Second semester senior Becca Williams is wrapping up her time at Illinois State University (ISU) and is ready to begin her professional career.
Williams began studying communication at Morraine Valley Community College and is now graduating from ISU in December. When she's not studying, she enjoys running, exercising, singing, acting and writing.
"I initially wanted to be a theatre major," said Williams. "But when I got to ISU, I grew an interest in organizational communication studies.”
Williams has been an active member in the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America for two years.
When I asked Williams about her motivations and inspirations, she said the role models she has met through ISU PRSSA have influenced her positively throughout her involvement with the organization.
Outside of ISU PRSSA, she noted her professors have been a major source of inspiration for her. Williams also recognizes her hardworking, doting parents as strong motivators in her life.
Preparing for her post-college plans, Williams is still deciding what particular industry she wants to join but has an interest in sales and recruiting. She eventually hopes to work in human resources. She said she wants to stay in the Chicagoland area for a bit after she graduates because of the many opportunities it offers.
I could tell that ISU PRSSA has played a huge role in Williams’ life. So I asked her, "How important has ISU PRSSA been to you?"
Her first response was a passionate, "I love PRSSA!" She smiled and her eyes lit up when she spoke about how much it changed her life and matured her.
"Even though I'm not a public relations major, ISU PRSSA provided me wonderful opportunities outside of my schoolwork,” said Williams. “The workshops are extremely helpful and there are great volunteer opportunities,” she said.
Williams said she gains a lot of satisfaction from helping others and being around positive, like-minded individuals in ISU PRSSA. She said she will miss this experience after moving on to the next chapter in her life.
Interview By Eric McEwen
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