How I Define Public Relations:
Public relations is about adapting to sudden change, staying five steps ahead of the game and creatively collaborating with clients, media and coworkers. PR pros are the people behind the scenes working tirelessly to generate newsworthy stories about their clients.
Hat You Most Identify With:
The pith helmet (a.k.a. the ultimate explorer hat). New to the PR and Arizona scenes, much of my time has been spent delving into whatever information I can glean about HMA and its clients and how it all connects to the surrounding community. Holding true to my exploratory spirit, I’m determined to find out as much as possible about our clients and the communities they impact—I’ve got a lot of area to cover.
When I was three-years-old, I decided it was high time that I learn how to write my name. I was adamant about it and didn’t stop until I deemed my “signature” perfect. From then on, I began developing a strong love for books and, to this day, I remain profoundly impressed by the power of the written word.
Books for me have always been more than a hobby but I never considered myself a writer nor thought it was something I would have a talent for. This changed once I began taking English courses at Saginaw Valley State University, a college that is located 15 minutes away from my childhood home in Bay City, Mich.
I entered under the impression that I would leave with my bachelor’s in biology which I would then apply towards medical school. For a number of reasons, mainly the fact that I just enjoyed them, I couldn’t seem to drop my English classes. During my sophomore year, having completed my general education courses and overdue for a reevaluation of my career goals, I decided to change my major to English.
Apart from my classes, the most impactful thing I did while in college was to become a resident assistant. During my three years as an R.A., I learned that I had a knack for communicating with people. I was constantly reaching out to my residents in an attempt to get as many of them as possible to attend each of my programs. This entire experience thoroughly thrilled me.
Once I graduated from SVSU in 2013, I, like many other recent graduates, felt intimidated and confused with the immeasurable number of options out in the “real world.” I felt the need to take a break and moved up to the beautiful town of Harbor Springs, Mich., where I began seasonal employment at both a golf course and a ski resort.
Despite working full-time, I continued to seek out writing opportunities and held three different freelance writing jobs while up there. Although I loved the area and had met some amazing people, I knew I had to do something more in order to find the fulfillment I was looking for.
I began talking with HMA’s vice president/general manager, Abbie S. Fink during the summer of 2016. After a few months of correspondence, I was offered a paid internship at HMA. I made the road-trip down to the Valley in November and the rest is history!
The three months of my internship were a whirlwind, to say the least. Each day is different and presents a unique set of challenges that this greenhorn is continuously adapting to. But that is essentially the name of the PR game. The work continues to be challenging but in a way that propels me forward, inspiring me to set higher goals for myself. Moreover, I have the privilege of working with a one-of-a-kind team that is as welcoming as they are supportive.
In my leisure time, I like to put on my explorer cap and tour the area. I’ve found that I have taken a liking to hiking, which has now become a necessity considering my recent fixation with trying all of the restaurants in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Apart from that, I’m simply enjoying the sunshine and that I’m able to run outside in the middle of winter!