Cookin’ For College, What Launched My PR Career

First, watch this:

Now, in 2010, my husband and I started a journey that we called Cookin’ For College, an online cooking show that featured easy and budget-friendly recipes. Arthur was the host. I was the camera/editing crew, website developer, content creator, director and PR manager. College newspapers across the country featured articles on Cookin’ For College. The Athens Banner Herald featured their article on the front page. He did phone interviews, a skype interview with WTOC, an on-set filmed feature in New York on Fox News’ Fox and Friends morning show and was a guest on Food Network’s Paula’s Best Dishes. We were just messing around honestly. We filmed him making dinner, put it on YouTube, contacted a few college newspapers and boom. It took off like wildfire, took-of like 2010 took-off not like 2018 took-off. I think the YouTube channel still only has 1,000 hits, but back then, we were a “YouTube sensation.”

Phone interviews, television interviews, Fox News flying us to New York City… It was crazy and surreal. We never made any money off of Cookin’ For College, but we made a lot of memories and priceless experiences. Cookin’ For College made me change my major junior year of college from Art History to Public Relations. I didn’t even have the GPA to get into the pr program, but luckily they take into account real life experiences. At 20 years old, my experiences were a little ahead of my peers. It got my husband his career in food. His boss saw the videos, thought he had gumption and gave him a shot. Thankfully, that shot has turned into 5 years of selling food, and he couldn’t be happier.

It’s crazy how life turns out. We could have never imagined Cookin’ For College’s success let alone how it shaped the rest of our lives.