Kate Keener is a junior exploring new opportunities at Illinois State University, meeting everyone she can through her membership in the ISU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Between changing her major three times and recently switching schools, Keener has had a unique college experience. The value Keener places on learning and family has helped her get to where she is now and come closer to her career goals.
Tell us about yourself.
I am 20 years old and from Crystal Lake, Ill., a suburb northwest of Chicago. I just transferred to ISU from Indiana State University. I have changed my major three times because until now, I have never been sure of what I wanted to do. I started off as a special education major, changed to marketing, and am now in public relations. I transferred to ISU because of how amazing the public relations program is here. It has really challenged me, and I can already see a difference in what I am learning.
What attracts you to public relations?
I chose the public relations major because I love working with people and thinking creatively. I want to gain experience in event planning or do public relations for a sports team in the city. My dream job is to work with Special Olympics, where I want to intern this summer.
How has membership in PRSSA benefited you?
I joined ISU PRSSA as a way to get involved on campus, meet people with the same career goals as myself, and network. Being a member has helped me meet a lot of wonderful people who have made my transition to ISU easier.
What are some things most people do not know about you?
I have a twin brother who has intellectual disabilities. He has participated in Special Olympic events since he was 15 and is the reason I want to work for the organization. I have a passion for the outdoors and love hiking, traveling, and anything to do with water. My favorite season is winter because I love the snow. I have been snowboarding for the past six years and look forward to visiting Colorado for the second year in a row during winter break.
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