Our new PR assistant Tiffany Winters is a third-year student at the University of Texas- Austin, majoring in corporate communications with a concentration in business and a minor in Spanish. We’re excited to have her join the Brenda Thompson Communications team! Get to know her through this brief Q&A…
Where are you from?
I grew up in the Hill Country on Lake LBJ in Marble Falls with my parents, brother, three dogs, and four cats. Sometimes it felt like a zoo, but I wouldn’t have traded it for anything else. Growing up on the lake, I spent all my time outside, which is one of the things that attracted me to UT when I was deciding on colleges.
Why did you choose to study communications?
At first, it was a process of elimination. I knew I wasn’t going to become an engineer or doctor, so I enrolled in several liberal arts classes my first semester. After taking my first communications course freshman year, I realized it was something I enjoyed and could excel in.
What do you love most about communications and public relations?
My favorite thing is having a purpose behind your work (even when it goes unnoticed). Plus, there is ample room for creativity in how you communicate messages to key audiences. I also love that public relations is necessary for all brands to be successful. This affords me the opportunity to work for brands I support in my personal life in a professional space.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself working at a public relations firm or doing external communications in-house for a brand I’m passionate about. I love lifestyle brands with a cause, for example Patagonia and Whole Foods, and would love to be the creative force behind a brand like that. I’d also love to live in Austin, or take the plunge I’ve dreamed about and move to Denver.
What do you do in your free time?
I love spending time outside, so you can find me hiking the Greenbelt, going out on the lake, or swimming at Barton Springs any time the sun is out. I’m also an avid yogi and completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training last summer to learn more about the history and philosophy of the practice. In addition, I love snowboarding and the mountains, so I spend a decent amount of time in Colorado every winter.