Hello to all members, both new and returning! My name is Sarah Lisewski and I am the current president of PRSSA at Illinois State University.
When I came to ISU in Fall 2017, I was a proud Mass Media major. I thought that it was the major for me, and I was sold. One semester in, though, I started to hear people talk about Public Relations. I was slightly interested but unsure. That is when I decided to take the Introduction to Public Relations course in the fall of my sophomore year. This course opened my eyes to all of the amazing things I could do with PR.
It was in that same Intro to PR course that I learned about the Public Relation Student Society of America. The president at the time was the Teaching Assistant for the class and the second I saw her I knew that she was someone that I wanted to be like. She became almost like an idol for me to look up to throughout the semester. I quickly joined PRSSA and did everything I could to be involved.
PRSSA is a great space to grow as a confident pre-professional and student. Over the past two years, this has proven to be very true for me. Not only have I been able to connect with an abundance of professionals, I have also gained an immense amount of confidence, not only as a Public Relations student but also as a person in general.
This organization has provided me with more experiences than I could have imagined when I first joined. I have gained internship opportunities, toured numerous agencies, held multiple leadership roles, and most of all, I made a great group of friends that I could not imagine navigating the world without.
Our faculty advisor Dr. Becky Hayes once said to me that the “PRSSA mafia” is strong, and that could not be more true. The people that I have met through this organization are going to be there for me through every professional difficulty that I will face for the rest of my life. Whether I am FaceTiming our Progressive Image Director multiple times a day to get advice, or relying on the rest of my executive board to make me laugh, I will always be grateful for the people that PRSSA has brought into my life.
PRSSA doesn’t only help you become a great pre-professional, it also just brings an immense amount of happiness into your life.
PRecisely PR is the blog of the Illinois State University Chapter of the PRSSA. We write about Chapter events, the public relations industry, member profiles, and more.