Katie Noland is a sophomore public relations major with a minor in sociology who is ready to take part in the public relations industry. She is driven, focused, and ready to see what the world has to offer.
Tell us about yourself.
I am from Virginia, Ill., a small town near Springfield, Ill. I am involved in Phi Beta Lambda, which is a business fraternity on campus. In my free time, I give campus tours as a volunteer tour guide. I currently hold an internship with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Ill., where I carry out duties with the volunteer services department.
What lead you to choose public relations?
I was actually a business major when I came to Illinois State University and quickly found out it wasn't for me. I craved more exciting classes and a career path closer to my interests. I love writing and interacting with others so public relations seemed like the right fit for me.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I would love to be married with kids and hopefully working at a hospital close to my family and friends. I love to help people, which is why I want to stay in the medical field. I would also like to work in agriculture public relations because I was born in a rural town and could apply my communication skills to what I am already familiar.
Describe your dream job.
My dream job is to work at a public relations agency in St. Louis. I love the area, and there are so many great agencies to work for, such as Osborn Barr. A relaxed environment where everyone’s ideas are heard would be ideal.
Who inspires you?
My family inspires me every day. I always want them to be proud of me so I work extra hard. I also have one of the most supportive families I know. They always have my back no matter what decisions I make.
What is your greatest motivator?
My student loans. Knowing that I have all these loans racked up makes me want to work harder to get a high paying job that I love so I can pay them off quickly.
Tell us something fun about you.
I am crazy good at decorating. If there was more of a market for interior designers, I could have gone with that as a career.
Questions composed by Caitlin O’Donovan
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