Tell us about yourself.
I am a junior public relations major from Bartlett, Ill., a suburb of west Chicago. I transferred to Illinois State University this fall after receiving my associate degree from Elgin Community College. I chose to major in public relations based off of a recommendation from a career counselor. I realized public relations was the right choice for me when I began to learn about how the profession is both challenging and self-rewarding.
What do you hope to accomplish through your ISU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America membership?
I decided to join ISU PRSSA in hopes of gaining experience in the public relations industry and broadening my awareness of the field. Being exposed to opportunities related to leadership, networking, fundraising, event planning, and agency tours will help me better understand the industry.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself with a successful career, loving marriage, and healthy family. I would love to move somewhere warm and be able to travel often. Ultimately, I wish to be happy.
What is your dream job?
I have been asking myself the same question for quite some time. I can see myself working at a public relations agency in a big city, but I have also always dreamed about moving to Hawaii and working for a corporate resort.
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?
I would choose Mahatma Gandhi because he has not only been an inspiration to me but also to people across the world for generations. I believe that his trust in non-violent actions to promote peace and independence ultimately was the encouragement for the non-violent civil rights movement here in the United States. I know that I could learn a lot about how to view and appreciate people, life, and freedom from meeting him.
Who else has inspired you?
My parents are my biggest inspiration. I cannot choose just one of them because they both have supported and guided me to become the person I am today. I admire the the motivational work ethic of my father, who has always emphasized the importance of believing in yourself and trying your best at everything you do, and the warm, nurturing heart of my mother. They both will always be my inspiration to succeed.
Questions composed by Deja Whitt
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