A person is the sum total of their experiences. Living overseas in Slovakia and Serbia from 2003 to 2006 changed my perspective on life. Submerging myself into other cultures helped me gain a deeper understanding of global issues and cultural discourses.
The opportunity afforded me invaluable experiences and inspired a love to see the world. In my family's travels, I climbed the Pyramids of Giza, skied the Austrian Alps, swam off the coast of Croatia, explored the streets of Prague and swam through a cave in Montenegro's warm waters. I continued my travel pursuits beyond my residency in Eastern Europe to see 16 different countries by the time I was 22. I’m fortunate to have established connections with people across the globe from different cultures and backgrounds.
In 2004, remnants of dictatorship rule were evidenced in bombed out buildings and poverty-stricken areas flanking Serbia’s cities. My family wanted to help. We delivered supply baskets to families living in dangerous conditions such as graveyards, cardboard homes and abandoned train cars. In a moment of despair and sadness came enlightenment.
Despite their circumstances, the families greeted us with infectious warmth and gratitude for the supplies. This was the moment I fell in love with people. Two families meeting across the world, sharing a cherished moment of happiness together. Any cultural or language barriers melted away allowing us to greet each other as neighbors, not strangers.
Working to benefit a cause greater than myself inspires a passionate work ethic in me. Through my leadership roles at Auburn, I developed an intrinsic motivation to serve. I quickly realized the best leaders learn to be the best servant of others first. I carry this philosophy into my work independently and as part of a team.
My experiences overseas and leadership positions at Auburn led me to pursue a career in public relations. I enjoyed the material in class and felt in my element implementing public relations skills in and out of class.
A career in public relations provides the opportunity to establish global connections and serve causes greater than my own. As a current senior, I will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.
I strive to bring a global perspective, a heart for people and an ambitious will to serve to the field of public relations.
Climbed the pyramids, rode a camel, ate lunch on the Nile River and walked through Egypt's bazaar.
Explored Austria's winter wonderland and learned to ski like a foreigner.
Walked on the cobbled stoneways of a 12th century old castle.
Grew a pallet for the Mediterranean diet and watched the sun set on Oia.
Stayed in one of the world's largets hotels, saw the Moscow Kremlin and sat in Russian traffic.
Saw Buckingham Palace, tried tea and crumpets and visited the oldest and largest toy store in the world.
Drove through villages embedded in the mountains and explored Poland's natural beauty.
Fed pigeons in St. Mark's Square, toured the city's waterways by gondola and ate the best pasta of my life.