Felicia Wong photographed Baylor Spring Football.
Photographing and reporting on sports is a
passion of hers.
Follow your Passion, Find Success
By Taylor Sansone, Public Relations student
First day on campus, everyone has a plan, but what do you do when half way through your freshman year you realize an elective course has you more excited than courses for your major? Baylor alumna, Felicia Wong, will tell you to follow your passion.
Felicia Wong started her college career as an international business major, but soon found that she excelled in communication.
Her meticulous work and creativity made her a perfect match for the Baylor department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media.
Wong became passionate about sports writing and photography.
Through the Journalism, Public Relations and New Media department, Wong was able to gain professional experience in sports through several internships.
She interned with Procter and Gamble, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, ESPN Radio-Central Texas, NBC Entertainment Publicity and Focus Features Publicity.
Her work from these internships can still be seen on Baylor and ESPN Radio's websites and at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Wong made a lasting impression with Baylor faculty
Not only did Wong's work make a lasting impression with her employers, but also with her Baylor professors.
Professor Maxey Parrish said she was "an excellent student who turned in some of the cleanest - best edited - assignments I've received."
It was not only her work, but also her dedication that was noticed by
Professor Carol Perry; "Felicia's sensitive photos of Jessica Foumena were as exceptional as well as Felicia's willingness to help others with extra projects like our department promotion."
Wong could always be found at Baylor's sports events with her camera around her neck, ready to capture the excitement.
However, after being accepted into the Baylor Communications in New York program, Wong was offered internships in entertainment publicity and accepted the challenge.
Although her passion will always be in sports, she said she feels "beyond blessed to have the opportunity to branch out and learn more about the heart of entertainment publicity."
She is working as an assistant to a talent publicist at 42 West in Los Angeles, a company that handles personal publicity for some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
"To be honest, I'm still a bit start-struck," Wong said of her new job, but her favorite experience so far was realizing her favorite actress is now her client.
Wong advises students to network
Her advice to job seekers is to be persistent, know your strengths and learn how to effectively market yourself.
She also highly recommends networking by staying in touch with old bosses, supervisors and fellow interns by sending them an email every two to three months to check in because people really appreciate it.
Finally, she suggests not being afraid to reach out to companies to set up informational interviews.
"Inquire about the work environment, daily duties and expectations for those in your field and see if it's right for you," Wong said. "This is how I got my job!"
Wong is an example of how successful you can become when you are willing to try new things and follow your passion.
Think you have a passion for Journalism, Public Relations and New Media? To explore, visit www.baylor.edu/journalism.