Public relations student Sydney Holland is a great example of what students should aspire to be in college. When Holland isn’t busy in the classroom, interning, or working at the ISU Student Fitness Center, she is dedicated to improving her public relations skill set with the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. Holland is an active member in Progressive Image, the Chapter’s student-run firm, and will be representing ISU PRSSA as the National Delegate next month at the PRSSA 2016 National Assembly in Dallas, Texas, which is why she is this week’s featured member!
Tell us about yourself.
I am a junior public relations major from Mundelein, Ill. When I first began studying at ISU I was confused about what I wanted to do. I decided to enroll in the introduction to public relations course on a whim and discovered that public relations was the right major for me. I like to keep busy with ISU PRSSA, working at the Student Fitness Center, and interning at Uptown Partners.
Why did you join ISU PRSSA?
After declaring my major as public relations, I wanted to do everything I could to learn more about the field and get to know other public relations students. I wanted to take advantage of all the great opportunities ISU PRSSA has to offer like agency tours and workshops to develop myself professionally. It is also a lot of fun and gives me a chance to apply what I learn in class in more realistic situations.
Besides ISU PRSSA, what other organizations are you involved in?
I try to be involved with the Association of Women in Communication, ISU Mediation Club, and I work at the ISU Fitness Center as a Fitness Floor Monitor.
Describe your dream job.
I would like to work in agency public relations or doing public relations for a natural health company.
What is something a lot of people don't know about you?
I have a passion for nutrition and food. I love learning about organic nutrition, clean eating, and homeopathy. I love trying new foods and making healthier alternatives out of my favorite meals. If I were not a public relations major, I would definitely try to pursue natural health.
What is your favorite ISU memory so far?
Homecoming every year is always a good time, being with my friends always makes it memorable.
Who inspires you?
My parents inspire me; they both have an admirable work ethic but always put what is important first. I think today it can be hard to find a balance between work and family, and they do a really good job of keeping that balance. I aspire to be like that when I am older and I know I can always rely on them for help with anything.
Questions composed by Kimi Sanden
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