Hi, can I get your name, year, and major?
My name is Ialaina Burgos, and I am in my Junior year in college. I transferred from Cypress college and now I’m here at California State University in Fullerton! I’m a Communications major with a concentration in PR.
How long have you been in PRSSA and what made you decide to join?
Right now, this is my second semester in PRSSA. I heard about PRSSA when I first attended the orientation for transfers. They spoke about how it’s a good organization to join, especially if you want a career in PR and gain networking opportunities. It provides you with many opportunities in order to expand your horizons so that once you graduate you will have a stepping stone into your career. Especially since I’m a transfer student and only have two years left, I felt I needed to make the best of everything available.
What is one thing you look forward to in your career with PR?
Some things I look forward to is learning more about PR, getting hands-on experience, and getting to put my years of hard work and studying into good use, so that I can start a stable career for myself.
What is your favorite place to hang out on campus?
My favorite place to hang out would either be the library or the TSU. I really enjoy the TSU because there’s a lot of food and areas to hang out with friends or study.
What other clubs or organizations are you a part of?
I’m part of JCC, which is the Japanese Culture Club, and I am also a part of Circle K! Circle K is an international collegiate service club, with many opportunities to volunteer and help the community.
What are some of your hobbies?
I like to play video games! The one I’m playing right now is Persona 5, but it’s so hard to choose a favorite! I also like to watch anime, search the internet, and I really like to hang out with friends. I enjoy singing, dancing, eating, and traveling! I’m a social butterfly, so I also enjoy talking to other people.
What are three words that best describe you?
Three words would be: nerdy, extroverted, and fashionable!
Out of the panels that you have been to, which have you enjoyed the most?
My favorite one was Lifestyle PR, because they brought in a guest speaker from Blizzard Entertainment which is basically my dream job. I was really excited and happy to be a part of listening to everything Lindsay had to say and her transition from CSUF to where she is now. It made me so excited to realize I could be in that industry and field!
Do you have any mentors or someone you look up to?
I look up to my older sister, who is a really big inspiration in my life. She has accomplished so much after graduating from CSULB. She worked for Tiger, a Japanese rice cooking company, and eventually moved to Japan to teach English. She is a very strong and independent woman and has given me so much life advice over the years.
Do you have a motto or personal mantra that you like to follow?
Be yourself, follow your dreams and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise because in the end it is you that matters the most. Even though you build so many relationships and meet so many people, in the end you yourself need to pull yourself through and achieve what you believe in.