Miranda Pietschman is an Illinois State University junior who is determined to make a change in the world. After transferring to ISU last fall, Pietschman joined the ISU Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Between internship experience and study abroad plans, she is ready for the future.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a junior and 22 years old. I’m majoring in public relations. When I graduated from high school in 2011, I was set to attend American University in Washington, but I had quite a shock when I received the first tuition bill. I took a year off school to work and save money. I then attended the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill., where I earned my associate degree. I transferred to ISU last fall.
Why did you join ISU PRSSA?
My best friend’s dad ran his own consulting business for nonprofit organizations, so when he advised me to join ISU PRSSA, I didn’t hesitate. When I finally transferred here, I was repeatedly told about all the benefits of joining. It wasn’t a hard decision to make because I knew I would get so much out of it.
Besides ISU PRSSA, what other organizations are you involved in?
Last semester I worked at 103.3 WZND in the public relations department. I also hold two internships; one with Young Women’s Christian Association McLean County and another with Arc Media. This upcoming summer, I will study abroad with the School of Communication in Paris.
Describe your dream job.
I am really passionate about social change, organizational sustainability, and environmental advocacy, and health and fitness. So, finding a job in any of those fields would be amazing.
What is something a lot of people don't know about you?
I’m obsessed with a few movie series like “Batman,” “Spiderman,” “Thor”…basically all superheroes (besides “Superman”). I love “The Hunger Games” and anything with Jennifer Lawrence in it.
What is your favorite ISU memory so far?
I’d have to say getting my internship at YWCA has been my best memory. I have learned so much from working there and have experienced so many different things. It’s been such an amazing insight into not only what type of work I want, but it’s also taught me so much regarding the tactical side of public relations and marketing.
Who inspires you?
I think people in general inspire me. I love to meet new people and hear their stories because I learn something from each and every person I meet. People amaze me when they rise above adversity, unite for a common purpose, or even stand their ground when push comes to shove.
Questions composed by Nicole Weishaar
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