My name is Mari Ann (I know, two first names!) I’m a senior in the public relations program at Ferris, and I’m the Vice President of Chapter Development for the Public Relations Student Society of America!
I’m 21 years old, and I’m from Charlotte, MI, a small town near Lansing. I eat a grapefruit everyday and I’m a dog mother to a Pomeranian named Chanel and a Pug & Boston Terrier mix (also called a Bugg) named Stanley. My parents are some of my best friends and I have one older brother, who lets me cuddle my niece and nephew as much as I want. I love to spend time outdoors and try new things- I went fishing for the first time last month!
My parents, who met at Ferris (so did Emma’s parents), took me to a Ferris hockey game every February to celebrate their anniversary, for as long as I can remember. I always loved our visits to Ferris, finding the people friendly and campus charming.
When I was trying to decide which college to attend, I had narrowed it down to Michigan State University and Ferris State University. Ultimately, I chose Ferris because of the smaller class sizes, the personalized learning approach, and campus I had learned to love as a little girl.
Even though I came to Ferris as a sonography major, I knew it was not the program for me. After looking at the different programs that Ferris had to offer, I found the public relations program. After taking my first public relations class, I knew I had found the program for me. I joined PRSSA last year, and it was the best decision I’ve made in my college career.
I can’t wait to see the changes in our chapter this year, and I’m especially looking forward to the PRSSA 2015 National Conference in Atlanta!
After interning with Make-A-Wish® Michigan, I know without a doubt that my future is going to be in nonprofit public relations. Nothing compares to the feeling you get when you realize you have made a difference in someone’s life.
A few of my favorite things…
Guilty pleasure: Cherry slush with Nerds® from Sonic®
Favorite TV show: The Astronaut Wives Club
Favorite food: Breakfast! (I love all breakfast food- I don’t discriminate)
Favorite book: The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve
Favorite animal: Elephants- it’s actually an obsession.