the session, “Professional Website Design: How it Works” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium. Having a personal website helps influence people and adds value by sharing one’s value. It helps recruiters find potential employees much easier when applying for a job, and is a first great impression to help secure that first interview, Pope said.

In designing a website, Pope said the key is to plan your design. Think of how to appeal to a particular audience. In web design you don’t want to use the same templates that everyone else is using. Designing a site that is unique to your skills and personality will attract users to follow through and use your service.

“You want to make sure your website represents your uniqueness by appealing to those who you want to attract,” she said.

Pope uses Wix as her design software. Wix is a user-friendly site utilizing a drag and drop builder to make it simple for users to create their own website unique to themselves, Pope said. Wix has a lot of features to choose from and they make it easy to market your website.

“One of the things I loved about Wix is they give you step-by-step instructions about how to do navigate their website,” said Pope

Building a website can get frustrating at times. Taking advantage of her experience and building projects has helped Pope navigate Wix. “Think outside of the box and try something that you haven’t done before.”

Things shift very quickly in the design world. When designing a website, you have a lot of creative freedom. Pope explains not to overthink about how difficult or impossible things are. Instead, think outside of the box. Trying things that are different have haven’t been done before has help Pope explore new things.

“It might not work out, but it will work at least once more than it will if you never try.”

Pope finished her project explaining how her website is organized and the purpose of the class. Learning what employers are looking for, she was very happy with the outcome of her website. She has already used her site professionally at the South Eastern Theater Conference in February.

“I really enjoyed designing my website,” Pope said. “It’s amazing to look back on the things I’ve done.”

Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Adam Martin calls Piedmont College his new home

DEMOREST, GEORGIA – Before Adam Martin came to Piedmont College, he was an award-winning writer-producer with a Peabody and an Emmy to his name for the TNT original movie “Door to Door.”  

 “I felt like Tom Hanks from the movie ‘Big,’” he said about winning the Emmy. “I didn’t know what was going on when my team won.”   

 Growing up in North Georgia, Martin attended Oxford College of Emory University, later becoming a full-time student at Emory University. Double majoring in English and History, Martin planned on becoming a lawyer, passing the Law School Admission Test and earning a spot in Georgia State College of Law in 1995. Upon finding out he had more credits than he needed, Martin decided to take an internship at Buena Vista Television (Disney–ABC Domestic Television) in the Affiliate Relations Department. After spending a year in California, Martin moved back to Atlanta to take care of his ailing father. Martin had new aspirations of working in television, earning a job in closed captioning at Turner Broadcasting. A year later he was promoted to an assistant producer working on branding, shooting, and production.  

 “Being in the entertainment industry was thrilling, he said.” “I was able to express my creativity, I never considered it a job.”  

 Following his win of an Emmy for a TNT original film, Martin was promoted to senior writer-producer working on a $50 million miniseries “Into The West” and producing six red carpet shows for the Screen Actors Guild Awards from 2005 to 2010.  Martin had the opportunity to interview some of the world’s most influential people in film: Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Spielberg, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, and many others.  

“I grew up watching these people, he said.” They were engaging and surprisingly human.”  

In 2010, Martin left Turner Broadcasting after receiving a job at A&E Network in New York City. He spent four years in Branded Entertainment at A&E. In 2014, he moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Discovery Channel, not knowing a year later Discovery would make an agreement to buy Eurosport, causing them to cut down on staffing. Martin took time away from film and moved to Saint Simons Island in 2016. He was a manager at Sea Island Resort, working with VIP guests and high-powered politicians. In 2018, Martin moved back home to North Georgia with the intentions to take classes at Piedmont College. Instead, Martin landed a job as Project Manager in Institutional Advancement.    

“I like it better in Demorest because the lights turn off at 5 p.m., he said” Piedmont is home to me.”