My name is Huong Cao and I’m excited to introduce myself as Hill Impact’s newest intern. As a public relations student at George Mason University, I feel grateful that Hill Impact offered me the opportunity to explore the fast-paced communications industry.
If someone told me three years ago, when I was studying liberal arts at Northern Virginia Community College that I would study communications or consider public relations as a career choice, I wouldn’t believe them. But, life is unpredictable in an interesting way. I am now learning from the talented team at Hill Impact, doing public relations work every day. Some of the things I’ve done so far are pitching national and local media outlets, drafting press releases and researching various client issues. It’s a huge joy to build my skills while promoting meaningful causes and missions.
When I’m not going to class, I enjoy cooking. Living in the U.S. gives me exposure to food from many countries. When I first started my kitchen journey, I only knew how to cook Vietnamese food and spaghetti. This year, I have learned how to make seekh kebab, chicken tikka masala, Korean soybean paste soup, Japanese dishes and more. I think success in the kitchen is similar to success in public relations, which requires a passion for learning new things, skillful practice, perseverance and luck.
In addition to cooking, I also enjoy writing and reading because they help me live in mindfulness. I believe that living in the present is the key to happiness and I always want to share this belief in my writing whenever I can. I hope my writing can inspire others to focus on living in the present and give hope to those who are lost. When I did not know what I was interested in studying, I woke up every day feeling uncertain about my future, then I started reading and journaling. While reading other people’s writing inspired me to believe in myself and keep going, journaling helped me to communicate with my inner-self and recognize my keen interest in public relations.
For those who are still unsure about where their interests lie, I want to share with you something I learned from one of my favorite books, “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter And How To Make The Most of Them,” “The one thing I have learned is that you can't think your way through life. The only way to figure out what to do is to do—something.” Interning at Hill Impact is me “doing—something” great in my twenties.