What is your name, age, and major?
My name is Amanda Arreguin, I’m 21, and I’m majoring in Communications with an emphasis in P.R.
What sparked your interest in the P.R industry?
I was originally a film major and took a communications class that was a requirement for film. The professor was really pitching for communications and said how versatile it is and how there are lots of opportunities for jobs. After my advisor showed me different syllabi for advertising and P.R., I was attracted more towards P.R.
How did you hear about PRSSA?
I learned about PRSSA through my professor, Ken Hagihara. He talks about it a lot and he offered extra credit to go to the meetings. Even though, I was planning on attending now I get extra credit and am able to be a part of the organization.
What are your goals this year and how can PRSSA help to achieve them?
My goal for this year is to finalize what I am going to emphasize on which is probably going to be P.R. PRSSA is already helping me more, even my mom is surprised with what kind of jobs you can get with P.R, and I’m being introduced to more people through tours which is helpful.
What is your favorite class this semester? Least favorite?
My favorite class is a tie- I really like my P.R class, but I also really like my Cinema 103, where you watch movies and highlight Q&As. My least favorite class would probably be my cinema studies class, in general, it’s okay just a lot of work.
What is your dream company or firm that you would like to work for?
It’s a new one because I came to the PRSSA panel, I would really want to work for Taco Bell. I really like Alec Treffers, who was on the panel, and it seems like a cool company to work for.
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Instagram is probably my favorite, it’s more visually appealing and is also good at showcasing humor.
How has PRSSA enhanced your perception of the industry?
It’s made it a lot broader. When people think of P.R., they usually think of press releases, and it’s really not that. You can work with so many different companies and work in different types of P.R. It’s given me so much knowledge already that I didn’t know before.
What’s the best advice you have heard from one of your P.R professors or from the panels?
My P.R professor, Ken, brought in a speaker today who said that “you need to be willing to fail to grow”.