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Summary

Multimedia storyteller and public speaker, motivated to utilise communication and leadership skills from past experiences to work towards social justice. Always eager to learn from others and see issues from their points of view. Proactive, conscientious and hardworking student, driven towards success, self improvement and reporting with integrity.

Education

Aug 2015Jun 2019

Current Student

DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising

4.0/4.0 GPA

Aug 2011Jun 2015

High School Diploma

Middleton High School

Experience

Jan 2016Present

Newscaster

Radio DePaul
  • Gather recent news events and choose the most timely and relevant to report on air.
  • Report the latest local/national/international news on air on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5pm.
Jun 2012Present

Trainer and Risk Management Team Member

Culver Franchising System, Inc.
  • Work efficiently with a team to accurately help customers through their experience while at our restaurant
  • Hold a positive, energetic attitude while providing customer service to 30+ customers daily by taking orders and handling food and money
  • Encourage my team members and helped create a positive, enjoyable working space and rapport
  • Train new team members and helps them transition into their new environment.
May 2015Aug 2015

Hostess

Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
  • Coordinated relations between our guests and servers, monitoring each server’s work load to ensure they did not become overwhelmed with their workload
  • Communicated efficiently with a team to ensure the best experience for our guests
  • Represented and projected a positive image for Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse by staying on task, dressing professional and eagerly helping my team members and our guests

Leadership & Activities

Jan 2016Present

College Radio Station, Radio DePaul, Chicago IL

Newscaster
  • Gather recent news events and choose the most timely and relevant to report on air.
  • Report the latest local/national/international news on air on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5pm during the school year.
Jan 2016Present

Online Magazine, 14 East, Chicago IL

Founding  Member and Social Media Editor
  • Helped brand the website, organize the content and manages social media accounts and contributes to the magazine.
Sep 2015Present

Online Magazine, Her Campus, Chicago IL

Writer and Marketing Executive Team Member
  • Write weekly articles geared towards female students at DePaul
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings and contribute in conversation
  • www.hercampus.com/DePaul 
Sep 2015Present

Student Newspaper, The DePaulia, Chicago, IL        

Contributing Writer
  • Contribute to DePaul’s newspaper in the News and Arts & Life sections
  • Report on events at DePaul and around the city by conversing with participants and researching the topic
Sep 2015Present

Pangea Educational Development DePaul Chicago, IL

Tutor
  • Tutor students in reading, assist with their homework and encourage hard work and improvement.
  • Foster a positive relationship with the
Nov 2015June 2016

Online Magazine, Society 19, Chicago IL

Trendsetter
  • Independently wrote bi-weekly articles for my ‘Throwback Thursday’ series.
Jul 2013Jun 2015

Cheerleading

Cheer Captain
  • Motivated my team and encouraged positive behavior and improvement is all areas of my teammate’s lives
Aug 2014Jun 2015

DECA

Co-President
  • Organized club events and fundraisers while building membership for our chapter

Skills

Computer
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Power Point. Functional in Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and Illustrator

Portfolio

Itsmarissanelson.com

Honors, Awards and Achievements

  • National Honors Society Member - October 2013 - Present
  • National Society of High School Scholars - June 2015 - Present
  • Most Improved 2016 - Radio DePaul