When Stephanie Chow began her co-op program in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University (SFU), she had no idea she’d end up finding her dream career. Now, after a year’s worth of PR experience and lots of hard work, Chow has a new accomplishment to showcase: the 2014 CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship.
“I found that I really enjoyed telling stories and building relationships to better understand and showcase a client’s work,” she says, reflecting on her year working in the Public Affairs and Media Relations office at SFU—an experience that taught her how to deal with real-life, challenging situations and the importance of building relationships.
“I got to work with really intelligent people and a supportive team that encouraged me throughout the year. I also got to see first-hand how senior communications professionals handled challenging and high-profile cases, which was a great learning opportunity.”
A rewarding accomplishment
The CPRS Vancouver Student Scholarship is awarded each year to a student who submits excellent project work for a real-world client.
“It’s been a challenging and rewarding year for me—I wanted to give myself a chance to win the scholarship and show the industry what I’ve done,” she says. “It also feels great to break Kwantlen’s winning streak. I’m happy to represent SFU and its co-op program.” Until this year, a Kwantlan student has won the award all but once since its inception in 1997.
After she graduates in August, she plans on perusing a career in PR or marketing communications, and hopefully do some traveling.
CPRS Vancouver Student Volunteer Samantha Dutton-Jones sat down with Stephanie to hear about her scholarship win, watch what she had to say here.