As a kid, I never had a career I dreamt of doing. All of my friends aspired to be a veterinarians, doctors, lawyers, and professional sports players, but I never had an interest in that stuff. It wasn’t until the rise of Twitter and Instagram that I began to want a part of media. In 2012 I downloaded Instagram and never realized how much of an impact it would have on me, my friends, and the entire world. Since then, I have learned the do’s and don’ts, the positives and negatives, but also the way it functions within organizations and businesses. The functionality within companies is what I want be involved in. It’s so important how social media is used, especially when it is used to represent important things like healthcare, the government, and products we consume daily.
In PR there is so much variety. Two graduates of the University of Oklahoma Journalism and Mass Communication College are close family friends of mine. Both are extremely successful but do very different things. One went into fundraising and has met so many new people and traveled to many different countries. The other is the vice president of communications at Big Machine Records, a music label company. He also meets amazing people and has life-long memories. The flexibility and media aspects are what drew me in to be a public relations major.
On top of all of that, Gaylord is a fantastic college at OU and throughout my first semester I have been assured that I made the right decision. According to OU’s fall 2018 enrollment statistics, Gaylord is among the top 10 most enrolled colleges. This is most likely because the faculty and staff is supportive and the work is so hands on. The opportunities Gaylord students are provided are meant to genuinely help us reach our goal. I am so excited to see where OU and Gaylord takes me through my PR degree!