I am a senior at the University of Oregon working to receive a public relations degree through the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). I am a passionate journalist and media relations professional with an interest in sports.
Going into my freshman year at the University of Oregon in 2013, I was sure a business degree was what I needed to get the job I wanted and succeed at life. After a few quarters of struggling through my classes without much enjoyment, I took an intro to public relations course and it changed the way I thought about my college experience. I realized that although the concepts of business will always be valuable to me — I am still minoring in business — public relations is my true calling and what I want to do for a career.
In the summer between my sophomore and junior years in college, I studied abroad in Siena, Italy and it changed my life. My mother had studied in Florence, Italy when she was in college and was excited when I showed interest. I was nervous at first to spend so much time abroad with people I had never met before, but I am so glad I took the leap because I made amazing friends all while experiencing an amazing new culture. Our class studied Italian wine marketing and my group made an entire social media plan for one of the oldest wineries in the world, Brolio.
When I am not working towards my degree, I work as an intern with 247Sports’ Oregon chapter “DuckTerritory,” I use my communication skills to bring featured sports coverage to fans of the Oregon Ducks. Through this internship, I connect with thousands of individuals and create awareness for both the site and the University. DuckTerritory affords me the rare opportunity to reach a national audience while collaborating with experienced sports journalists.