Cultural Experience | South Dakota

What’s your Major? See the World Through Different Eyes.

Making the Most of a Public Relations Major/International Studies Minor


As a public relations major and international studies minor, my college life has been an adventure filled with travel, internships, and unexpected experiences that have ultimately shaped the person I am today. One of my favorite quotes by Mark Twain is, Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. This has been a constant reminder to see the world from different eyes, and take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself.

Through the University of South Dakota I have been able to form a sense of self through real world experiences related to my studies. In 2011, I spent four months studying international studies in Prague, Czech Republic at Charles University.  Much of my “Studying” included weekend trips to Budapest, Krakow, Vienna, Berlin, and Bucharest to name a few. Traveling will also consume part of me with a constant desire to set sail and taste authentic cuisine, feel the cobblestones under my sneakers, and learn to say “cheers” in a foreign language.

I applied for endless internships every year and when I felt like discouragement would be the death of me, life fell into place and I was given the opportunity to work as an event associate in Denver, Colorado at Team Player Productions. Once again, I packed my bags and left the comfort of home and to a new city and jumped head first into the unknown.  At Team Player Productions we produced and managed wine festivals throughout Colorado and Utah, which were physically and mentally demanding. As an intern, I was given responsibility beyond my years. I was not stuck on the bench; I was in the game. Fourteen-hour days became the norm and caffeine became my best friend. Someone told me that “once you get involved with event planning, it’s in your blood,” and no statement has ever been more true. Utter addiction might be the best way to describe my passion for event planning. Event planning is all about making something ordinary into a masterpiece and that is what keeps me coming back for more. As for now, I am working for Serendipitous Events in Sioux Falls, SD and planning events and weddings.

My public relations major has taken me on an unforgettable journey (more like a wild safari). The classes, professors, and extracurricular activities at the University of South Dakota have prepared me to feel comfortable taking on new challenges in the public relations field. My best advice is to never be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges, be active within your school, and never be afraid to ask for help or advice during an internship or job.



Kaitlin Christenson

U of South Dakota | 3 stories

My name is Kaitlin Christenson, and I am a public relations major at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. As a 22-year-old, my life is full of adventure. I love traveling, cooking, good books, and taking on new challenges.

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