I found public relations after visiting an open house during a college visit. My plan, originally, was to major in psychology. I have always had an interest in others and how they think. I was also passionate about helping others. After visiting the psychology table, I decided to look around. I saw the public relations table. I knew someone from high school that graduated a year before me that went into public relations. Not knowing much about it, my mom and I walked over to hear more about this career.
What sold me was all the things that were possible with a PR degree. Public relations wasn’t just about writing press releases or cold calling to pitch to media, it was evolving into a digital age of social media, influencers, and shared content. I was hooked and knew that is what I decided to major in.
That is when I found Illinois State. My mom found that the school had a public relations program, and a well established one too. The public relations program equips you with the essential skills needed to pursue a degree in public relations. It also gives you the freedom to I took a campus visit and knew that Illinois State University was the right school for me.
Fast forward four years later, I now hold the position of PRSSA’s chapter president at Illinois State. I joined my freshman year just trying to learn more about what public relations was. This organization has taught me countless skills that are needed in the PR world such as networking, how to properly organize your resume, and social media skills. There are also a lot of lessons I learned from outside of chapter meetings. Time management is an important skill to have, especially in a leadership position.
I also learned to always ask questions. PRSSA is a safe space where no question is worth being ignored. PRSSA wants to help you grow professionally and go into an interview, an internship, or simply networking with confidence. We want you to feel prepared and qualified for any situation.
As my time as President, I have made it my goal to help those who need it. Whether it is to find an internship
By: Megan Pellock
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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.