Current University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) public relations senior and student-athlete Casey Brogan’s competitive nature shines both on the field and in the classroom, as she is soon to become the first Oregon lacrosse player to graduate from the Robert D. Clark Honors College.
Brogan has continued to keep her academics a priority while participating on a Division I women’s lacrosse team. She has also participated in numerous other academic and extracurricular opportunities, such as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, O Heroes, PRSSA and the Media in Ghana program.
Brogan now takes a moment to reflect on her time at the SOJC as she prepares for graduation in the spring.
What made you choose your current major?
The variety in public relations was one of the main reasons that I chose the major. There are endless opportunities in every area of interest, and that is something I love. The SOJC portrayed a type of “work hard, play hard” mentality and that is my style.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned while at the SOJC?
Surprisingly — teamwork. I’ve been a part of multiple sports teams, but the SOJC taught me off-the-field teamwork. It’s been invaluable for me to learn how to be a better leader and how to be a better follower in a professional setting.
What is your favorite class you’ve taken and why?
My favorite class was Journalism 453, Public Relations Planning and Cases with David Remund. It was challenging and fast paced, but it was the first class in the public relations sequence I felt like I got to work on complete projects and get a better understanding of the industry. I also loved my classmates in my group. They became some of my good friends.
How have you managed to balance your academics and athletics?
I guess the balance suits my personality well. I’m a laid back person, but I’m also very intense about things that are important to me. I don’t let much get under my skin for longer than five minutes and I think that’s essential for student-athletes to be able to focus on the present. When we’re at practice, we don’t dwell on school. When we’re at school, we don’t dwell on practice.
There are a lot of individual responsibilities in both academics and athletics, and realizing that has allowed me to succeed in both. These responsibilities have always been opportunities to challenge myself against my own potential and have kept me driven.
What’s one piece of advice you have for younger students interested in your field of study?
Realize and appreciate the SOJC is the place to be for this industry. People here want to help you and want to push you. I would encourage younger students to absorb as much as you can from the professionals around us, and don’t hesitate to be more than what people expect. I think the confidence and fearlessness of SOJC students is why we have made a name for ourselves as a professional school.
What are your future goals/plans after graduation?
My plans are completely up in the air, but I am looking to move to Southern California or back home to the East Coast. I’m interested in sports public relations and aspects of issues management and crisis communication. I want to work in an agency. My long-term goal is to discover what I most enjoy in public relations and how I can best use it to make a difference.
Story by Katie MacLean ’15