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Meet McKenzie Hall, with her thoughts on WVU, joining a sorority and more

HC: Introduce yourself!

MH: My name is McKenzie Hall, and I work at University Relations – News. I’m a senior Public Relations major from Morgantown.

HC: What are you involved in on campus?

MH: I’m involved with PRSSA, AOII and Order of Omega.

HC: To get to know you better, do you have any side hustles or hobbies?

MH: I still don’t know what a hustle is BUT I do have some hobbies. I love to go hike and be outside with my family, friends and dogs. I love to explore new areas and travel. I would travel everywhere if I could. In the last year, I’ve been to New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri and I traveled to Europe for the first time.

HC: What are your future career plans/goals?

MH: One day I hope to work in a major media market as either a brand specialist or a social media strategist. I love working in the social sphere, especially with data analytics and how it impacts a client.

HC: What advice do you have for students during undergrad as you finish college?

MH: If I have any advice for students in the middle of their undergrad or just starting it, it would be to get involved so early in your collegiate career. Find what your passionate about and go for it. Ask questions, be curious and do the darn thing. I didn’t get involved super early in my collegiate career, but I still found the things I’m passionate about. I ask questions. I’m curious about different topics. Step out of your comfort zone. Do things you never would’ve done before and be PROUD of it.

HC: What advice do you have for girls thinking about joining a sorority?

MH: DO IT! I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my sorority. I am constantly encouraged by my sisters. I was given leadership opportunities very early on as a new sister. I can walk into that house any day of the week, at any time, and I just feel overall love and compassion. My sisters over the last year and half have held me when I’ve cried, cheered me on when I accomplished something big, send me encouraging notes when I’ve needed it most. Don’t let stereotypes stop you. You are not paying for your friends. You are paying for a lifetime of support, encouragement, opportunities and a network. I stepped out of my comfort zone when I went through recruitment and have never regretted it. And I wish I would’ve gone through recruitment my freshman year instead of my sophomore year. Joining Greek Life was one of the best decisions I could’ve ever made.

Maura is a senior at West Virginia University, studying honors journalism and leadership. She was the president of Her Campus at WVU from 2018-2019, interns with ESPN College GameDay and works as a marketing/communication assistant for the Reed College of Media. On campus, she has written opinion for WVU's Daily Athenaeum, served as the PR chair for WVU Society of Professional Journalists and was a reporter for WVUToday. She teaches leadership classes for the Honors College and is an active member of both the Honors Student Association and Helvetia Honorary. Maura is an avid fan of The New Yorker, (most) cities and the first half of late-night talk shows.
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