Senior public relations major Bridget Anders transferred as a junior to Illinois State University after attending Parkland College for two years. Anders is from a tiny town with a population of approximately 2,100 people. Coming from such a small town and attending a high school with about 160 students total, Anders decided she wanted to embark on a journey that would satisfy her curiosity about the world and its endless opportunities
Tell us about yourself.
I am finishing up the first semester of my senior year. After transferring last year, I became involved very quick. During my time at ISU, I have been involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America, which is one of the largest registered student organizations on campus. After joining last year, I decided to apply for and was chosen to be a part of the executive board. Aside from ISU PRSSA, I am an undergraduate teaching assistant for COM 178, the Introduction to Public Relations course; a School of Communication Promotion and Development intern; and an advisement office front desk attendant
What are your responsibilities as the ISU PRSSA secretary?
I am in charge of composing all PowerPoints, meeting minutes, and agendas, as well as maintaining the Chapter email account, creating and analyzing surveys for Chapter improvement, and coordinating all philanthropic efforts. I am also an adviser to the relations committee, which requires me to edit Chapter publications.
What is an interesting fact about you?
Last summer, I studied abroad in Paris. I am a major foodie; I have a constant craving for pizza, and cheese is the best kind.
Where do you see yourself after graduation?
I am interested in working in agency public relations and incorporating my passion of branding and international communication.
What is your advice to underclassmen considering a career in public relations?
It is okay to not know what you want to do, but once you think you know, dive in. If you are interested in public relations, get involved now, look for internships, and talk to professors.
Questions composed by Allie Trosper
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