Hi, I’m Sam Wyman and welcome to Social Sandwich.
Social Media has been a part of my life since I was 12, when I decided to make a Myspace page. Yes, Myspace. Since then I’ve been completely addicted to social media, in a good way of course. From Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, I’ve always figured out how each network worked and how to market myself through each unique platform.
As I grew, I started to apply what I learned about social media and marketing to helping others. When I was 18 I had the opportunity to do PR coordination at the San Francisco Green Festival. This is where my passion for social media and PR really took off.
At the Green Festival I worked in the media lounge and helped promote the event through social media. I met with speakers and escorted them to their interviews. I was running all over the place talking to speakers, media and attendees of the event. This was my first time working in PR and social media and though it was hectic, I loved it.
My experience at the Green Festival those few years ago led me to choose to double major in Communication, with a PR concentration, and International Studies. I currently attend Western Carolina University, where I will be a junior this upcoming semester.
For the past two years I have also worked in WCU’s PR department where I manage the University’s social networks and help promote campus events. Platforms include: Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Google +, YouTube, LinkedIn Alumni page, and numerous WCU Facebook pages. As a core member of the eMarketing team I also met with other departments to help with social media. Most recently I’ve worked with the Alumni office, to help increase Alumni donations and involvement in the University, and the Mountain Heritage Center to help promote the annual Mountain Heritage Day Festival.
Studying Communication and International Studies has opened my mind to a world of opportunities. This past May, I traveled to Kenya for a study abroad program with two professors and seven other students. We stayed in a village where we learned about the community there and studied grass roots development. This was my first time out of the country, and it was an amazing life changing experience that I will never forget. I blogged about my trip here.
In a nutshell, social media and PR are my passion, and I’m here to help small businesses better their social networking skills and promote what they have to offer to the world.