Staff Social Media Manager
Jamilee Hoffman, a senior at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, wants to promote issues that are important to her: racial equality, gender equality and women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ civil rights. That’s why she chose to major in Communication Studies. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to make a difference by getting certain issues spread throughout the media,” she said. “This way, issues can reach to whoever they need to (such as a government official) who will be able to create justice for those issues, even it is only in my surrounding town/community, because that change could contribute to the overall change that is needed in the world.”
She also has a heavy interest in music and its promotion, because musical artists often have an important message in their lyrics that can help others not feel alone or feel empowered. With these ideas, Jamilee hopes to make a vital impact in the world through the field of communication/PR field after she graduates in 2020.
Jamilee is a member of the Communication Honor Society Lambda Pi Eta, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is also active in the Performing Dance Portmanteau, KU’s student-run dance studio.
Dance is a huge part of her life. Jamilee took instruction in ballet from age 3 through her high school years and has danced in many school performances. “Dance … is very therapeutic and allows me to release my emotions,” she said.
When it comes to higher education, it was hard for Jamilee to know exactly what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. Choosing an educational path is a huge choice that brings a whole new perspective on life. Therefore, she feels that paying for a bachelor’s degree is the craziest thing she’s every done. “I think is pretty crazy is that we have to pay thousands of dollars just for a piece of paper,” Jamilee said. “It’s a little crazy that you have to go through so many years of education in elementary, middle, and high school, and then realize that you must pay money to get educated in a particular area that you are interested in.” She still questions her purpose and whether Communications/PR is the right career for her to pursue, and she hopes to put her degree to use in a job she loves.
Why does Jamilee want to participate in Writing Wrongs 2019?
“I would love to be a social media manager so I could share everyone’s experiences. The LGBTQ+ community needs to be talked about more so that others who are struggling … can see that exposure of the community is normal. I want others to know that they can find help through a therapist or through another friend in the community. … It needs to be a part of everyone’s everyday lives so that it isn’t seen as something different or odd. I want to be a part of creating more exposure and love for the community.”