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Public Relations Student Reflects on Classes, PRSSA and Why She Loves ADPR

Victoria Johnson, a senior public relations student, serves as Vice President of Membership for Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and is in the Chancellor’s Honors Program. She is currently completing her final semester at UT, and took time to reflect upon the opportunities, involvement and what ADPR has done for her.

“So many people in the college are just so willing to help,” Johnson said. “The classes are setting students up for success and there are so many different experiences like having the Salesforce Social Studio and various study abroad programs.”

During her sophomore year, Johnson participated in the CCI Global Scholars study abroad program where she went to work a PR internship in Australia. Her internship opened up many opportunities for work and involvement in Knoxville.

Johnson has been involved in UT’s PRSSA chapter as both a member and officer, as well as gained internship experience abroad and domestically. She was able to get an internship at Dollywood working in entertainment public relations, the field she now hopes to work in after graduation, because of her ADPR experiences.

“We’re always learning and growing as people and having the professors and students that have supported me in ADPR have been a total game changer,” Johnson said. “Though I haven’t settled on what exactly I want to do post-graduation, my internships and classes from UT are setting me up to get me exactly where I want to go.”

Johnson can’t wait to see what the future holds with the support and professional development she’s gotten from ADPR as her time is nearing the end at UT.

“Why do I love ADPR? That’s easy,” Johnson said. “It would have to be that ADPR wants to help students so much and the professors just have a heart for this, for investing in you as a person.”