Student Profiles - Meredith Noll
Major: Speech communication with a concentration in public relations
Hometown: Boiling Springs, Pa.
What do you like most about Millersville?
I really like Millersville’s outstanding reputation in the academic community. I love the friendliness on campus, the proximity to home and all of the connections that I have made with other students.
Have you held any on-campus jobs?
I was a Resident Assistant (RA) in Hobbs Hall for two semesters. It was one of the best things that happened for me. I love to meet and work with people.
I also worked for the special events department on campus. It was a lot of fun to see all the hard work that goes into big events on campus!
Are you involved in any clubs or organizations on-campus? If yes, please explain.
I was president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter here at Millersville. I joined during the second semester of my freshmen year and quickly accepted the position as president in my first semester of sophomore year. PRSSA is a pre-professional organization for students who are interested or plan to pursue a career in public relations. We are open to all majors and provide different learning workshops, guest speakers and fundraising and networking events for students at Millersville.
I am also involved with intramural sports and have participated in volleyball and softball. Intramurals are a great way to have fun, take a break from classes and meet new people.
What made you want to pursue your current major?
When I was younger I attended a camp hosted by the state police. I became good friends with one of the female troopers, and she quickly became my idol. I knew that I wanted to be like her and when the time came to decide on a major I remembered that she had told me to consider communications as an option because of all the different job opportunities that it would provide me. She was right!
How was being the youngest chapter president of PRSSA beneficial to you?
Being president came with a lot of responsibility, but it taught me organization skills, time management and public speaking skills, all of which apply directly to my major. PRSSA has provided me with many experiences that I would have never experienced if I had not joined and has allowed me to make many connections. It has been so rewarding to work as a student leader and watch this organization grow from just a few members when I joined, to having almost quadrupled its numbers in just over a year. It helped me to grow as a leader, student and as a person in general.
Have you ever traveled outside of the country? Can you tell us about this experience?
In the summer of 2010 I traveled to Paris, Madrid and London. Traveling is something I love to do. To be able to visit all three of these cities in one summer was an amazing experience. The mix of cultures and all of the amazing buildings and landscapes made the whole experience so surreal!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
To always be myself.
What is the most monumental thing you’ve learned during your time here?
To get involved with organizations and clubs early! Getting involved is how I met so many people on campus. I now have great friendships with other students in organizations. We have all worked together to better our time here and make the best experience, for ourselves and other students, possible.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love spending time with friends and family. My family means the world to me and I try to spend as much time with them as possible.
Have you completed an internship?
Yes! I worked as an intern in the press office for the Pennsylvania State Police at Department Headquarters in Harrisburg. That is my dream job. I spent the summer gaining great job experience and meeting so many awesome people. I had an amazing time and I am excited to return again next summer.
How has Millersville helped you to succeed?
Millersville has helped me to succeed through all of my classes, and different offerings provided on campus. It is awesome how many different organizations and clubs there are on campus for students to become involved in. Coming here really makes you feel that you are wanted, welcomed and needed. I know that I am receiving a great education and it will all pay off in the long run.