Brett Cozzi is a junior public relations major at Illinois State University from Elmhurst, Ill. He hopes to land a job at a public relations agency or work for the communications department for Team USA. At some point in his life, he would also like to take a summer to volunteer for the National Parks Service at Yosemite National Park in California.
Tell us about yourself.
I enjoy the outdoors, being active, and meeting new people. I love hiking, camping, kayaking, rock climbing, hockey, and dogs. I have three dogs and two sisters in my outdoor-enthusiast family.
Why did you decide to join the ISU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America?
I decided to join ISU PRSSA to gain pre-professional experience in the public relations field. Along with building a portfolio through ISU PRSSA, the opportunity to network, work in a team, and make new friends grabbed my attention and helped me decide to join.
What is your dream job?
I’ve played hockey my entire life, so I’d be lying if I said that my dream wasn’t to be a professional hockey player.
Why did you decide to come to ISU?
My sister attended ISU and graduated three years ago, so I’ve always had an interest in the school after all the visits and good times I’ve had here with family and friends.
Who inspires you?
My father, Michael Cozzi, inspires me. We share all the same interests and hobbies. My father passed away after a two-year battle with lung cancer. He never smoked and stayed positive even in his last days with us. My father taught me to never let go of my dreams and that anything is possible if you have the right mindset and motivation. I lived at home and attended community college during his last two years with us; hanging out with him everyday is something I will cherish forever.
What is something most people do not know about you?
Most people don’t know that I am an excellent skate sharpener. I work at Total Hockey in Elmhurst where I sell hockey equipment, sharpen hockey skates, and watch hockey games.
What is your favorite memory of ISU so far?
My favorite memory at ISU so far is meeting a new group of friends while slack lining on the quad.
Questions composed by Melissa Guerra
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