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Membership Spotlight: Mackenzi Hockensmith



The sixth membership spotlight of the year is Mackenzi Hockensmith, a sophomore majoring in public relations. This is Mackenzi’s first year as a member of PRSSA and she is already a committed member of our chapter. Mackenzi can often be found bonding with other members and being an active member of the fundraising committee!


Here is a Q&A session with Mackenzi:


Q: Where are you from? What is your major/minor?

A: I am from Mechanicsburg, PA. It is right outside of Harrisburg in Central PA. My major is Public Relations and I am adding Political Science as a minor next semester.


Q: Why do you love PRSSA? What do you hope to get out of it?

A: I really like how welcoming and helpful the people are. I feel like anyone is willing to help you out and give you advice or help you with homework. I hope that I am able to create connections and meet people who will introduce me to the different aspects of PR. I definitely think that everyone in PRSSA has a different area they are focusing on, and I have no idea where to start, so it is really helpful to see all aspects.


Q: What have you done with the fundraising committee?

A: I have helped out at the late night food sale along with attending our meetings. This week we have a holiday bake sale that I am really looking forward to, it will be fun to bake with the entire committee.


Q: What PRSSA events have you participated in?

A: Unfortunately, I have not made it to a lot of the agency tours or networking events due to my class and work schedule this semester. Next semester I really look forward to going to agency tours to be able to take a future look into a possible career option.


Q: What other TU organizations are you a part of?

A: I am also in Delta Zeta and work at Temple Athletics within their marketing department.


Q: What is the coolest place you’ve ever visited?

A: The coolest place I have ever been was definitely Lake Hughes, California where I volunteered at a summer camp. It was in the middle of nowhere but was incredibly beautiful and had really neat wildlife that we don't have here.

Q: Favorite social media platform and why?

A: I really like Twitter because I feel like everything is very relatable and I always find something to laugh at.


Q: Dream job?

A: I think my dream job would definitely be Secretary of State just because you get to experience and dive into a different culture everyday depending on who you work with. You are able to hopefully do good for the country and other countries, but also meet new people and immerse yourself into other lives.


To learn more about Mackenzi follow her on social media!

Instagram: @mackenzi_starr


This blog post was written by Caitlin Gemmi, Digital Publications Editor & Mackenzi Hockensmith, General Body Member & Spotlight Recipient.