- Producer at WSFA 12 News (5 p.m. & 10 p.m. news)
- Traffic & Production Manager at LWT
- University of Alabama
- Majors: Political Science & Journalism
- Worked for Impact Alabama on the SpeakFirst initiative, which provides opportunities for Birmingham public high school students through participation in an all-star debate team
- SpeakFirst received its first invitation to the national debate tournament while Corley was working with them
Corley always told her students that everyone has the potential to go to college, and regardless of obstacles making it look impossible, there are ways to make it happen if they truly want to go and are willing to look for the opportunities.
Advice for others
- Intern every chance you get. Seek out someone in your field of interest and follow them around until you know everything the job entails.
- Know what you don’t want to do. It’s often more beneficial than knowing what you do want to do.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If someone’s annoyed with your questions, ask someone else. I regret not asking more questions.
- It’s ok if you don’t know what you want to do. Those around you may have a “plan,” but what happens if that doesn’t work out? You’ve got to be willing to take chances.
Help them achieve
The most prepared students have involved parents—not helicopter parents. They listen to what their kids want to do. Also, I think we do teens a disservice by telling them they can be anything they want to be but not giving them a structure for how to achieve these goals. We have to help them get to where they want to be.
Embrace who you are
There are scholarships out there that are specific to who you are. I received scholarships from two different Greek newspapers, one in New York and another in Boston, because they were specific to my major and Greek heritage. Look at who you are and embrace it. Don’t run from it. People want to help you for who you are.