Johnson Creek, Wisconsin
Public Relations, Communication
“Having a smaller class size at Carthage has helped me more than I thought it would. I am confident that all of my professors know my name, and I also have a positive relationship with each an every one of them.”
“I chose Carthage not only because it was located between the two major cities of Milwaukee and Chicago, but also because I knew I would thrive in a small community. I grew up in a very small town and always had very small class sizes. Having a smaller class size at Carthage has helped me more than I thought it would. I am confident that all of my professors know my name, and I also have a positive relationship with each and every one of them. I feel more than comfortable asking any instructor for advice or extra help outside of the classroom. I also get the everyday “hello”s from peers, people holding the door open even if I’m twenty feet away, and the friendly smiles on my way to class.”
“The faculty at Carthage have definitely had an impact on my life. I have many great relationships with my professors, one in specific with Professor Colleen Palmer. Prof. Palmer makes me feel comfortable in every class I’ve had with her. She also forwards me internship opportunities, which you normally wouldn’t get from your professors at a big school. She constantly goes out of her way to help her students.”
“My favorite class so far has been Crisis Communication with Prof. Palmer. I love this class because we get to apply everything we learned about PR and communication and apply it to different crises, whether they are current or through a case study. We get to act as if we are the PR team handling the crisis, and it is overall a very fun and enjoyable experience.”
“My toughest class at Carthage so far was Intro to Business. I think what challenged me was how much vocabulary and different theories I had to learn. Although it was a difficult class, I can say that everything I learned has been brought up in each course I’ve taken. It was very helpful in terms of getting a general understanding of what goes on in the business world and why people in the field do things certain ways.”
“I am the vice president of PR and marketing for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. My position entails running social media accounts, creating graphics/digital marketing, planning photoshoots to promote our philanthropy, and working with other board chair members.
“My experience with Alpha Chi Omega has been nothing less than amazing. I love having a group of real strong women that I can rely on, and I love that I can be there for them as well. We get to promote domestic violence awareness on campus, and we host events that go towards our philanthropy.”
“Carthage has brought me many opportunities. I joined the choir my freshman year, became a part of Greek life in spring 2021, and got to listen to well-known guest speakers.”
Internships or campus employment
“I am a student ambassador. I get to show prospective students all of the things I love about Carthage and sometimes even get to see the students on campus the following year! It’s a full circle moment that I truly enjoy.”
“After I graduate from Carthage, I hope to move out west and have a public relations career in the entertainment industry. I want to start small in a well-known PR firm and eventually work my way up. My dream job is to be a PR agent for celebrities and handle crises in the public eye.”
Favorite spot on campus
“My favorite spots on campus are the little hallways in the David A. Straz Jr. Center that overlook the lake. They are so quiet and peaceful, and I always feel most productive when I’m in them. There’s also a lot of really cool art on the mural that I love to look at. I always notice something new on it each time I go.”
“Some of my favorite Carthage memories include my first day of freshmen year, joining Alpha Chi Omega, taking walks along the beach with my friends, going to Starbucks every morning with my peers, attending athletics events, and participating in Homecoming! There are so many more, but these are just a few of my favorites.”
“The biggest surprise so far has been running my sorority’s social media. Seeing the impact it has on people in and outside of my sorority has been amazing. Another surprise has been the overwhelming support I receive from my professors and how they always make sure I have everything I need to succeed.”
Advice for other students in your major?
“Other students should consider PR and communication as majors because there are a wide variety of jobs in both fields. At Carthage, these majors are especially enjoyable because you really get to know your professors and the people within your major. Building these connections will help increase the level of job opportunities after college. My best advice is to put yourself out there, even if you’re not 100 percent sure on what you want to do with your major! Being confident will open so many doors for you.”
What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?
“My 8-year-old self would probably be pretty surprised at what my current career path is. Going from wanting to be a pop-star to wanting to be behind the scenes in the lives of celebrities is a pretty big change. Although, I think younger me would still think it’s pretty cool and be eager to learn more about it.”
“I am a recipient of the non-major music scholarship and the Wilber D. and Martha S. Capps Scholarship. I am extremely grateful to have received both scholarships, one of which was awarded for competing in the non-major music scholarship competition and the other was awarded to me for believing that I have the ability to make a difference in the world. These mean a lot to me because music has always been something close to my heart. I have been singing since I could talk. In middle school, I began competing in singing competitions and joined the concert choir, honors choir, theatre, and band. The ability to make a difference has also always held a special place in my heart. My freshmen year of high school, I started hosting annual cancer awareness fundraisers.”