Fourth year public relations major Suley Rostro is passionate about contributing to inclusive work environments. She hopes to help increase Latino representation in the communications industry. Currently, Rostro is a public relations specialist at Talking Dog Agency. This summer, Rostro worked as a product PR intern at Apple in Cupertino, California.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose public relations because it incorporates writing, creativity and collaboration. I knew I wanted to work for brands that I am passionate about and make a change. PR exposes you to many industries and large organizations that have the influence to spark change in important global issues. I also knew I wanted to work in a reactive and cross-functional environment. PR is at the forefront of many crisis and celebrations; it is a very fast-paced environment and that’s where I believe I thrive!
What does tenacity mean to you?
Tenacity to me means exhausting your resources to meet your goal. I believe that a tenacious person looks for and creates opportunities that will help better themselves.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be a senior PR manager or a product manager at a company that I am passionate about. I hope to manage a team and assist in creating useful products.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about creating and contributing to an inclusive work environment. I believe that the best PR is done when working in a team that is diverse and accepting of others’ opinions. Also, I am passionate about increasing the amount of Latino representation in the communications industry. I hope to inspire other Latinas to pursue a career in public relations and contribute to making a change in organizations.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I went to South Korea alone for a month! I really enjoy solo traveling; it’s a great way to self-reflect.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the past year?
My biggest accomplishment was landing my dream internship this summer. I interned at Apple and worked out of their headquarters in Cupertino, California.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
I hope to do in-house public relations for a mid-large sized organization. I am aiming to stay within the tech, gaming and animation industry.
What is an example of a time you used your skills in a real-world experience?
An example of when I used my skills in the real-world was when I wrote a post for Apple’s newsroom. Initially, I was not on the task, but I raised my hand, offered a helping hand, and was given the opportunity to lead the post! That experience put my PR writing skills to the test and taught me to not be shy when it comes to raising my hand.
Where is your go-to restaurant in Athens?
My go-to restaurant is The Place in downtown Athens. They have a great selection of Southern food. I recommend going for brunch and trying their chicken and waffles!
Where’s your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus has to be the main library. I enjoy reading novels written by East Asian novelists. I find that their writing style is very raw and emotional, and the main library has a huge selection of East Asian novels. Whenever a book that I’m interested in comes up, I immediately look it up, and the main library always has it on their shelves.