College of Communication > About > Alumni > Alumni Spotlight > Susan Parsons
By College of Communication /
January 1, 2013 /
After studying journalism for four years in undergrad, I realized
it wasn't a perfect fit for me and decided that I would enjoy being on
the "other side" of the industry: public relations. I wanted to get an
education in the field to back me up as I looked for jobs so I could
balance theory and practice as I pursued my career. I desired to return
to Chicago and figured that it would be beneficial for me to pursue my
graduate degree in the same city where I wanted to create a professional
network and career. In looking at all of the programs in Chicago,
DePaul was the only one that offered me exactly what I was looking for
and matched my values of knowledge, education and experience. The
extensive course list, class times, areas of study and esteemed faculty
drew me in.
On Stand-Out Courses and Professors
I loved the collaborative environment of my classroom experiences. I
was able to learn from both my professors and my classmates. I felt as
though I absorbed the knowledge of 18 other brains in addition to the
one leading the course. It was an amazing, challenging and rewarding
experience each time I walked into (and out of) a class.
Crisis Communication course is one of my all-time favorite courses from
all my years of education. It was fascinating and taught me so much
about the subject at hand. I wish all of my colleagues could take this
course; it was that interesting and helpful. Ron Culp's
Leadership in Public Relations course is also how I, in a roundabout
way, found my dream career. I owe a lot to both of those classes and
On Career Preparation through the Public Relations and Advertising Program
The program expanded my horizons immensely. The contacts I made
while in this program opened doors to professional relationships and
opportunities I never would have even dreamed of before. I felt better
equipped to pursue my dream job and finally had a way to connect to it. It gave me the education I needed to balance my experience. I now
have a theoretical background to balance what I learn on the job.
On How the Public Relations and Advertising Program Has Made Susan a Better Communicator
It taught me a lot of lessons that apply to every day life in
addition to my industry. The program helped me learn what transforms a
good communicator into a great one and pushed me to become the best I
could be in what I was doing. My professors helped me learn theories and
practices that not only apply to my profession, but also basic skills
that every communicator should have.
Advice for Students Considering the Public Relations and Advertising Program
This program is a challenging and fun educational experience that
will provide you with the knowledge you need to forge a path in the
public relations and/or advertising industry. It allows for
self-discovery while proving that learning never stops. It's a network,
support system and degree that combine to create an ideal background for
anyone looking to pursue a career in this industry. It's exciting; it's
collaborative. It's filled with individuals that want to help you
succeed. Everyone from the staff and faculty to classmates look to
create opportunities for success for each student enrolled. It's an
opportunity disguised as an education.
When looking at grad schools, you can't get better than DePaul. It
has a great location, great professors and great courses. DePaul sets
you up for success. The course schedule allows students to work full or
part time while they're in the program so everyone can graduate with a
perfect balance of experience and education.
What Makes Chicago a Special City to You?
Great professional networking opportunities, unbeatable
entertainment choices (shows, sporting events, festivals, etc.), and
food, food, food! There are so many delicious places to eat. You can study while eating the best slice of pizza of your life.