2015 Senior Tribute

Name: Emma DeCaroIMG_552222

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Austin, Texas – Lake Travis

Fun fact: My entire family is left handed!

Plans after graduation: Intern with The Richards Group in Dallas

Advice to PRSSA underclassmen: My dad always encouraged me to “invite myself to the party.” This means go ahead and arrange informational interviews. Send emails to companies of interest asking if you can volunteer intern for them. Be willing to do things you might not be interested in at first, and even for free, because those experiences will open up even better opportunities in the future. Who knows, you just might be surprised at what you enjoy!


Name: Hayley FickHayley Fick

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Montgomery, Texas

Fun Fact: I’ve never been to a UT football game. Oops.

Plans after graduation: Working as a public affairs specialist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Advice to underclassmen: Get an internship ASAP. It’s the only way you will find out what you like and don’t like about the industry, which will help you make decisions about what to focus your career on.


Name: Michelle Hill (former VP of public relations)IMG_7426

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Weslaco, Texas

Fun fact: I have perfect attendance from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Plans after graduation: I will be working full-time at Cloud[8]Sixteen, Inc. in Austin and I will be traveling a lot this summer.

Advice to PRSSA underclassmen: Get involved, ask for help when you need it, and have fun! Doing your best in school is important, but you’re probably not going to remember your grades. What you will remember though is the wonderful times you had with the people you love. Hook ‘Em forever and ever!


Name: Paola McKeeimage1 (1)

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas/ Mexico

Fun fact: I had a pet pig in college.

Plans after graduation: working at The Honest Company (Austin office)

Advice to PRSSA underclassmen: People are very willing to help undergraduates whether it’s with internships or advice, so take advantage of that and use your resources as a student. Also, work hard and keep in touch with the people you meet along your professional career.


Name: Vi Tran (former president)vt19

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Fun fact: My family and I immigrated to the United States when I was 4. Three short days after graduation, I’m heading back to Vietnam to visit family and learn more about my roots – it’s been 19 years!

Plans after graduation: I’m moving to San Francisco, CA in July to start a full-time job with Accenture as a management consulting analyst.

Advice to PRSSA underclassmen: You’re not going to remember your test scores on a difficult exam several years down the line. You are, however, going to remember the relationships you built with the people you met. Whether social, academic, romantic, or professional – relationships are the most important aspect about a college experience.

Congratulations seniors! From all of us in Texas PRSSA, good luck and Hook ‘Em, Horns!