School of Communication

Kelli Murphy Receives Pittsburgh Women in Communication Scholarship

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pictured is School of Communication student Kelli Murphy. Photo | Christopher Rolinson


Meet Kelli Murphy

Major: Public relations and advertising
Expected graduation: May 2015
Hometown: Moon Township, Pa.
High School: Moon Area High School
Hobbies/interests
: Outdoors, nature, movies, tea, alternative music, reading, great TV shows, traveling.
Favorite quote: "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde
Twitter: @kmurphhhhhh

What is the Pittsburgh Women in Communication Scholarship?

The Pittsburgh Women in Communications Scholarship fund was created at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide assistance to students studying various fields of communications. They're a wonderful nonprofit that makes a significant difference in our community with the funds they have. I encourage you all to do your research and support them.

Tell us about how you were selected to receive the scholarship.

I applied online, and two recommendation letters, a cover letter and resume later, they thought I was a pretty neat person who was worthy of the honor! I'm absolutely humbled to have received this $750 award.

Describe the School of Communication faculty.

The faculty are a hard-working bunch who have my utmost respect. They really do everything they can to make your college tuition worth the money. I've found my favorite English professor and my favorite communications professor, and they've all helped mold me into the person that I am today.

What advice do you have for a student considering Point Park?

With luck comes a lot of hard work. Point Park gives you the tools and the opportunity necessary to further yourself, but it's completely up to you to grab hold of it and run with it. Point Park prides itself on hands-on opportunities and knowledgeable faculty members, but you need to have the courage to step up and make your years here the most productive that you can.

What's it like going to school in Downtown Pittsburgh?

It's a hectic life, let me tell you! I have classes all day and then in the evenings I have a part-time job and an internship. It's really exhausting to be honest, but I wouldn't choose another place to be!

I love that being in Downtown Pittsburgh means you're close to absolutely everything you can think of. One day you can be going to a Pirates game and the next you could be going kayaking — there's really so much to do if you look around. There's always a ton of people and awesome events going on in Point State Park and Market Square (my personal favorite is the farmer's market on Thursdays). I also love what Point Park has done with our campus so far in terms of improvements, and I hope they have more plans to expand it going forward.

Anything else you would like to add?

Do more of the things you love and what makes you the happiest, and have the courage to walk away from the things that don't.

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