Hello! My name is Sydney Hamilton. I’m originally from Omaha, NE, but I moved to Des Moines, IA to begin my undergraduate degree at Drake University where I am studying Public Relations and Multimedia Journalism with an LGBTQ+ studies concentration.
My love for journalism began in high school when I joined my high school newspaper staff and wrote dozens of articles for our paper. I have always loved writing, but the most exciting part of the process is the interviews. Being able to connect and tell someone’s story is a beautiful responsibility. What I enjoy the most about writing, though, is the editing process, especially peer review. I love being able to help other writers improve their stories and help them grow in their writing.
At Drake, I have also found a love for public relations and the importance of social media in creating a strong brand for a company. Social media is an integral part of how journalism is adapting to today’s society, and one day I hope to become a Social Media Strategist to showcase my passion for the LGBTQ+ community with my skills in communication.
At Drake, I am involved in the Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). I am the Social Media Strategist for SAA, primarily running their Instagram and Facebook. I am currently working with PRSSA to help update the SAA Brand Guide Book, but I also attend regular PRSSA meetings as a general member.
I’m currently a Marketing and Communications Intern at Delta Dental of Iowa where I work mainly on written communication. Some ongoing projects I work on are the Monday Memo, writing and reviewing monthly blogs, and drafting and editing social media posts. I often collaborate with our other interns on graphics and video projects. For my summer project, I will begin planning a day at the Iowa State Fair to promote Delta Dental.
In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, reading, and playing card/board games with my friends. Most recently I have read Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz My family means the world to me, and I hope to one day give back to them all that they gave me growing up. I have a calico cat named Callie who keeps me sane yet drives me crazy. Despite the unnecessary amount of toys I buy for her, her favorite things to play with are hair ties and plastic bags.
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