Deja Whitt strives to open the world’s eyes to diversity and culture. After leaving her home in Calumet Park, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, Whitt’s freshman year has consisted of exploring new opportunities at Illinois State University, such as joining the ISU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Whitt has a strong vision for her future as a public relations professional.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a freshman public relations major with a Spanish minor. The School of Communication was the deciding factor in my decision to attend ISU, as well as the diversity on campus.
What is your dream job?
I try to steer away from getting my heart set on a specific “dream job” because I feel that it limits my potential. I always strive to keep my mind open to new ideas and opportunities. However, I would love the chance to be a part of a public relations team for a social media platform like Google or Twitter.
What are your goals for when you graduate?
After graduation I hope to jump right into the field. Hopefully, I’ll be able to move somewhere much warmer than Illinois!
What have you gained from joining PRSSA?
Upon first joining ISU PRSSA, I was a little weary about being a freshman because there are certain things I haven’t experienced that older members have. However, it has proved to be a huge learning experience. Surrounding myself with so many talented people who share the same passion for public relations as myself is really cool. I’ve learned so much and made some great friends.
What is something a lot of people do not know about you?
I’m a huge sucker for animals, especially dogs. I have a family of three Shih Tzus back home, one of which is turning 14.
Who inspires you?
My little sister, Nia, is one of my biggest inspirations. She’s only 12, but she’s an old soul. Being an older sister has always been hard work, but now that we are both older I’m more conscious of the fact that she’s looking to me as a role model. She inspires me to be the best possible version of myself not only for me, but for her too.
What is your favorite memory of ISU so far?
I honestly can’t pin point a favorite memory. I try to make the most out of my time here so every day is a new adventure. I can say, however, that living with my best friend, Chloe Kasper, who is also a member of ISU PRSSA, has been an absolute blast. It’s been great being able to share my college experience with her.
What impact would you like to have on others?
One of my favorite quotes is from Jackie Robinson: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” It would be awesome to be able open people’s eyes to the beauty of diversity and culture. Hopefully I’ll be able to use public relations as a platform to accomplish that.
Questions composed by Taylor Torossy
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