Taylor Pieper, a senior public relations and digital design major, entered Waynesburg University following the visons of her father. She took his suggestions, and decided to take the same path as her older sister and major in nursing.
Everything seem to be going as plan until the time Pieper went to donate blood; she passed out from the sight of a needle. Taking it in to consideration, Pieper knew that nursing was not the right choice for her.
Pieper’s main aspiration in life is to help people. Wanting to correlate that passion with her future career, Pieper decided to take a new path and study public relations and digital design.
“My favorite aspect of PR is the people,” said Pieper. “I am a people person – I love helping people.”
Since making that choice three years ago, Pieper has found a niche in the Department of Communication, and believes that it was one of the best decisions she has made in her college career.
“I like the Department because it’s a family. Family is very important to me, so when I changed my major, I was welcomed with open arms. Everyone is always there for each other, and that’s important,” said Pieper. “How involved everyone is also important to me because that showed me how serious and passionate they are about what they do.”
Throughout her time in the Department, Pieper has been an active member in the Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter, as well as the Waynesburg Chapter of American Institute of Graphic Arts. She currently serves as the fundraising coordinator for Waynesburg University PRSSA and the vice president of Waynesburg University’s AIGA group.
Pieper, in addition to these leadership roles, is also the creative director for Red Brick Communications, a nationally affiliated student-run firm, and works for the university in admission as a student ambassador.
Just as the field of public relations has changed over the past years, so has Pieper’s future dreams.
“I came into the major wanting to do medical public relations, then fashion public relation and, now, environmental nonprofit public relations” said Pieper. “My mind is constantly changing because there are just so many opportunities that I have in this profession.”
Taylor White is a senior studying public relations and minoring in journalism at Waynesburg University. Taylor serves as the special events coordinator for the Waynesburg University Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America. Follow Taylor on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.