Hard work and dedication to benefiting others has helped sophomore Dillon Maher excel in his leadership role within the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Maher’s drive not only makes him stand out in ISU PRSSA, but also within the ISU student body.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a sophomore majoring in public relations and minoring in civic engagement and responsibility. The most important thing in my life is my faith; as a Christian, I try to see everything through the lens of my relationship with Jesus.
I am from a small town of about 850 people. A lot of people from Chicago or the suburbs say that moving to Normal, Ill., is weird because it’s so small, but it’s a lot bigger and different from that to which I’m used. Transitioning into life at ISU has been easy because of the great friends and community I have found here.
What are your responsibilities as relations manager?
As relations manager, I oversee all of our Chapter’s publications, including our member and alumni newsletters and blog. I edit every article or post that gets published, as well as plan out an editorial calendar and work with the committee chairs to decide what we will cover.
What makes a great writer?
This may sound cliché, but one of the biggest criteria for me is that a great writer must put effort in what they write. When you take the extra time to craft the perfect sentence, to pick the best word, and to critically proofread, it definitely shows.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My parents always stressed treating others with respect and doing good work. Every opportunity I have taken advantage of has been a result of one or both of these rules. I believe that if you treat others right and work hard, good things will come to you. That’s how I went about the process to become the newsletter chair last semester, became the relations manager this semester, and plan to move forward.
If you could relocate anywhere, where would you choose and why?
I wouldn’t want to relocate there permanently, but I would love to live in Europe for a period of time. I had my first experience in Europe this semester when I traveled to Germany over spring break, and I fell in love with it. I’m studying abroad in Paris this summer, and I couldn’t be more excited to return.
Questions composed by Melaina Chromy
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