Shortly after graduating from Medaille’s communication program, Brigethia Guins-Jamison ’16 earned a master’s degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She was recently hired as public relations coordinator at Urbanity Communications. In her role, she edits and distributes press releases, creates custom PR highlights that showcase public relations coverage to clients, and handles media relations.
Here, Guins-Jamison explains how the communication program faculty members impacted her and how her passion for public relations was sparked during her studies at Medaille.
What led to your decision to enroll in the communication program at Medaille?
One of the main reasons I chose the communication program at Medaille is because of my dream to work in the creative and entertainment field. I knew that I wanted to create and work with major brands on telling their stories.
Describe your experience in the communication program. What stands out?
My experience in the communication program was amazing. The entire department is so supportive, and the faculty members actually care about your success. Program Director Lisa Marsherall and Associate Professor Lou Pozantides ’86 were a huge help to my success and made the four years I spent at Medaille truly worthwhile.
What types of things did you learn about yourself and your career goals from your studies?
The main thing I discovered is that I have a passion for public relations. I learned that I loved the idea of assisting a brand in showcasing their identity to the public. In studying mass communications, I got the chance to learn about all aspects of communications, and it gave me the opportunity to see that public relations is the aspect I enjoy the most.
What is the best advice you received from a communication faculty member?
The best advice I received was that I should believe in myself. And I could tell that the communication professors believed in me. When I was applying to graduate school, I was so nervous about the process. Their advice gave me some confidence and encouragement.
How do you use the knowledge and skills you learned in the communication program at Medaille in your current work?
Every time I am working, I think about all of the classes I had with Lou and how they were so beneficial to what I am now doing. The communication program at Medaille does a great job of giving you hands-on experiences in the classroom, as well as internships that prepare you for the real world.
What advice would you give to current communication students or those trying to decide on a major?
If you are in the communication program, be sure that this is field you want to enter. You have to be open to speaking to large groups of people and have to be a people person. Also, make sure you are involved on campus. Being involved really prepares you to know how to juggle multiple tasks at once.