Name: Jordan Parsons
Degree: Journalism and Broadcasting
Expected Graduation Date: 2012
Company: St. Gregory University
Jordan Parsons knew she wanted to go into nonprofit work after graduation, but she was unsure of what that actually meant.
Throughout college, Jordan was employed at the OSU Foundation, where she learned about development, fundraising, working with donors and building relationships. She then worked with the Salvation Army but soon decided she missed higher education.
Parson is directing a large federal grant that focuses on ensuring Native American and low-income students have the necessary tools and resources to be successful at St. Gregory’s.
“Being able to give back and the instant gratification from helping others succeed and live happier lives is definitely why I do what I do,” she said.
For Parsons, every day is different when working in the public relations field. Continually learning is one of her favorite things about her job, and even when she thinks she has seen it all, something new presents itself.
“I will tell you, I think public relations is so versatile,” Parsons said. “The writing and communicating skills that you learn are rigorous but are still so applicable to whatever profession you go into.”
Despite her initial uncertainty of nonprofit work, Parsons encourages students to take a risk and try something new. Before working at St. Gregory’s, she had no idea that a position like hers even existed, but it ended up being the best thing to happen to her.
She also advises incoming students to take the extra time to get to know the advisers and professors in the School of Media & Strategic Communications. Looking back, said she wishes she would have understood the importance and usefulness of connecting with those who are there to help.
“They genuinely want to build a relationship with you, and they want to see you succeed,” Parsons said. “They are there because they truly believe in their students.”