1. What made you choose to be involved with PACE and what did it add to your undergraduate experience?As a journalism student, I was always keenly aware that freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and that an educated electorate ensures the success of a society. And while my journalism courses were tactical and enlightening, I also had a passion for leadership and a strong desire to learn how to engage my peers. When I heard about PACE, I knew it was the perfect fit to pair with my degree. Throughout my four years at IU, PACE offered me not only stellar teachers who cared about my educational, professional and personal success and a peer group of like-minded individuals to discuss current events with, but a platform to become a better member of society and version of myself.
2. Tell us about the studies and work you chose after you graduated: why did you want to do that and what has it been like? I currently work in Chicago as an associate at Golin, a PR agency known for its enduring client relationships and commitment to relevance. As a digital catalyst on the healthcare team, I work with pharmaceutical clients on unbranded educational initiatives to support both patients and doctors. I am surrounded by strong leaders who are committed to delivering bold ideas through integrated communications, and I'm proud to work for a company that is committed to bettering the lives of its employees.
3.What would you want to tell current PACE students about engagement and professional development?Don't be afraid to network! Utilize the PACE connections you make, connect with alumni on LinkedIn, and reach out to others and ask for advice. By building a strong network of people around you who can vouch for you, connect you with others and champion your work, you're optimizing your opportunities for success in all realms of life.