Between the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, 103.3 WZND, TV-10, and being co-president of The Indy newspaper, ISU junior Carie Kuehn has a full plate on her hands. She is a broadcast journalism major and English minor with a passion to break into the sports industry. After transferring from a small college in Iowa with a triple major she found to be less than desirable, she is enjoying her time at ISU pursing something she loves.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a junior broadcast journalism major with an English minor. I transferred to ISU in the middle of my sophomore year from a very small college in Iowa (Mount Mercy University), where I played basketball and volleyball. I triple majored in biology, environmental science, and English there, but after realizing I hated that combination, I decided to pursue sports broadcasting. I am a huge Chicago sports fan. I am also a literature nerd, and I always have my nose in a book. A busy lifestyle is the life for me. I am a very social and outgoing person as well.
Why did you join ISU PRSSA?
I am not a public relations major, so I originally joined ISU PRSSA to network with other communication majors. One of my friends told me about the organization, and I thought it sounded like a good way to meet people and make connections for the future.
What has been your favorite memory from ISU PRSSA this year?
My favorite part of ISU PRSSA has been the fact that members I have met at meetings have not only become good connections, but also great personal friends.
What inspires you to move forward in broadcast journalism?
I am inspired to continue with broadcast journalism because when I am working it does not feel like a job. I love every moment of what I do, and I feel like it is something at which I can succeed.
Are you involved in anything else on campus?
Besides ISU PRSSA, I participate in WZND, the student radio station, on the news and sports team, and I am involved with TV-10 for my broadcast and production class. I am also co-president of the independent newspaper on campus, The Indy, of which I absolutely love being a part.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I hope to be continuing to do what I love. Hopefully I will be working in the sports industry on the media side. Because the sports industry is competitive, I will be in a small market after graduation. The end goal is to be working in baseball someday, but the next five years will be about getting experience in the field overall.
What do you enjoy to do in your downtime?
To be honest, I do not have a lot of downtime. On top of ISU PRSSA, TV-10, WZND, and The Indy, I also work two jobs. When I do have a spare second, I enjoy painting, reading, writing, and just being with friends.
Questions composed by Kelly Larson
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