Our first PRestige All-Star of the semester is Charlsie Sturm, a wedding fanatic who refers to herself as a “veteran flower girl.” Read more about Charlsie below!
Where are you from?
Albany, The fine capital of NY!
I am a public relations major with a speech communications minor.
What made you interested in Public Relations?
I came to Hofstra knowing that I wanted to major in communications. Honestly, I didn’t even know that there could be so many different paths to take. I found public relations after taking Journalism 11, I knew I didn’t want to do that. I also think Professor Frisina sealed the deal for me, PR 100 was such a fun and fast paced class. Once I completed it, I knew I wanted to pursue a public relations career in some capacity.
What are you involved in on/off campus?
I am a Senior Resident Assistant in an all-first year housing complex. I love to blog, whether it be for my own blog or for other blogs.
I know you’re very interested in weddings/wedding planning. What spurred that interest?
As a three time veteran flower girl, I’ve been to a bunch of weddings and they seem to be the same cookie cutter/ mold just tweaked and altered a bit. I thought that it would be fun to put a twist on it. I would look at wedding blogs, and found that there is a rather large niche of alternative wedding bloggers out there. Overall, I think it’s really creative. Each wedding has the chance to be a little piece of artwork. I’d like to think that it would give me a way to make a living creatively.
What is the name of your blog? What are some of the topics you’ve written about?
I have a wedding-inspired blog called Wishin’ and Hopin’, because aren’t we all wishing and hoping for something? While I don’t always post about weddings, it is the main focus. I am in awe of all the amazing things some people come up with, especially the DIY stuff that really gives a wedding that personal touch. I’m also currently in the process of developing a food blog with my boyfriend. I think as long as someone’s blog has a focus and is well-organized it will be an interesting read!
What internship do you have/have you had in the past? Can you tell us a little bit about them?
Right now I’m interning at The Knot, weddings + PR = the best of both worlds. Not in the Miley way though. The environment is so fast paced, the days literally fly by. It’s also a lot different because my first internship, J9PR was at a small boutique fashion and beauty agency on Long Island. They are completely different, which gives me a great outlook on what I like and don’t like.
Where do you see yourself after Hofstra?
Good question. Growing up I was always told that I could do whatever I put my mind to. My parents allowed me to try as many different things as I wanted. I was always doing something, whether it be dance, acting, gymnastics, violin, clarinet, etc. For myself, in order to be happy, I would have to find a job that’s fast paced and allows me to be creative. I plan on moving to LA and hopefully finding a PR job with a wedding planning position on the side.
What advice do you have for anyone else who wants to be an all-star?
Hustle, but not like Jay-Z. In order to shine at an internship you need to be ready to go at all times and ready to work hard. As impossible as this seems, you need to stay one step ahead of the game. Oh also, take the grunt work with a grain of salt, the people dishing out orders were in your position once and eventually you will be in theirs.
Please add anything else you wish to tell!
A little bit of advice- Stay true to yourself and know your ethics going in to a position.