Emily Cain ?24

Emily Cain

Class Year

’24

Hometown

Oak Creek, Wis.

Major(s)

Public Relations

Minor(s)

Criminal Justice

“Public relations is so much more than just looking at social media; it’s about working with people, dealing with crises in a professional manner, and helping an organization gain trust with the public. With a PR degree, you are able to create the type of job you want for yourself.”

Emily Cain, ’24

Career goal

“I would love to work on a public relations team for a professional sports team, preferably in the baseball or football industry.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“All of the Carthage faculty that I have been able to work with have been amazing. They have always been willing to go above and beyond what they are expected to do. Specifically, my advisor, Professor Colleen Palmer, has had a huge impact on my Carthage career because she helped me realize what exactly is out there when it comes to job possibilities that include my interests.”

Campus involvement

“I am a part of Carthage’s Women’s Swim & Dive Team. Along with that, I am one of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representatives. Outside of the athletics, I am involved in the Greek Life on campus and am an active member of the Chi Omega Social Fraternity.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“One of my favorite memories from Carthage was during the Swim and Dive 2022 Conference meet in February 2022. It was such an amazing opportunity and experience throughout the whole meet, and it is something I will never forget.”

Favorite spot on campus

“One of my favorite spots on campus is sitting in the Tower Residence Hall overlooking the lake. You always see someone you know there, and it’s just a relaxing place to hang out.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“I think my 8-year-old self would be surprised by what path I decided on, but I also think that she would be happy I’m just creating my own life experiences.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Something students should keep in mind when considering majoring in public relations is that it is one of the fastest-growing fields in the world right now. People often don’t know what a career in PR looks like, but with the industry, you are able to create the type of job you want for yourself because every organization needs a PR team. The PR field is so much more than just looking at social media; it’s about working with people, dealing with crises in a professional manner, and helping an organization gain trust with the public.”

Why Carthage?

“I choose Carthage for a few reasons: I wanted to be a part of a small community so that I could get to know a lot of students and my professors on a personal level. I also chose Carthage because I wanted to keep swimming competitively without it interfering with my schoolwork or future career which I am able to do here at Carthage.”