Hi, my name is Ainsley McNeill.
I am a Senior at Western Carolina University. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology.
This world is full of many opportunities and interest but nothing compares to my love for helping others and gaining more experiences in many different industries. Throughout my years I have had the chance to work in the food, tourism, sports and health industries. All of these experiences have helped increase my skills and professionalism to soon find my career in public relations.
As a student food service worker for Aramark at my university, I have gained skills such as customer service, inventory control, cash services and food handling. I felt it was important as a student to learn the ins and outs of the industry as it may help me in my future endeavors.
As a Disney College Program Participant at Walt Disney World, I learned many skills that will help in the world of public relations. I was assigned a front of house position at one of the busiest quick service locations in the world; Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. This location is known for it’s large amount of customers and large consumption of products. During this experience I learned what is like to work in the tourism industry where you are constantly helping the guest have a successful and magical experience. While serving food to guest I had to work fast and efficient while helping my fellow cast members and guests. While it was difficult at times I was able to grow in my skills such as time management, multitasking, empathy, verbal and nonverbal communication, crisis management and so many others.
As a volunteer, morale team member, participant and now Coordinator of marketing for the annual WCU Miracle fundraising event I have gotten the experience of raising money for a cause that I believe needs more time and effort. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a string of hospitals that works hard every day to help children and their family make their time in the hospital as easy and fun as possible. For the 2020-2021 school year, I have the chance to coordinate all the marketing opportunities for this event to help recruit participants for this years event. During our annual event we spend 12 hours raising as much money as possible for these children and their families so they do not need to worry about anything but getting happy and healthy. To learn more about this fundraiser follow this link: https://www.wcu.edu/experience/campus-activities/dance-marathon.aspx
This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to intern for the High Point Rockers Professional Baseball team. While our season was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, I have used this opportunity to find my way into the sports industry. You never realize that in the “off season” how much a sports team can do for the community. I have been able to work with the full time staff on some digital graphics and designs for their Rock ‘N Read program that brings books and educational opportunities for kids who may not know the importance of reading. I have also been able to use my skills I have learned in my communication classes to come up with some potential promotional opportunities the Rockers could use in future seasons. I still have a few weeks left and can not wait to see whatever opportunities are ahead of me.
I have faith that this many opportunities I have been lucky to be apart of will lead me to be successful in a potential career in the sports or event industry.
“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan