Major: English Literature & Public Relations/Advertising
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
How did you get involved with AKPsi?
I rushed for Alpha Kappa Psi as a second semester freshman. My goal was to find a group on campus that added value to my Chapman experience. I knew very little about AKPsi at first, but quickly realized I needed to participate. At the time I was an English Literature major, and this intimidated me. Then I realized that Alpha Kappa Psi is not a business fraternity because everyone shares a major, but rather because everyone shares a common desire to find success in their careers. There is business in everything, so I knew that AKPsi would help me regardless of my specific career choices after college.
What are you involved in on campus?
Apart from AKPsi, I am also a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. Much of my time is spent in involvement off campus as well. Through my four years I worked a part-time retail job, and several internships.
What are your plans after you graduate?
I am excited to say that I recently was hired as the Media Coordinator at DGWB Advertising + Communications. I was an intern with the agency last year, and sincerely hoped there would be an opening for me upon graduation. I am fortunate for the opportunity to work at such a reputable agency with people I consider friends and mentors.
Favorite Chapman memory?
This is such a difficult question! Junior year my best friends and I moved into a house together only a few blocks from campus. There are so many memories I will cherish from our times together. They are my family at Chapman. We took the same classes and went to Chapman events together, but we still managed to find our own niche on campus through separate activities and organizations. Though this isn’t a specific memory, it is my most important Chapman experience because I developed loving and supporting friendships for life. And it all goes back to meeting each other freshman year in Pralle and in fun half-credit dance classes.
What’s something no one knows about you?
I grew up performing in the community theater of my hometown. My funniest moment was when I played Violet in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and had to spin across the stage in an inflated sumo suit.
Tell us one fun fact.
I can quote all three Lord of the Rings movies by heart.
Piece of advice to future business professionals?
Despite popular belief, business success is not determined by whom you know. It’s not even determined by what you know. Business success is determined by how you treat those you know and what you do with what you know. Build mutually beneficial, genuine relationships with coworkers. Help them before asking them to help you. You’ll see the favor returned tenfold. Always work hard, and be a team player. Challenge yourself, and don’t get comfortable because it’s when you’re uncomfortable that you are learning.