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Member Spotlight: Whitney Welker


  1. What has been one of your favorite experiences with PRSSA-SE? 

One of my favorite experiences with PRSSA-SE has been attending Career Development Day. Being able to listen and interact with professionals helped me better prepare myself for my future career and learn how to market myself.

2. What skills and knowledge have you gained through PRSSA-SE that you can apply towards your professional life? 

Through PRSSA-SE I was able to pitch in front of professionals and gain valuable feedback on what tactics to implement in my pitching format in order to achieve a higher success rate.

Also, networking in general. Being a member of PRSSA-SE has connected me with so many alumni that I can refer to when searching for jobs.

3. What are your career goals? And how has PRSSA=SE helped to prepare you for those goals? 

I am pursuing a career in the agriculture field, and hope to become Director of Communications at a large agriculture company. PRSSA-SE has helped me by connecting me with people in the field. I already have a background in agriculture, but knowing people in the communications field can help direct me in the right path to obtain the career that I dream of.

Fun Questions: 

Favorite Food? 

Any and every kind of food.

Favorite Movie? 

The Wedding Date

Favorite Sports Team? 

St. Louis Cardinals

Favorite College Moment? 

When I met Lauren Dumey


Playing sports

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Three Things Every College Student Should Do to Prepare Themselves for Their Career

In this executive member blog, Jacqueline Neil, Creative Director, reflects on her experiences thus far, and imparts advice on emerging public relations students. Pretty soon I will dive into the dephs of my career;  beginning with a job search. This is my senior year of … Continue reading Three Things Every College Student Should Do to Prepare Themselves for Their Career

“Do What You Love, Love What Do” By Hannah Bobeen

PRSSA Hannah Bobeen  In this executive member blog, Hannah Bobeen, PRSSA-SE Vice President of Finance, shares the importance of doing what what you love.

Being a college student in the last year of school I’m always getting the question, “what do you want to do after you graduate?” For a long time it seemed the obvious answer was “a job that I love,” since that’s what most people want. However, I never really took the time to think what I really do enjoy enough that I wouldn’t mind being involved with it everyday, especially for an indecisive person like me.

When I chose a minor for the public relations program I immediately went to hospitality management because of my love of travel. It then became a snowball effect with love for travel; the more I learned about it the more I wanted to explore, and when I did explore I wanted to share it with everyone.

After going on a PRSSA agency tour in St. Louis last spring, I had finally found what I wanted to do after I graduate. We got to hear two wonderful, welcoming women talk about their experiences bringing in tourists to St. Louis and getting locals excited about the city they lived in. These women did everything from running huge, city-wide events to promoting some of St. Louis’ most popular attractions. It seemed like if I kept the same mentality about sharing what I love with travel and tourism this would be the right career choice for me.

Now for the fall semester I’m getting my first experience in traveling and tourism with an internship at the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, also known as the CVB. Many people that I’ve told where my internship is at always seem to think it sounds really boring, but they end up being surprised to hear what it entails and how much I love it.

At the CVB I assist the Public Relations Director with everything Cape Girardeau-related, and a lot of the tasks are similar to what I had heard the speakers talk about. It seems that every day has been a little different for me, even if I was working on the same project as the day before, which is ideal for me.

I think what really has made an impact on me to pursue a career in this field is the love my supervisor has for her job. I can see the passion she has for the CVB in just about everything she does, and how excited she gets to start a new project. I wholeheartedly believe the saying ‘do what you love, love what you do” is applied to her, and I want that same love for my future career.

If there is any advice for finding a career that will best suit you, make it something you love and do what you can to experience that before you move on in to the “real world” after graduating. It may take a few tries to figure it out, but it clearly is worth it when you can see the professionals who truly are passionate about their careers.