PRSSA Position: President
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
If you won the lottery and never had to work again, how would you spend your time?
If I never had to work again I would spend my time traveling. There are so many places I have never had the opportunity to experience, and there are so many cultures I would love to learn about firsthand. Hopefully I can do this without winning the lottery, but it would be easier if I never had to work again!
If you could start any new club or organization on campus, what would it be and why?
I would start an “Appreciation for the Arts” club. I love promoting and absorbing different forms of creativity: music, art, theatre, literature, etc. I have even done previous work to promote arts education. Even though I personally have no artistic talent, I love consuming and appreciating different art forms (especially when it is in the form of watching my superstar sister perform).
What on-campus (including the strip) cuisine is your absolute favorite?
I love sushi, so I would say Surin or Bento. I do live across from the strip though, and my friends and I eat at Buffalo Phil’s so much that the servers generally recognize us. Looking back on my college career, I think I will always remember those fun lunches and dinners at BPhil’s. If you ever need to locate me, you will probably find me eating at BPhil’s or studying at Starbucks.
Who is your spirit animal?
When I read this question I immediately thought of two people:
1. Rachel Brathen. Most of you probably have never heard of her, but she has become known globally through her Instagram. I am truly inspired by her work and her worldview. I have read her book three times and am constantly motivated and inspired by her expression and point of view.
2. Liz Lemon. I can relate to everything said by the Tina Fey character. Many of my friends have made the comparison, completely unprompted. Her semi-nerdy, overworked but laid back, clumsy and satirical personality is extremely similar to my own.
What has been your best learning experience in college, either in or out of the classroom?
I love all of the PR classes offered here; I think it is what makes our program so strong. The class that I gained the most experience from was The Bateman Competition. The Bateman Competition is PRSSA’s national case study competition for public relations students and can be taken as MC 495 or APR 433. It is an amazing opportunity for any PR major hoping to gain real world experience.
What inspired you to choose PR as your major?
My freshman year I participated in the Disney College Program, an internship program through the Walt Disney Company that gives you firsthand experience through blue-collar jobs at its parks and resorts. While attending I took a speaker series class called “Disney Marketing.” One of the days featured the Disney PR team from New York City, and they discussed a campaign they implemented (featuring the ride I worked at) that won the team a Silver Anvil Award of Excellence. I was hooked after that.
What would be your dream job after graduation?
I struggle with this question because there are so many fields in which I would love to get started. My dream is really to work at a place with a great culture, aligned with my own morals and ideals, that allows me to travel and experience different cultures. I am also 100% a city girl at heart and hope to work in a major city when I graduate (domestic or abroad).
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