My name is Alise, and I’m a 21-year-old senior at the University of Missouri studying Strategic Communications in the J-school.
I’m interested in a lot of things, like public relations, copywriting, and baking the perfect scone. Hailing from a very small town north of Chicago but south of Milwaukee, I’m a Midwestern girl at heart; The tater-tot-casserole-loving, long-winter-enjoying, diehard-Chicago-Cubs-fan kind of girl. After graduation, I hope to be working at a public relations agency or in-house, writing press releases, maintaining media lists, and doing what I really love: creating networks of people and ideas.
Aside from PR, brand strategy has snapped up my attention during my last few semesters at school. How can brands better connect to their consumers and their stakeholders? What creates a great, authentic conversation between brand and consumer, and how can a brand do it better? To me, it all comes down to honesty and specificity. If you know exactly who you are and want to be, it’s easy to be up front about it. I find that those brands are the most successful in connecting to their audiences.
When I’m not studying, I’m probably bending into yoga poses, attempting to conquer another baking recipe (homemade bagels are next), or diving into a new book. I’m currently reading “A Walk in the Woods,” by Bill Bryson.
This is a personal blog where I write to creatively explore the world around me, wherever I am at the moment. It’s meant to keep me on a personal deadline and to hone my writing skills.
What will you find here?
- Personal essays creatively delving into, well, personal topics.
- Examples of writing and public relations work.
- A copy of my resume.
- Occasional link aggregation posts that contain phenomenal recipes (if I do say so myself).
Where does the blog’s name come from?
I was raised Catholic, and when I went through my Confirmation (as many Catholic kids do), I decided to take the name of my maternal grandmother, Carol. It’s not a legal change, and it’s more symbolic than anything else, but it reminds me of the many strong, creative women who existed before me and paved the way for everything I seek to accomplish. So that’s how you get “Mary Alise Carol.”