Michael Capriotti, a senior public relations major from Tinley Park, Ill., recently joined the Illinois State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. He had heard nothing but positive things about the organization and wanted to take advantage of the opportunities it provides. Capriotti’s dream job upon graduation in May is to be a pharmaceutical sales representative based out of Chicago, and he is already on his way to doing just that.
Over the summer, Capriotti interned with Astellas, a Chicago-based pharmaceutical sales company. Capriotti said that the internship made him want to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals, and he was offered a job opportunity after graduation. This internship experience is not the only thing that has prepared him to enter the work force. Capriotti credits his preparedness to his experiences at ISU in the School of Communication as well.
“My communication professors have influenced me the most. They have taught me so much. Not just lessons in the classroom, but life lessons that will make me a better individual in all aspects. I am so proud to say that I am graduating from an institution that shaped me into who I am,” said Capriotti.
There is a personal side to Capriotti that has shaped him as well. Capriotti loves wrestling and passes this love onto younger individuals by helping out with wrestling programs. Growing up in a family of five has helped shape him into the individual he is today. Capriotti says that his family is what truly inspires and motivates him in life.
“My parents, Bob and Marcia, are my inspiration. They have taught me integrity, respect, and all my basic morals. They have shown me what it means to be a part of a close family. I also look up to my older brother, Ryan, who is a school teacher. My twin sister, Michele, is autistic. My parents have not only devoted their lives to my brother and I, but also to raising my sister. She inspires me every day to take advantage of the opportunities I have,” said Capriotti.
This young man has a heart of gold and makes ISU PRSSA proud to have him as a new member.
Interview by Alex Danko
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