Emily Skeels - LaGrange, Ill.
If Emily Skeels could give one piece of advice to current and prospective students it would be a simple, two-word exclamation: Get involved!
As a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, Emily can be found all over campus participating in several different activities and organizations. She is on the club cheerleading squad and involved in a variety of committees, among other things, but Emily says that her biggest priority is Student Government. She has been a student senator and recently dedicated a huge portion of her time to running for Student Government Vice President.
"I grew so much as a person through campaigning," said Emily. "It was a lot of hard work but I really enjoyed interacting with so many of my peers, faculty members and administrative staff through the process."
Although the immediate result of dedicating herself to so much is an exciting college experience, Emily is putting every ounce of her effort toward a successful future in the professional world. She hopes to work in public relations at a large firm.
After college, Emily says she would love to find herself in a big city, possibly New York, L.A. or London. Originally from Chicago, Emily calls herself a "city girl at heart" and admits that the rural setting of SIUE was a big change for her at first.
"I had never been around people who have corn fields in their back yard," said Emily. "SIUE students come from all over, and that kind of diversity is something that I feel makes me a better person."
Emily's involvement and achievements have certainly given her the kind of experience she'll need to excel in the world of public relations. She says she is indebted to SIUE for providing so many opportunities to students.
"It's all there for you, you just have to take advantage of it."
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