Grad Profile: Pascalle Desjardins (2012/13)

Today's Loyalist PR graduate profile features Pascalle Desjardins (2012/13) who is now employed as Public Relations Coordinator for the Brighton & District Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to enrolling in the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist College, Pascalle completed a diploma in Recreation & Leisure Studies at Loyalist.

Loyalist PR: What made you decide to enrol in the Post-Grad PR Program at Loyalist?

Pascalle: After graduating from Recreation & Leisure, I didn't feel ready to go out into the working world. The public relations course started to come up within my circle of friends towards the end of the year. I knew a few people who had taken Rec & Leisure and then PR, so I started to ask them questions about the program. Growing up, I was always putting people before myself, and doing whatever I could to make others happy. What I didn't realize is that PR is a great fit for non-profit work; I felt it was the perfect fit for me!

Loyalist PR: How did the Post-Grad PR Program help prepare you for your current position?

Pascalle: It prepared me in ways I didn't expect it to. Public speaking and interacting with people has become a lot easier. I'm still not the best writer out there, but I did learn! I've used my writing skills when writing articles for a mini-magazine for our members. I was pretty comfortable with social media going into PR, but I did learn new things, and that has helped me improve the social media footprint of at the Brighton & District Chamber of Commerce. I'm always been complimented for being so prompt at posting things online!

Loyalist PR: Any favourite memories from your year in Loyalist PR?

Pascalle: Oh, the memories! One of my favourite memories is when we did our first three-minute speech in front of the class. Being French, I speak fast -- and when you add nerves into the equation, it's bad news! I remember spending hours practicing in front of my family for that presentation.

While presenting, I was nervous as can be. Now, looking back, I dont' know why I was so nervous. I've had to face much bigger groups with longer presentations, and I've done just fine!

Planning the end-of-the-year PRISM Awards luncheon is an awesome memory! I had such a good group to work with! During the year, I didn't have the chance to work with all my classmates. It was pretty special to get to really know them while planning such an important event for the entire class.

Loyalist PR: Any words of wisdom to share with this year's Loyalist PR students?

Pascalle: You will feel out of your comfort zone at times, but it's all a part of growing and becoming a better "you". Don't be afraid to try new things, have a positive attitude and make friends!

Loyalist PR: Thanks, Pascalle -- and good luck with the Chamber!