Everyone loves stories. Learning from others, gaining insight, and sneaking a peak into someone’s life is all a part of the fun in Communication! We learn from others, whether it be through a blog post, a Tweet, a photo, or a face-to-face conversation. We constantly tell our stories and today, Chelsey Rodowicz, UD interpersonal communication alumna from the Class of 2014, shares her’s.
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What year did you graduate from the University of Delaware?
I graduated in 2014. I miss it already!
Where are you currently employed?
I am working for Ogilvy Public Relations in San Francisco in their technology practice.
What are some of your daily responsibilities?
So many different things. I create media lists, draft pitches, staff calls with clients, pitch media, plan events, write briefing documents for our clients, work on coverage reports for announcements, and so much more. The great thing is it changes every day!
What is one thing someone would be surprised to know about you?
I’m not sure if it’s really a surprising thing about me, because I’m not too quiet about it, but I love languages. I’m making it a goal to be fluent in at least two additional languages at some point in my life. Ideally, I would be able to speak Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Polish, but I’m not sure how realistic that is.
How did the University of Delaware prepare you for the workforce?
At UD, there are so many resources for students to utilize. I think taking advantage of all of the networking and professional development opportunities that PRSSA offered really helped jet set me into public relations. I keep thinking about how I got to where I am today and it truly all started from Fall Activities Night freshman year when I found out about PRSSA.
As a longtime PRSSA-UD executive board member and a past PRSSA-UD president, what is one skill/experience that you’re thankful for post-grad?
I’m thankful for so many of the experiences that I got to have through PRSSA-UD and each one has had a hand in launching my career. However, I think my favorite experience and most memorable would be when Grace Leong came to speak at one of our meetings my freshman year. After hearing her explain what Hunter PR does and really what it actually means to work in public relations, I felt that spark, the light bulb lit up, whatever cliche term you want to use. It just hit me that this is what I want to do.
From one Blue Hen to another, do you have any advice for current COMM students?
Aside from joining PRSSA, which was instrumental for me, I’d say it’s best to try everything out if you can. If you’re in Mass Comm, try taking an Interpersonal elective and vice versa. The great thing about COMM, and sometimes the downfall, is that the opportunities post-grad are endless with this degree. To get some direction, it’s best to try a little bit of everything and see where your heart lays.
What is one piece of advice that you received that has helped you get where you are today?
I think the one piece of advice that I kept reminding myself of throughout my college years was “do what you love.” It sounds so cheesy at first but I think it is so impactful on your wellbeing. If you’re spending 60 hours a week working at a job that you love, you will be much happier than if you were working 40 hours a week at a job you hated. And I found what I love, and I feel very blessed and lucky to have been able to do so.
What is a favorite memory from your college years?
How can I even choose one? I loved college! When I think back, I have so many great memories – from classes, to conferences, to time well spent with my best friends. Gosh, I’m starting to feel nostalgic! One of my favorite (and saddest) times was graduation. It’s breathtaking to be on the Tubby Raymond field with thousands of your fellow underclassmen and your family in the stands. I felt more accomplished, proud, excited, nervous [insert essentially any emotion here] in that moment than I have ever felt before.
What is a favorite memory from a Communications class and who was the professor?
Where do I start? It was an absolute pleasure to have every single Communication professor that I had. I’m going to break the rules and provide three favorite memories – two with Danna Young and one with Scott Caplan.
So we all take the COMM245 class with Danna (if you’re a declared COMI already), and you find out how truly hilarious she is. I think now that she’s tenured I can tell this story… She was a little bit late to one of our classes one day, only by about 5 minutes or so. She comes in out of breath and apologizes profusely for being late. Dr. Young then goes on to say she got pulled over on her way to class (at the dreaded speed limit change on 273) and I think she was going something like 55 in the 25. She was just trying to get to class! I can’t remember the exact outcome if she was able to talk her way out of it or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she did. Another one with Dr. Young was in her persuasion class. We were discussing affirmative listeners and she called out myself and another girl in the class, Jess Klein, as being affirmative listeners meaning that we show our understanding and attention by nodding, saying “mhm,” etc. while in class. To this day I still catch myself doing it (Thanks, Danna!).
Another memory is from Dr. Caplan’s Communication and Conflict class. I don’t think any other class taught me so much about myself. I don’t think there is one specific memory from the class but I just know that was one of my favorites. I was going through a bit of a rough time that year and his class really helped me get a grasp on how to handle the situation. I’m sure I’ll be analyzing conflict situations for years to come!