I am a second-year graduate student at Oklahoma State University working towards a master’s degree in Mass Communications.
I was invited to an accelerated graduate program called the 4+1 program, which allowed me to begin graduate courses while finishing my undergraduate degree.
I have interned in various positions with OSU athletics since the beginning of my sophomore year in 2014. I started with OSU athletic marketing and promotions, working events for every sport throughout the year. My junior year was spent working in the OSU athletic communications office, where I learned most of my skills. Lastly, in the summer of 2016, I was lucky enough to intern with University of Hawaii athletics and work side by side with their Director of Media Relations and SIDs.
Through my internships I have learned effective writing, interviewing and communication skills. I am skilled in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and social media. This year, I will be focusing on strengthening those skills.
In 2016, I was chosen as one of the 23 students in my college to be highlighted and recognized on the school website for my experiences and accomplishments outside of the classroom. The highlight of my junior year with the athletic department was working with wrestling all season, and writing numerous feature stories for various sports. I was invited by the Big 12 Conference to work the 2016 Big 12 Wrestling Championships in Kansas City.
I was chosen as a recipient of the NCAA Women’s Ethnic and Minority Graduate Scholarship last summer. With that being said, I was one of 26 students from around the United States to receive this honor. As a recipient, I was invited to attend the 2017 NCAA Career in Sports Forum (CSF), which took place in Indianapolis at the NCAA national office. While I was there, I not only learned valuable information regarding working in the sports industry, but I also learned about myself and what it takes to get where I want to be.
Growing up I was involved in almost any sport you could imagine. With my athletic background and passion for writing, I knew I would find a way to keep athletics in my life one way or another. A goal of mine is to one day work for a professional/collegiate sport organization or write for ESPN’s 30 for 30 or E:60, or SportsCenter’s SC Featured.
Although I have always had the desire to work in athletics, I have also grown interested in the public relations and advertising industry as well. No matter where I end up, my purpose and ultimate goal in life is to make a difference through the work I produce.