Member of the Week: David Johnson

Name: David Johnson

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Minors: Sociology and Advertising

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

Activities on campus: Co-founder and President of Heifer International at UD, Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Disaster Research Center, PRSSA enthusiast

What I hope to get out of PRSSA: My studies have not explicitly prepared me for public relations work.  Thanks to its strong network of students and professionals, PRSSA allows me to meaningfully kindle my passion for strategic communication.   Professional development seminars and diverse guest speakers have hastened my development as an aspiring public relations professional and I eagerly look forward to participating in upcoming events.  I praise PRSSA for helping me immerse myself in the exciting pubic relations field.

Dream job after college: Any position that allows me to use my skills to improve the quality of life of others.  More specifically, I plan on pursuing non-profit work, ideally with the Alzheimer’s Association.  Using public relations skills to accomplish noble tasks inspires me.

Member of the Week: Maddie Brooks

Name: Maddie Brooks

Year: Sophomore

Major: Communication Interest and Public Policy

Hometown: Newark, DE

Activities on campus: PRSSA, Staff Reporter for The Review, Swing Dance Club, InterVarsity

What PRSSA means to me: PRSSA helps me to gain knowledge and become confident in my aspiration to become a public relations professional. I used to be nervous and unsure of what to expect in this field, but PRSSA prepares me tremendously. PRSSA takes classroom knowledge and applies it in a real world, career-focused setting. The speakers, skill slams, and field trips dig deep into public relations practice and cultivate our expertise and professionalism. Because of PRSSA, I am confident I will succeed for the remainder of college and in my career.

Dream job: Doing public relations for a hospital, healthcare organization, or nonprofit organization

Member of the Week: Shayna Lupu

Name: Shayna Lupu

Year: Sophomore

Major: Communication Interest

Minor: Applying for Advertising Minor

Hometown: North Bellmore, NY

Activities on campus: Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority (Spirit Chair), BlueHenSays Ambassador (follow me @BlueHenShayna), PRSSA member

What I hope to get out of PRSSA: Knowledge of public relations, social media skills, networking opportunities, friends and experiences from our field trips and connections!

Dream job after college: Working for a public relations firm in NYC.

Member of the Week: Laura Hepp

Name: Laura Hepp

Year: Freshman

Major: Communication Interest (I plan to add the English – Professional Writing major either next semester or next fall)

Minor: I plan to add a performance studies minor next semester.

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Activities I am involved with on campus: E-52 Student Theatre (I am currently in their show, Avenue Q), PRSSA, QUEST Leadership Program (part of Blue Hen Leadership Program), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Vision A Capella

What I hope to get out of PRSSA: I really hope to gain a lot of knowledge about and experience in public relations. I’m really looking forward to getting to know professionals as well as other students who are interested in the same career path as I am! I’m also hoping to gain internship experiences.

Dream job after college: I actually have two dream jobs. I would love to perform in a Broadway musical or a national traveling tour. My other dream job is to work in public relations for a Fortune 500 company.