Hailing from Clymer Pa, and attending a small high school, sophomore Gabrielle Coy knew she wanted a similar environment for her college education. After selecting Waynesburg University, Coy, a public relations major and journalism minor, knew she wanted to pursue a career in writing; after finding the Communication Department, Coy knew public relations was the right choice for her.
“I didn’t want to be just a number at a school,” said Coy. “I wanted to be able to personally know the professors, and for them to personally know me. Waynesburg is great in that sense, my professors know who I am, but they also know my strengths and weaknesses, and that’s something that you can’t find at most schools.”
Since stepping onto campus, Coy has been greatly involved with the Department of Communication, but more specifically Waynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter. Coy currently serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the Chapter, as well as a Project Manager for the nationally affiliated student-run communications firm, Red Brick Communications. She has succeeded in these roles, and is thankful for the opportunities the organizations have provided her.
“The amount I’ve learned from PRSSA and Red Brick is so much more than what I would learn from sitting in a classroom,” said Coy. “I’ve become a better writer and I’ve been exposed to the many facets of public relations – event planning, design, research, networking – just by getting involved.”
In her time at Waynesburg University, Coy has attended two Professional Development Days, hosted through PRSA Pittsburgh. These guaranteed Coy that she selected the correct field to study. Coy also attended the Regional Conference held by Waynesburg University last year.
Coy has found her place here at Waynesburg University. She is grateful for all the opportunities that the Public Relations Department has offered, and is glad she has found a home within PRSSA. The hands-on experience she has received will help prepare her for future internship and employment opportunities.
“The hands-on experience is what makes the difference,” said Coy. “Learning from upper classman and being able to have so much portfolio work, while only being a sophomore, is so beneficial. I wouldn’t have had that opportunity without getting involved with these organizations.”
Natalie Johnston is a sophomore at Waynesburg University, majoring in public relations and minoring in environmental studies. She currently serves as the Assistant Photographer for Waynesburg University PRSSA, as well as an Account Specialist for Red Brick Communications. She plans on pursuing a career in conservation efforts post-graduation.