Thursday 10 November 2016
Shalini Parashara is Solent's PR student of the month!
Twitter ID: ShalzPR
When did you first decide you wanted to study PR?
I originally went to Birmingham to study Psychology but I realised it wasn’t for me. So I took a gap year during which I worked for Warner Brothers at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. While there I met a lot of people that were involved in advertising at the studio and even got to meet a member of their PR team during one of the private events we held. We had a very brief chat, after which I knew that PR was the profession for me, and here I am!
What about the PR_SSU course stood out to you?
I always knew that I wanted to go to Southampton Solent, I went to meet Sally, who made me feel so comfortable and relaxed, and from that I knew that Solent was the right university for me.
In reference to the course itself, I liked the layout of teaching units and also liked how work experience is encouraged. I am someone who learns by doing so that was a big green light for me. I was also attracted to the high student satisfaction and employment rates.
What has been your favourite units so far?
Definitely Introduction to PR with Lynsey Watt during my first term. I liked learning about how to put together a campaign and even got to do my own live brief! Also Lynsey is such an interesting talker, you will never get bored listening to her!
What has been the highlight of studying PR at Solent so far?
It has to be the recent Rolls Royce presentation we had to do. I loved looking at the different theories and applying them.
Do you have any PR experience so far? Are you planning on doing any over the summer?
I have just secured some work experience, which I’m thrilled about. There is a club night called District in Southampton, who also own a marketing/PR company called Pretzel Powered. I am currently doing work experience with them, looking after most of the District social media. It’s a great experience!
What are your tips for A level students considering a PR degree?
Make sure you keep your writing skills up to scratch! Just write write write always. And never give up, sometimes it can be stressful, but it’ll be worth it later on!
Many thanks to Shalini, keep up the great work!