What is your name, age, and major?
My name is Sophia Gonsalves, I am 22 years old, and my major is public relations.
How many years have you been at CSUF?
This is my first year starting as a transfer student.
How did you hear about PRSSA?
I heard about it through my teacher actually- Professor Hagihara- shoutout to him. He told me about the organization.
What sparked your interest in the PR field?
I think the aspect of growing into personal relationships and learning more about business.
What is your favorite class this semester and why?
I would have to say my Principles of Public Relations class (Comm 361). It’s very related to what I want to do and very career-orientated. It’s very informational, I enjoy what I’m learning, and my teacher is awesome.
How has PRSSA enhanced your perception of the industry?
It’s definitely enhanced my perception because I’ve gotten to talk to so many people. I’ve talked to people in the industry and striving to be in the industry. It’s just given me a different perspective on each side and more exposure.
What are your goals for the year and how can PRSSA help achieve them?
My goal is to meet as many people as I can regardless if we stay in contact or not. Just being able to meet people from different walks of life, especially related to the industry that can help me get closer to what I want to do. Growing relationships, growing academically and hopefully finding work that is related to my field.
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
That’s hard. I’d say Instagram just because it’s very blog-like and you get to post all different photos, videos and creative content. Along with the fact that it’s easy to contact different people because so many people have the app and use it.
What is the best advice you’ve heard from one of the panels?
The best advice is consistency, be consistent on what you want to do and focusing on that. Consistency is key.
Dream company you’d like to work for and why?
That’s a really hard question. It depends on where I end up going or want to go since there are so many aspects of the business. I definitely think Disney is one of those companies that I’d definitely like to work at one point in time.