Writing is the central core to everything that we do.
Whether it’s public relations, journalism, television, etc, a person will not be successful if they don’t know how to write.
I can honestly say that as an up-and-coming public relations professional, I’ve become a better writer because of the experiences that I’ve gained over the past four years in the Mass Communication Department (MCM) on the campus of Sam Houston State University.
Who would have thought that a Spanish major would have the opportunity to gain experience in the MCM department?
That is exactly the case because at the time, KSHU-TV, the on-campus television station of SHSU, was the only station in the state of Texas to produced a Spanish news cast.
Because of my involvement with different organizations during my senior year, I found out that they needed volunteers for the Spanish newscast and jumped at the opportunity.
Though I had no prior knowledge of how to work a camera, I was willing to learn something new and take that chance.
And like they always say, the rest was history.
I ended up spending two years with the station and was the floor director during the fall semester of 2009
From there, I spent over a year with KSHU 90.5 as the classic rock “On-Air Talent” and wrote for the Houstonian, the independent newspaper of SHSU for a year.
The experienced gained at the paper allowed me to get a job as a freelance writer for the Huntsville Item.
In addition to journalism, I have two and a half years of public relations/marketing experience.
While I jumpstarted the process due to a marketing internship in Vina del Mar, Chile, the majority of it were spent at Priority One Public Relations, an on-campus firm that creates communication plans for departments, colleges, organizations, etc. on the campus of SHSU.
I was fortunate to have learned a lot from Peter Roussel, Warner Chair of Journalism and faculty advisor/teacher of Priority One because of his wealth of knowledge in the public relations field.
Born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, I moved to Huntsville, Texas after I graduated from high school and received an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Lone Star College (2007) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from SHSU (2009).