As a full-time student, Illinois State University cheerleader and a member of ISU’s PRSSA Chapter, life is pretty busy for junior Cindy Kirchner.
Why did you join PRSSA?
I am a public relations major with a business administration minor, so joining ISU’s PRSSA Chapter definitely supplements my major. I am able to learn so much more than I would be able to in the classroom. This is my first year as a member because I am also a cheerleader and was never able to leave practice early to attend the Tuesday night meetings. This year I was able to talk to my coach into letting me leave early so I can be present at meetings.
How long have you been a cheerleader?
I have been cheering since I was in middle school and have been an ISU cheerleader all three years that I have been here. It does take up a lot of time because of practices and games.
Why do you enjoy cheerleading?
I enjoy cheerleading because of the athleticism, spirit and enthusiasm. Being a cheerleader is all about having a positive attitude. I pride myself in my positive outlook on all situations, and cheerleading helps enhance that. As for the athleticism, it takes a great deal of technique and confidence to perform the difficult stunts and tumbling that cheerleaders do. I love that I get to fly in the air and transform my body position to make something amazing while working with my partner. Cheerleading is fun and there are always new things to try.
What's a game day like for you?
I love game day! I love football and I get most excited for those game days. Standing on the sideline being right in middle of the action is unbelievable. I have the best seat in the house. The fans are always crazy and just as excited as I am to be there. When it comes to basketball games, I get pumped up when the lights turn off and the entry video comes on. The crowd goes nuts, and it gets my adrenaline pumping. Every game day is different, but each one has something fun or exciting that happens. One of the best parts about basketball and football games is when the little girls come up and give me a hug. They run up in their little cheer uniforms and want to shake my pom poms. It's amazing. It makes me hopeful that cheerleading will always be around.
You seem pretty busy, how do you utilize your time-management skills?
I have a huge planner along with different colored highlighters that differentiate the different events that I will attend, as well as the tasks that need to be finished. I am a very busy person, and I have to write everything down so I do not forget it.
Why do you think it is important for students to get involved while in college?
I think that getting involved is like having a hobby. It is something that keeps you busy and also lets you learn about things in a different way. Getting involved also helps with time management and organizational skills.
Do you plan on having an internship in your undergrad?
I am currently searching for an internship for this summer, but it is very difficult with my schedule. The application process is intimidating, but I am currently searching for those opportunities.
Has PRSSA given you insight on what you would like to do in the public relations field?
Since I have joined ISU PRSSA, I have gone on all the tours and attended National Conference last semester in Philadelphia. The conference was a great way to network. Networking is something that I have learned is very important in the public relations field. At Chapter meetings, I get to learn from my peers who are also majoring in the same field of study. Joining PRSSA has given me the opportunity to look more into the always-changing industry. I am always up for a challenge and new things; PRSSA has assured me that my decision in my major was the right one.