A city girl and true optimist, Chloe Kasper’s passion for public relations and her confident attitude helps her bridge the gap between alumni and current members of the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America as she serves as this year’s Alumni Chair. Read on to find out what this future PR professional and dear friend of mine plans to do with this leadership position.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a sophomore public relations major and a Latin American studies minor. I grew up in Chicago Ridge, Ill., a small southwest suburb of Chicago, so it is safe to say I am quite the city girl. However, my love for the city did not stop me from pursuing a higher education here at ISU. I love being involved on campus, which is what drew me to join ISU PRSSA, as I saw no better way to become acquainted with the people, opportunities, and experiences that the public relations major provides. I am also a member of two other registered student organizations, ISU’s Chapter of Her Campus and The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi). Outside of my activity in RSO’s, I love to sing and dance. When I am not writing, I am singing, and sometimes I even do both at the same time! In my free time, I enjoy long drawn out phone conversations with my family and friends, binge watching romantic comedies, and reading anything related to popular culture, especially anything music related!
Personally, what do you plan to gain from this position?
From this position, I plan to gain experience in a multiplicity of areas. This position allows me to learn more about the public relations program at ISU (our organization in particular!) and the professional careers of people it helped foster. Along with that comes learning about networking, how to create one and then continuously build upon it. I also hope to learn more about design, as I will be working with new Adobe programs to design the look of the Alumni Newsletter. As an avid writer, I also hope to gain more knowledge and practice with different style formats as well as improve my editing skills.
What you plan to accomplish through your position as Alumni Chair?
One of my main goals as the Alumni Chair is to connect our young public relations professionals with more experienced professionals out in the field today as a way to extend the teachings ISU’s public relations program and ISU PRSSA in particular outside of the classroom. I also hope to make connections between our organization and what we produce with other departments and organizations at ISU to continue increasing our reach in our professional network, as well as work to gain alumni support in the form of monetary gifts so that ISU PRSSA can continue to provide its members with life changing knowledge and opportunities.
What is your spirit animal?
It is not a what but a who for me: Taylor Swift! I have been a diehard fan ever since she released her first album and I have to say I have lived vicariously through her ever since, especially during her curly haired years because she was major hair inspiration for me and other curly haired girls everywhere!
What’s your favorite book and what impact has it had on your personal and/or professional life?
My favorite book is hands down The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. It is a classic, so that right there tells you the impact it must have on readers everywhere and throughout time! This novel has shown me that like Holden Caulfield, everyone experiences moments in their life that seem hard to understand and do not make sense or match up to what you had planned to happen, but that it is okay to feel things, and express those feelings, as well as make mistakes and then move forward knowing more. His character development also resonated with me as he always stays true to himself and what he believes in even when others disagree, look down upon him, and even as he grows and matures himself. The expression of his teenage angst in this novel was a great learning outlet for me about life especially during my pre-teen and teenage years. Moral of the story? Not everyone is a phony!
If you were a (Disney) song, which one would you be and why?
“Reflection” from the movie Mulan. The movie has a special place in my heart because it was the first Disney movie I ever say in theaters. The song is all about finding yourself and sharing it with others, which I am all about. It is what brought me to public relations, to be honest! Also, this song is so fun to sing!!!
Questions composed by Deja Whitt
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