Help us in welcoming HMA's newest team member, Bre Krager! Bre just started as an intern with us earlier this month and we're happy to have her.
Bre, introduce yourself.
When it comes to public relations, I am the greenest of greens – greener than even the hated, pre-released Starbucks cup. This career choice wasn’t even on my radar when I first graduated from college. To clarify, there weren’t any career choices on my radar. I was, like many new graduates, overwhelmed with the amount of opportunity newly available to me. It wasn’t until this past summer that I began to yearn for a change. I wanted something that I could become passionate about , a job that was communications-driven that would push my limits. So, I turned towards public relations.
Born and raised in Bay City, Michigan (where the thumb of the “mitten” meets the hand – you know what I’m talking about), I am the oldest of three in a large, loving and loud family. Growing up in a Krager household taught me a few things – to speak up (if you don’t, the person next to you will not allow another lapse in conversation), that life becomes marginally easier once you learn to laugh at yourself, to stick to your guns and that it’s not always wise to lead with both the left and right bower (euchre, anyone?).
I went to Saginaw Valley State University, a Division II school in mid-Michigan, on a full-ride academic scholarship. Fun fact, our mascot is also the Cardinals! I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2013.
While at SVSU, I made a goal to stay as busy as possible with the intention of making campus feel more like home. I was a resident assistant for three years, a member of Alternative Breaks, a Club Red tour guide and communications coordinator of our school’s National Residence Hall Honorary.
After graduation, I moved up to Northern Michigan where I worked at both a golf course and ski resort. While up there, I began to pick up freelance writing projects for a variety of different print publications. I loved the writing I was doing but wanted more. In addition to this, I knew I didn’t want to go through another Northern Michigan winter. I began to plan my next move.
Catching wind of this, my aunt, who lives in Arizona, introduced me to Abbie. We began talking – about the job, the company, public relations in general and my experience. I was intrigued from the start. I flew out to visit HMA in August and was offered the internship in October.
I’m well into my third week here but remain continually amazed at the amount of information each of my coworkers retains about their clients. I’m inspired by the team here at HMA and feel very fortunate to be able to learn from a group of people who do more work in a day than I imagined possible all while remaining genuinely friendly. Needless to say, I’m excited to see where this internship will take me.
In the meantime, I plan on trying to explore as much of Arizona as possible. I was naively determined to eat at every restaurant down here until I actually made the move and realized what a pipe dream that was! I also find it absolutely thrilling that I’m able to use Groupon down here – it’s the little things.
I’m excited to learn more about public relations and to meeting you, so don’t hesitate to introduce yourself in the comments below!