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Pirate's Eye On Ana Martinez '12
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Anna Martinez and team members receiving first place in the Pirates Pitch Venture Fund Competition. Pirates Pitch Venture Fund Competition 
Anna Martinez and Pirates Pitch team
Ana Martinez ’12 is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in Public Relations. She is currently an account coordinator at Coyne PR. Pirate Press sat down with Ana as she reflected on her time as a Pirate.

1. How did you come to select Seton Hall? Tell us where you’re from, and how you made the decision to attend.

I am a big believer in the saying, “what’s meant to be will find its way” and in this case, it truly did! I was born in Cuba, and came to the United States at the age of 6. With minimal resources my family did all that was in their power to put me in a position where I could seek opportunities I would not have had in my native land. I was raised in Belleville, N.J., just 20 minutes away from Seton Hall. Despite the proximity, I knew very little about the university and applied by chance after a fee waiver came in the mail. After stepping foot on the campus I was enamored! The feel of a close knit community, professors that were eager to mentor me, a great scholarship and a campus rich with diversity, all sealed the deal for me.

2. Other than academics, how did you spend your time at Seton Hall? Did you take an active role in service work, club, Greek life or other opportunities offered by Seton Hall?

One of my favorite things at Seton Hall has always been the diversity of activities and organizations one can engage with. From service work with DOVE, holding board positions for Village Liaisons and the Public Relations Student Society of America, and working at the Public Relations and Marketing Department, I spent my time at Seton Hall not only focused on my academics but also doing the things I loved. I was fortunate enough to be part of the National Bateman Case Study Competition my senior year as well as win first place alongside my team members in the Pirates Pitch Venture Fund Competition. Most rewarding of all, I became a sister of the first and largest Latin sorority in the nation, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated.

3. How did Seton Hall help you develop professionally? Did particular faculty, staff or programs influence your choice of major or career aspirations?

Seton Hall was a catalyst to my professional development in a number of ways. As I left behind my high school years, I remember the first time I stepped into a college classroom. Feeling overwhelmed and academically underprepared I made it my goal to study as much and as long as I had to, in order to succeed. One professor in particular, Dr. Kathleen Rennie, mentored me in everything there was to know about the field I had chosen to pursue. After six internships, several mentors, countless visits to the career center and involvement in a long list of campus activities, I left Seton Hall as a professional ready to put the theory I had learned in and outside of the classroom to work.

4. Tell us about your job search. Was finding employment difficult? What led you to your current position?

When the job search begins the nerves kick in and the uncertainty becomes all too scary, at least that was my experience. Knowing that it would be difficult to find employment I hoped to cover my bases as I prepared for this next chapter. I began applying to graduate school and simultaneously looked for possible employment opportunities with no specific direction. I interviewed at a couple of firms and even thought about starting a business. Finally, at the ROPE in Success event, I connected with a colleague which I had interned for at Coyne PR in 2011. Following that encounter, I interviewed several times and took a writing test. Three days before graduation, I was hired! 


5. Tell us about your current position. What are you working on? Do you enjoy it?

I am currently an account coordinator on the health team at Coyne PR. I work directly with clients such as Humana, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Atlantic Health. The team just wrapped up a campaign at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions known as Freewheelin! The best part about the job is there truly is no routine. Each day presents a new challenge. Whether it is writing or pitching an event (sometimes even in Spanish) there is a lot to learn, especially because public relations is an industry that is continually changing.

6. Are there other Seton Hall alumni working for your current employer?

Coyne PR is full of Pirates! There are actually a couple of colleagues that graduated in 2012 and a long list of alumni employed by the agency. Believe it or not, many of us have a pirate icon on our business cards.

7. How are your classmates doing? Are they finding jobs?

The market is tough and the competition is even tougher. Many of my classmates found jobs upon graduation while others are still on the hunt. Although it is increasingly difficult to find employment, I am happy to say many of those classmates who really worked hard throughout their undergraduate careers have been hired or chosen to further their education.

8. What advice would you offer current Seton Hall juniors and seniors who are thinking about post-graduate employment?

It is all about being proactive as early as possible! Becoming involved with organizations or clubs that cater to your major, visiting the career center and participating in internship programs are crucial steps for juniors and seniors. It is essential to connect with both peers and professionals to create a network to help facilitate your search for post graduate employment.

9. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Seton Hall has an immense amount of resources and possibilities. It is a matter of seeking them and dedicating your time here to doing the things you love. As far as academics, there is a pool of faculty which act not only as professors, but mentors to guide you every step of the way. Speaking to them and taking the time to get to know them will open doors you may have never thought you could enter. When it comes to activities, you can be a part of anything and everything. The opportunities allow students to be part of a nationally recognized radio station, Student Activities Board, a Greek organization, or an honor society centered on their major. I believe this is the time for students to dig deep and explore their passions. The university is an oyster for every student to take advantage of. It is a matter of placing yourself in a role of leadership and using these resources to take full advantage of every moment at Seton Hall.

For more information please contact:
Katie Moran
(973) 378-9829
katie.moran@student.shu.edu

 

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