Our final leg of our “Meet the Intern” series will conclude with our Media Coordinator, Kerry Colby!
Where are you from?
I’ve lived all over the West Coast, but I consider Seattle, Washington to be my home.
Who is your Alma Mater? What is your degree in?
I graduated from Washington State University this past May with a degree in Strategic Communications with a focus in public relations. Go Cougs!
What is your position with the Valero Alamo Bowl and what are your responsibilities?
I am this year’s Media Coordinator. I handle the media relations and social media, as well as assist in all the public relations and sports information efforts for the bowl game.
What part of this experience excites you most?
I’m excited for the bowl game itself! There’s so much preparation leading up to the game, and it’s eye-opening learning all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into it. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s hard work pay off for our 25th Anniversary.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Ideally, I’d love to be working for a professional sports team or collegiate program doing their media relations and communications. The sports industry can be a difficult field to get into, but I’m more than willing to put in the long hours and hard work to accomplish my goal.
What advice do you have to perspective students who may want to pursue career in Media and Public Relations?
Don’t be afraid of rejection. Even if you think you have no chance of getting a job you see an opening for, apply anyway! You never know if you don’t try. When I initially applied to work with Washington State University Athletics in their communications department, I didn’t think I had a chance since I had little experience. I ended up getting hired and got incredible experience working in athletic communications for two years.
How long must the staff wait before the Cougar Gold arrives?
It’s a little too hot to have it shipped over now, but my former boss from WSU said he’ll be sending some over to us in October. Only another month or two, I promise. It’ll be well-worth the wait.
Obviously, moving from Seattle to San Antonio could be a huge culture shock! What are your favorite things about San Antonio so far?
The hot and humid weather took some getting used to! But my favorite thing about San Antonio so far has been how friendly and welcoming everyone has been. It’s made the cross-country move a lot easier for me. The Mexican food (especially breakfast tacos) and sweet tea are on my list of favorite things too.
Favorite food? Tacos
Favorite show to binge watch on Netflix? Last Chance U or any 30 For 30 films
Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. My family has a tradition where everyone must wear a different football jersey or you can’t sit at the dinner table.
Favorite athlete? JJ Watt
Favorite Mike Leach quote while at Washington State: When asked why he picked running back Jamal Morrow as team captain he said: “Jamal Morrow was on The Price Is Right and was fairly lucky and went to the final round and almost won the sucker. So I figured Jamal Morrow’s a lucky guy, plus he’s got pretty good energy to him, so why not Jamal Morrow?”
Favorite sports memory: Washington State upsetting Oregon 45-38 in double overtime during the 2015 season. My brother is a Duck, so it was pretty awesome finally beating him in football.