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Shelby graduationIt’s sometimes mindboggling how even though things can change very suddenly, we’re capable of adapting to situations rather quickly. I suspect this is something most public relations professionals find relatable. As a new professional in the industry, I found it reassuring that I’ve been able to adapt quite well to my recent life changes.

My name is Shelby Ray from Bloomington, Ill., and I’m the HMA Public Relations summer intern. Three weeks ago I said goodbye to the Midwest, my family and friends after I graduated from Illinois State University and began the next chapter in my life, but not before a vacation.

It wasn’t a typical vacation as I went on an RV/camping trip through Canada and the New England area with my mom and step dad, who reside in Australia. This was followed by a three-day vacation in Las Vegas. Was it fun? Absolutely! Was it a little hectic having four days to get settled in after such an experience? Well, of course, but I quickly learned I needed to be adaptive.

Now that I’ve been working at HMA for one week, I’m learning that my past three weeks are nothing compared to the fast-paced world here at the firm. Public relations can be challenging, thrilling and ever-changing. I’m sure most professionals in this line of work find this to be true. How are we so adaptive to these situations? Well, I think it’s because it’s our passion, so we make it work.

I was very involved in all-things PR while at ISU. I served on the executive board as the National Liaison for the Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter. In fact, it was thanks to that role that I met Abbie while attending the PRSSA/PRSA International Conference in Philadelphia.  Who knew that a cheesesteak would be the reason I got this opportunity?

With my college chapter closed, I’m happy and honored to be a part of the HMA team for the summer and hopefully beyond that. Being able to pursue my passion right after college is so wonderful. Oh – and I’m very eager to explore everything that Arizona has to offer, of course once the weather drops down from the triple digits. Feel free to leave a comment and introduce yourself to me as I look forward to “meeting” and learning about everyone!

Shelby Ray
Shelby Ray
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

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