Meet Andrea Teggart, a soon-to-be PR grad who would like to tell you what she can bring to your organization…
“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.”
This was the first thing my news writing teacher said to our class my sophomore year and his words have resonated with me ever since. I’ve grown to love the phrase and develop the thought beyond just writing. Good anything comes from a clear and focused mind. Good _____ is clear thinking made visible. Thinking with a clear mind is essential to making good decisions whether personally or professionally. As a PR student and soon-to-be graduate, I know now more than ever how important clear thinking is to strong and “good” communication.
My name is Andrea Teggart, or as most people call me, Andi. I’m currently a senior studying PR journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. I’ve had a blast in college, but am excited and ready for the “real world” and have begun my job search for a public relations position. Fashion is a passion, hobby and part of my daily lifestyle, so working in an environment like this would be a dream come true for me. Ideally, I’d like to work for a retail company, fashion house or magazine doing brand management and promotion, but I want to get my feet wet in the agency world first. Combining my love for influencing behavior and ideas through PR and fashion & culture would be a perfect fit. Through an agency internship with SBC Advertising, I learned to fully embrace the quick-paced, always-on-your-toes aspect of PR. Executive roles in student organizations at OU has reinforced to me the importance of responsibility, teamwork, accountability and creativity.
Being responsible for promoting and publicizing the largest programming board at Ohio University, University Program Council, has been a challenge and an opportunity. It’s been real-world experience and correlates completely with what I’ve learned through various summer and winter break internships. Being on the PR team of Student Senate is a new venture for me this year and has taught me the importance of dedication and full understanding the company (or group) you are representing and promoting. I think the proudest and most defining moment of my “College PR Career” has been being involved with Thread Magazine. I helped start this student-produced fashion publication at OU being the PR Chief. This was a major opportunity and challenge as well, because there were no set plans (or rules!) before me with this organization. I was the one writing the PR campaign for Thread, and it was my responsibility to raise awareness among OU students and “beyond” about the magazine before the first issue was even released! Being involved as a PR executive for each of these student organizations sometimes makes me feel like I am working at a PR agency and each organization is a client! I am an overly-involved college student and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am passionate about each of the three organizations I am a part of and want to continue all public relations efforts for the organization until graduation!
Unlike most high schoolers, I knew exactly what I wanted to study my freshman year of high school. I had decided at the beginning of senior year that PR was the fit for me after being involved in a student activities board publicity team. I really had no education on what “publicity” was and what PR encompassed, but I knew it had my name on it. I’ve actually stuck with the same major all four years of college (unlike many college students, according to MyMajors.com) and I still feel the same about the field of public relations as I did almost four years ago when I decided to study PR journalism at OU. Like my professor explained (with my added twist), good decisions come from clear thinking made visible. Fully learning and embracing the field of PR is through classes, on-campus experience and various internships has reiterated to me that I made the right choice. I wouldn’t have had the same clear and concise thoughts about the field of public relations without these opportunities.
I don’t want to be defined by an 8 1/2 X 11′ sheet of paper resume, although my resume fully encompasses what I’ve accomplished through internships and extra-curriculars. I feel like I can bring so much more to the table than what is listed in bullet-point format. A positive attitude is something I bring to every environment because I choose to think optimistically and enjoy being around others, even if I don’t know them. Another aspect of me that isn’t defined on a resume is dedication and motivation. I’ve learned through a virtual internship that I as an individual need to be 100% dedicated to the project I am working on, even when your supervisor isn’t watching over your shoulder. I value teamwork and understand when it’s time to be a leader, but equally when it’s time to be a listener. Lastly, I like to chase opportunities. I’ve learned I need to DO SOMETHING if I want something to happen. Another one of my favorite quotes is “a willingness to fail is a prerequisite for success” and I want to go full-force after what I want in a career. I want my job search to be exciting and adventurous for me and I want to keep my mind open, while maintaining a clear mind.
I would love to live in NYC or Chicago, but also would be excited to travel to a new location for a job. I’m open to any new opportunities and I’m getting so excited to transition from being a PR student to a PR professional. You can find me on Twitter at @luckyandi, read my musings on my blog at www.polishmycrown.wordpress.com and view my Linkedin profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/andreateggart. I know I have a few months before graduating, but I’d love to connect and network with more PR professionals to learn about your experiences soon! Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org