Coming to a Close
By Elyssa Wiener, president, Quotes UCF
As my time in college comes to a close, I can’t help but be filled with many emotions. When I started college I aimed to pursue a degree in Psychology, which quickly changed when a close friend said I’d be perfect for Public Relations. She couldn’t have been more right. As soon as I took Lindsay Hudock’s Intro to PR class, I was hooked. How did I not know this career existed? It was exactly what I was looking for. After throwing everything I had into PR classes, internships, Quotes and as many FPRA experiences as I could get to, the end is bittersweet.
The end of my run with Quotes is hard to swallow, since making sure other students got the same experience as I did was a big goal for me. To no longer have a hand in that process is sad, but I hope to still inspire students to follow the Ad/PR track UCF offers and dive into professional experiences as much as they can. After completing five internships, I’m a huge advocate for experiencing and learning in your field. I aim to also push the student APR certification, because let’s be real, no one should pass up that opportunity.
As for my next chapter of life, all of my incredible experiences with the Ad/PR program, FPRA and Quotes have landed me my dream job with an agency I absolutely adore. As a matter of fact, the first time I met my boss was at an FPRA event. The power of networking is truly amazing. I hope to be very involved with both FPRA and UCF after graduation and to get my “big girl” APR in five years, but until then, GO KNIGHTS!