Who knew that texting would become an essential skill in life? LOL, Patrick Crim did!
by Donna Parker
Just days after earning his degree in communication from Trinity in 2012, Patrick Crim found himself in the middle of Times Square, thumbs flying on his cell phone as he quick texted his way into 5th place in the Sixth Annual LG Mobile U.S. National Texting Championship.
"There were 300,000 entrants," explains Patrick. "I found out about the contest during my senior year of high school but couldn't go because I took the SAT that weekend. When I saw it again on Facebook during my senior year at Trinity, I entered and went through an eight-week process to make the finals."
Patrick had to text sentences very rapidly as the judges dictated, quickly spell text abbreviations longhand and then text backward based on a sentence the judges read aloud.
"It was exciting," says Patrick who continues, "but I took two Trinity classmates, Cory Scherr '12 and Dustin Nelson '12, and they were more into the whole deal than I was!"
"There was all this free stuff and they were really getting into the contest and cheering pretty loudly. Even the emcee commented on it to the crowd."
Patrick says his years of playing piano were great training for the texting championship and although disappointed he did not land the $50,000 grand prize-that went to a 17-year-old Wisconsin teen-the complimentary trip to New York was great fun along with recognition from national media and television stations from his hometown.
"I was interviewed by Good Morning America and a few Dallas stations. Being a communication major, I put that experience to good use."
A few days later, Patrick returned to San Antonio and started his new public relations job for Jordan Ford where he produces commercials and ensures the dealership sponsors high-visibility concerts and golf tournaments. Any down time is spent on the links where he golfs with his buddies.
"The owner of Jordan is a Trinity graduate so that's a good connection," says Patrick.
"I'm also discovering that my classes are really helping with this job, especially the ones with Aaron Delwiche and Jennifer Henderson, both from the communication department. They always had personal stories to share and engaged the class. They did not just lecture - they wanted us to be constantly doing something."
"I minored in sports management, a program that Jacob Tingle, department of business administration, started from scratch. It's on its way to becoming a major because Dr. Tingle made his classes fun and has such a passion for it."
Patrick plans to stick to PR for a few years before moving into the sports broadcasting arena as a play-by-play analyst for either the Dallas Cowboys or Mavericks. Communications is a departure from the family business, which is practicing law, but it's a career about which he is passionate.
"Sports broadcasting will always be in my back pocket," says Patrick.
...right alongside his cell phone where he can tap out a few texts during halftimes.
You may contact Patrick at pcrim [at] trinity.edu.