NORMAN, Okla. — University of Oklahoma senior, Holly Hoehner, announced her graduation from Gaylord College with a bachelor’s degree in public relations on Thursday. Hoehner, a second-generation OU student from Edmond, Oklahoma, survived four years of writing papers in AP style and walking to class from South Greek.
“Attending the University of Oklahoma was a dream come true,” said Hoehner. “The memories I’ve made and the friendships that have come up in the strangest ways are what I will take away from this experience.”
Hoehner was originally an english major, but later switched to professional writing, and finally, public relations. Without a sophomore member of her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, mentioning public relations, Hoehner may have never found the profession she now loves. Hoehner changed her major and never looked back. Through tough classes like Public Relations Research and fun classes like Sports PR, Hoehner slowly but surely developed skills needed in public relations.
“I always wondered how I would ever be prepared enough for a career in public relations, but I am happy to say that I do feel prepared,” Hoehner said.
School wasn’t the only thing that Hoehner spent time on in college. She also was active in her sorority, where she lived for two years. Pi Phi offered her many opportunities to grow as a person and make relationships that defies the stigma that sisterhood is shallow and cheesy. Hoehner served in positions throughout her collegiate membership that ultimately lead her to serve as the Vice President of Membership, which allowed her to lead the chapter and interact with alumnae.
“Pi Phi was an amazing growing experience because it was the first time in my life that I had full control over what happened in a leadership role,” Hoehner said. “Of course I had advisors to help me along the way if I needed it. But it was pretty much totally up to me to make the call I thought best, unlike previous leadership roles in high school where they guided you through each decision. It really was such an honor that they Leadership Nominating Committee trusted me with that type of role.”
Hoehner says she will always remember the cookie shines after Bid Day, the Philanthropy Day gone wrong her sophomore year, throwing the safe off the balcony with Exec when the battery died, sleepovers with her big in room 22 and how much she loved just hanging out at home with her roommates senior year. College has been everything she ever thought it would be and she will miss it dearly.
“I always thought about life up until college, but never after,” said Hoehner. “Now I consider myself blessed to be able to have memories to remember and think back on.”
Convocation for Hoehner and all Gaylord College students is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at the McCasland Field House.
In honor of my last week of class ever being over, I thought I would celebrate my PR degree by paying homage to the cornerstone of PR–the press release! I hope you got as much of a kick out of reading it as I did writing it.
Holly Hoehner is a public relations senior at the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.