Several years ago, I found myself standing in the middle of Westminster Abbey wondering how I was lucky enough to get there and why I had not taken all my classes abroad. During high school, I was given the opportunity to join my fellow honor students in taking a British literature course in England. I jumped at the opportunity but had no idea how much of an impact this trip would have on my future as a public relations professional.
Although my time abroad was short, I discovered a love for human connection and storytelling that led me to the field of public relations. Before this trip, I had no idea that telling people’s stories and connecting on a deeper level with clients and audiences could be an attainable profession for me. So, I continued traveling, learning, and making connections. Through all of that, I discovered three ways in which studying abroad can help anyone become a better public relations professional:
After three years of studying public relations at Samford University, I will continue my education in the spring studying abroad in London, England. I am anticipating great lessons and meaningful connections during my time there, and I hope that you will also consider taking a step out of what is comfortable by studying abroad, because it has the potential to forever change your career and life.
Emily Jimenez is a junior at Samford University majoring in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in public relations and a double minor in general business and Spanish. Her passion for public relations stems from her love of human connection discovered during times abroad in England, Spain, and Guatemala. She serves on campus as the social director for Chi Omega Zeta Zeta where she has also recognized a love for event planning. If you are interested in contacting Emily, you may reach her via LinkedIn.