Farewell Summer

 In KCS News

Actually, farewell to our summer intern, Abigail Silva.

My name is Abigail Silva, I will be starting my senior year this fall at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi working towards earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a minor in Public Relations.

I have always known that communication is important, which is what lead me to choosing communications as my major. My time spent at KCS Public Relations (KCS|PR) has given me a better understanding as to why communication is so important especially when connecting with others every day and working on different projects.

Before I was given the opportunity to intern at KCS|PR, I felt I gained a large amount of knowledge in the courses I had taken at TAMU-CC.  While I was able to reflect on what I have learned and apply it during my internship, I realized lectures teach you the materials you might use one day, and an internship gives you the opportunity to learn and experience how it is applied before finding a career.

As a transfer student from a community college, I can honestly say I knew nothing about what an internship was until Fall 2017 in Dr. Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer’s Intro to Public Relations class. She had a list of internship opportunities and my classmates were discussing their internships and I wondered, “what’s the big deal?” It wasn’t until the spring semester of my junior year that I knew I needed to figure some things out and search for an internship.  

Towards the end of the spring semester this year, I was confused and unsure if public relations was something I really thought I could pursue a career in and be successful in the future. When this internship was brought to my attention, I thought that this would be a great learning experience and a way to find out if public relations was really for me.  I can’t express enough how thankful I am for this opportunity.  I now have a better understanding of the importance of an internship before graduation.

 This experience has helped me realize that while there are still areas where improvement is needed and there is so much more to learn, I believe that I am on the right path to be a successful public relations professional one day and I have KCS|PR to thank for that.

After everything I have experienced and learned, I will always remember that public relations is so much more than just communicating with others, its about making connections and building relationships.

My time spent in the office at KCS|PR this summer has gone by quickly and I wish it didn’t have to end.  I am beyond thankful for this learning experience.  It has helped me grow not only as a student wanting to pursue a career in public relations but as an individual and a communicator.

I would like to thank Doreen, Nicole, and Kara for this experience. They played a big role each day through their mentoring.  I hope to take all I’ve learned during my time spent with KCS|PR and apply it to future opportunities.

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