I was a senior at City College of New York, majoring in communications with a concentration in PR and advertising. It was simultaneously exciting and stressful, as I was in a financial crunch. Since my three remaining classes were considered a part-time course load, I only qualified for half of the financial aid I would need.
Shortly after finding myself in this situation, a professor told me that I'd won a scholarship from the Foundation of Women Executives in Public Relations (WEPR), which helped pay for the rest of my tuition and part of my book expenses. As a recipient, I was invited to many WEPR-sponsored events and activities, such as seminars and panel discussions. This helped me meet leading PR executives, learn more about agency life, and share my academic experiences and accomplishments.
During that time, I was introduced to KCSA Public Relations Worldwide.
I began as an intern, and assumed a full-time role a bit over a year ago.
I also became a US citizen during that time.
Today, I manage various accounts, along with the internship program.
WEPR truly gave me my big break before I ever started working.