Edwin Wealth Caracas, Venezuela and Brooklyn N.Y Class Of: 2014
Campus: Manhattan Major: Public Relations and Crisis Management, M.A.
What has been your best experience at NYIT?
Getting an education alongside my fiancé, Elina. We envision graduating together in May 2014 and are both looking forward to it. I’ve also enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for Global PR/Advertising and Public Relations 101, courses taught by James Wyckoff, adjunct assistant professor of communication arts.
Do you have a favorite class project?
Researching teenagers’ misconception of reality shows and violence on reality TV with NYIT students in a Media and Culture course taught by Michael Gamble, Ph.D., professor of English. We conducted surveys, found media interviews online, and gathered quantitative and qualitative data to back up our hypothesis. Using this information, we staged a fake scenario to fool our classmates into believing that we had a big dilemma on our team, so they could witness us fighting. We recorded their reactions to later show them the power of violence in real life. This project was awesome because it proved how powerful working with people from different cultures can be.
Are you involved in any clubs or organizations?
I’m a graduate student associate for the New York chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and I help to organize meetings at NYIT for the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Have you done any internships or volunteer work?
I’m an intern in the Office of Communications and Marketing at NYIT-Manhattan. I help to create student profiles and press releases and assist with public relations activities. I was also a volunteer coach for the company Personal Dynamics and trained people to achieve the results they desire in life while serving their communities.
What are your career aspirations and how has NYIT helped you on this path?
At NYIT, I have found my true passion for crisis and reputation management. My professional goal is to develop communication strategies to prevent potential disasters from occurring that may affect stakeholders of companies in a negative manner. In the case that an event does occur, I want to implement the right strategies to avert those disasters with little to no damage and successfully rebuild a company's reputation to a publicly favorable position.
What are some helpful tips you have for high school students in the college admissions process?
College is a great investment, but you have to take it seriously and focus on how to always make yourself better. Every day you are in college, you learn something valuable that can be applied to your career, so take advantage of your resources.
What is a fun fact about you?
I manage and write a blog about self-development, public relations, crisis management, and business professionalism at EdwinWealth.com.
Have you faced a personal challenge and how did you overcome it?
Figuring out my career path. Before NYIT, my goal was to play major league baseball because I was good at it and knew little else at a young age. Finding something to replace baseball was difficult. I made it my mission to be open-minded to new opportunities and sketched out my strengths and weaknesses to see how they align to careers that best fit my personality. Now that I'm close to graduating, I have finally set my career goalto become a crisis/reputation manager.
What’s your favorite book? How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
How would you describe YOUR NYIT?
My NYIT has been a roller coaster ride with great experiences.
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