By Michael Stewart
Ambition is a quality that many students at the University of South Carolina would say they possess. But perhaps no student epitomizes that drive more than Ali Mullane. Mullane is a senior from Bridgeport, New Jersey majoring in public relations.
While some public relations students are content just getting a job at an agency, Mullane has higher aspirations. “I would love to work for Edelman, a public relations agency in New York, and maybe head the firm at some point,” says Mullane.
To really get the full story of Mullane’s ambitions, dive into her family’s history. Her father has worked in marketing for her entire life meaning a lot of moving during childhood. “We moved a ton, and people always think I’m an army brat for it,” Mullane says. Not only was her father in marketing and public relations, but her grandfather was as well.
In fact, Mullane’s grandfather was a big part of the AT&T and Bell company split of 1984. Mullane’s grandfather’s biggest piece of advice in public relations was that you have to have writing skills to be successful, which is big reason why she is taking Journalism 540 this semester.
Mullane already has honed her writing as an intern for USA Today. She considers that to be one of her greatest successes. “I had to work really hard to get it (USA Today internship) and submit a bunch of applications and it was a little nerve-wracking,” Mullane added. She says her Journalism 291 and 436 professor, Dr. Webster, greatly influenced her writing, and she what she learned working for USA Today in New York City. Mullane also looks up to Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue as a strong feminist.
Never feeling settled was a large part of Mullane’s childhood. That carried over into her college years. She started college at the University of Indiana, then transferred to the University of Pittsburgh, until finally settling on the University of South Carolina. Though some would not be comfortable with this, Mullane is content. She says travel is one of her main interests. Her life goal is to visit every country in the world. She covered a good chunk of them studying abroad this past semester in Dublin, Ireland. Mullane visited 14 countries while she was overseas.
Stewart is a multimedia journalism senior