Leading up to May Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and where their journey will lead them next. Meet May 2023 graduate Whitney Wilson, a first-generation college student who will receive a Bachelor of Science in Communication with concentrations in public relations and electronic media, and a minor in visual communication design at the end of this semester!
Why did you choose to major in Communication?
I chose to study communication because it is a broad field that is constantly changing and I want to be a part of those changes for the better.
Why did you choose to study at UIndy?
I chose to study at UIndy because of the small class sizes and the relationships I am able to build with my professors.
Are you a part of any extracurriculars (either on or off campus)? If so, what are they and what is your role?
I am the President of the UIndy Forensic Speech and Debate Team and the Vice President of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter at UIndy. I am also an executive within Top Dog Communication.
Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?
Dr. Stephanie Wideman has been my Speech and Debate Team coach for four years and has helped me find my voice. When I started on the team as a freshman, I was timid and very shy. Now, I have confidence in all aspects of my life, not just when public speaking.
What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?
My favorite memory is traveling to Tokyo, Japan over spring break with the varsity members of the Speech and Debate Team to compete in the International Forensics Association Tournament.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a career in public relations.
How did your degree program prepare you for your next steps?
The University’s student-run public relations firm, Top Dog Communication, has prepared me for my future career in PR. I have learned the fundamentals of PR while working with nonprofit clients in Indianapolis.
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
Don’t be afraid to afraid to try new things and step outside of your comfort zone.