Samantha Chadwick is a junior public relations major and journalism minor at Waynesburg University. She is an active member of the Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America, as well as the editorial assistant for the student-run newspaper, the Yellow Jacket.
Chadwick, from Washington, Pa., made her collegiate decision off of two major factors: basketball and being close to home. Now as an upperclassman in the Department of Communication and as a retired basketball player, Chadwick knows that she made the right choice in where to further her education.
“I knew that Waynesburg was the right choice for me when I began to make some of the greatest friends and when I discovered and declared my major of public relations the spring semester of freshman year,” said Chadwick.
Chadwick was initially undecided in her major, but quickly realized that public relations was her calling. With this knowledge, and her education to back her up, she interned for Dick Jones Communications this past summer. Chadwick served as a public relations and media relations intern with the small public relations firm located in Pittsburgh, Pa. Chadwick states that she would consider media relations, as well as special event planning, as a career post grad because of her experiences with Dick Jones Communications.
“I loved working at Dick Jones Communications over the summer,” said Chadwick. “I learned a ton about media relations, which is an area of public relations that I had never really considered before. During my three months at Dick Jones I was able to get a number pieces published and make some very valuable connections.”
Overall, Chadwick’s favorite Waynesburg University PRSSA memory is the regional conference that the Chapter hosted in April 2016. During the planning process, Samantha was highly involved; she assisted in the design and creation of the conference program, attended every session and was a member of the winning team during opening night competition. Samantha says that she is grateful for the opportunities that being part of Waynesburg University PRSSA has presented her with, and she looks forward to the future.
“It is important for everyone to become involved in the Chapter because otherwise, you will be missing out on so many opportunities that will help you launch your career,” said Chadwick. “I am very optimistic about the future and cannot wait to see where this career takes me.”
Natalie Johnston is a sophomore public relations major and environmental science minor. She is an active member of the Waynesburg University Public Student Society of America, an account specialist for Red Brick Communications and a team member for the Mad Anthony yearbook. She hopes to pursue a management or special event planning career post graduation.