Hi! My name is Kealia Reynolds and I’m a senior strategic communications major in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. My passions include storytelling, photography (although I’m still learning the ins and outs of it), writing and being able to creatively and effectively communicate with others. I love traveling and experiencing new places, cultures and people. I’m also a complete foodie and love trying new dishes at hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
After graduation, I would love to work at a media/communications agency where I have the ability to work with clients within a commercial and non-profit realm. I admire companies like CRISP Agency, Bolt PR and MullenLowe. By combining my passions and interests, I hope to work for one of these companies (or one similar) and make a difference for people by showing just how important a single story can be.
Which brings me to this blog — with graduation being a few months away, I have had a lot of time to reflect on my college experiences and what I’ve learned from them, what they mean to me and how I can apply them to my life post-graduation. While I’ve gotten tons of internship experience, learned how to perfect a resume (sort of) and managed a variety of extracurriculars, the most important milestone of my life so far has nothing to do with any of that. In fact, it’s way deeper and meaningful than any of the things I just mentioned. In just the third month of my freshman year, I started a relationship with Jesus Christ and began to follow Him.
This relationship has changed my entire outlook on life, changed my priorities, and affected how I live and treat others.
My goal isn’t to tell you what’s wrong and what’s right with your life. It’s not even to change the way you live or the choices you make. It’s to connect with you. To encourage you. To support you.
I want my college experiences to provide a source of encouragement and support for college-aged women. College is a crucial time to figure out who you are and what you stand for. It’s full of change, doubt and growth. But it’s also about realizing that some of the things that matter the most are things you can’t get from an education. With all of that being said, I hope my words resonate with you and inspire you to share your experiences with others. We’re all put on this earth for a reason – maybe it’s to just tell a story.