KENZIE KITTLE, CLASS OF 2010
Kenzie Kittle graduated from University High School in 2010 and Rollins College in 2014. She is currently working in public relations as an Account Executive and Social Content Specialist. Below Kenzie answers a few questions about her college experience and how University prepared her for life at Rollins and beyond.
What have you been up to since leaving University High School?
After graduating from University in 2010, I attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Like University, Rollins is a small school that places a large emphasis on community, so I felt right at home. I got involved in various academic clubs and organizations on campus and even took a leadership position in my sorority, Kappa Delta. I graduated summa cum laude from Rollins in 2014 with a major in communications, specializing in public relations, and a minor in political science.
Following graduation I accepted a position working in Press on Capitol Hill and moved to Washington, D.C. I was lucky enough to work for a Member of Leadership and was able to organize an event with Newt Gingrich, attend meetings with Speaker John Boehner, and watch the Pope speak when he visited D.C. I stayed on the Hill for just under two years before joining a public relations agency as an Account Executive and Social Content Specialist. I now develop social content for five major associations and corporations, including AT&T.
How do you feel UHS best prepared you for college?
University’s academic curriculum made my transition to college incredibly smooth. I was lucky to take classes in high school with some fantastic teachers who both challenged and motivated me. I feel so thankful to have been pushed at University because it taught me how to prepare for tests and manage my time wisely. University also taught me the importance of mentorship. Maggy Dean was an incredible mentor, and now I always strive to find teachers, and bosses, to fill that mentorship role.
Do you see that the core values you learned at UHS still apply to your life now? How?
University’s core values shaped who I am as a person in ways I can’t even express. In public relations, creativity is a way of life. From writing social content to brainstorming graphics and visuals, creativity comes with the territory, and I’m lucky to have had an ability to encourage that creativity in high school.
Another core value that stands out to me is commitment to excellence. In high school, I remember having mentors, teachers, coaches, and friends who pushed me to do my best in everything I tried. That’s a philosophy I try to remember in both my professional and personal life, and I can truly say it’s gotten me further in both.
Please share your best UHS memory.
Here are a few of my favorite memories:
- The World of Golf J-Term with Mr. Syrek and Mr. Morrison my senior year where we traveled to Florida to learn how to play golf and designed our own golf courses.
- Making it to Regionals in track for sprinting the 100M dash.
- Mentoring sessions every other Wednesday morning with Ms. Dean. We would always talk about politics, and I truly think those conversations inspired my passion for politics in college and in my professional career.
Have you had an internship? If so, where was it, what did you do, and how do you think it will help you in your future?
Throughout college I did three different internships and can honestly say that no college class compared to what I learned in each of those experiences:
- I first interned on the campaign for Governor Mike Pence during my freshman year, which sparked my interest in politics.
- The following year I was the Corporate Finance Intern for the Republican Governor’s Association. That internship was beneficial because it was the first time I had worked in an office environment and it pushed me out of my comfort zone. Up until that point I had only worked in communications and working in finance taught me the importance of wearing different hats during your career.
- My final internship was at the American Enterprise Institute, which is a Washington, D.C. based think tank. At that internship I worked with the media services team to pitch scholars to major news networks, which made me realize my passion for PR.
What has been the most valuable experience you have had since leaving University?
The most valuable professional experience I have had is having an incredible boss and mentor at my first job. Congressional offices are incredibly small, so you really get to know your coworkers. My boss and I were very close and I loved being able to go to her for advice on anything that was going on in my life.
Personally, the most valuable experience I’ve had is getting to travel every year. Of all the places I’ve visited since I left, South Africa moved me the most. I fell in love with it so much that my fiancé and I are getting married on safari there in May. I would encourage anyone to travel as much as they can, whenever they can!
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