Senior Analita Voss is the Forever Redbirds account executive for the student-run firm, PRogressive Image, for the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. PRi is a great committee to get involved in for members interested in agency public relations because it offers opportunities to do hands-on work with real clients.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a senior public relations major and joined ISU PRSSA last year after I transferred. I joined the relations committee and frequently wrote for the Chapter’s blog, PRecisely PR. When I was not blogging, I worked at Chipotle. I also love to travel. Many students study abroad in college, but I have grown up traveling with my family. My mom believed it was important to learn outside the classroom. I was not homeschooled, but she thought it was better for me to explore the world and learn about it from my own perspective. I also play piano, have my own personal blog and am a huge "Doctor Who" fan.
What is Forever Redbirds?
Forever Redbirds is an organization aimed at seniors encouraging them to give back to ISU after they graduate. The donations can go to any registered student organization (RSO) on campus or to the school. Forever Redbirds encourages seniors to donate the amount of their graduation year. For example, those who graduate in 2015 are encouraged to give $20.15. Many students choose to direct their gifts toward student resources like the Student Fitness Center or Tech Zone. PRi is spreading the word about Forever Redbirds to seniors through social media by educating them about who we are and what we are doing. My goal for Forever Redbirds is to make donating back to ISU a tradition because even after you graduate, you will forever be a redbird.
What do you hope to gain as an account executive in ISU PRSSA?
I hope to gain more knowledge about my major. Public relations is an evolving field, and the best way to learn about it is to get involved with internships or other professional development opportunities. Of course we all need the basics, but the cool thing about public relations is that you learn as you go. ISU PRSSA provides members in PRi the experience of doing what an agency does but at a learning pace.
What is your dream job?
I would love to do international public relations. It would be really cool if I could do freelance work. Freelance public relations would allow me to do my own thing, run my own show and would provide endless traveling opportunities.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Definitely not in Illinois! I don’t know whether I will be in the U.S. or not but I know I will be doing something spectacular.
Questions composed by Deja Whitt
PRecisely PR is the blog of the Illinois State University Chapter of the PRSSA. We write about Chapter events, the public relations industry, member profiles, and more.