Illinois State University PRSSA members packed their bags on Oct. 25 and flew out to Philadelphia for this year’s PRSSA National Conference. While there, they gained knowledge and insight to bring back and share with our Chapter. Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about their experience at the conference:
“It was very inspiring to be around so many other students, just like myself, who are so passionate about the public relations industry. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to go with. The trip was a great learning experience that was full of fun and laughs,” said junior, Ellie Matthews.
“It was about the four Ps: people, passion, public relations and Philadelphia! It was definitely the most inspiring weekend to become successful in my future career,” said senior and secretary, Melissa Fortes.
“I laughed more in those five days than I have all semester! Spending time with my fellow Chapter members was the best part of the trip. It was also an amazing networking and learning experience. I met so many people who are just as passionate as I am about public relations,” said junior, Cindy Kirchner.
“There wasn't one moment during the conference that wasn't exciting and inspiring, from the profound speakers and networking to the cuisine. Most students traveled to the conference with the goals to return with knowledge and larger networks, but those goals ended up being the icing on the cake for me. None of my experiences top the relationships that were built in Philadelphia. The best part of my trip was getting to know the members in the Chapter and building close friendships with them. This was an adventure I will never forget,” said senior and vice president, Marrison Worthington.
“I enjoyed learning more about public relations and being surrounded by people who are so passionate about it. Overall, the trip was a great experience, being able to learn more about the industry and spending time with some pretty awesome people from the Chapter,” said senior and director of Development, Sarah McSheffrey.
“I absolutely loved every session I attended while at the conference. Jason Mollica led my favorite session, ‘CEO of You.’ I will definitely be referring back to his message throughout my job search,” said senior Bateman Team member, Lauren Ulrich.
"It was so energizing to be surrounded by like-minded people who are just as excited about this industry – students and professionals alike. I thought I loved public relations before, but the National Conference just made me even more excited about this industry!" said senior and historian, Abby Brennan.
"I really loved getting to know everyone better and attending the sessions. The session on personal branding was especially relevant, because I want to create a strong personal brand before I graduate. Going to the haunted house at Eastern State Penitentiary was also really fun. I loved the historical part as well as being scared," said senior and president, Hailey Lanier.
“Attending the conference has been one of the best experiences of not only my college career, but also as a member of PRSSA. I gained so much knowledge during the sessions about public relations, branding and social media. The conference was a great opportunity for me to meet so many other passionate students, including many I have built social media friendships with over the past year and finally got to meet in person. I’d have to say that the best part was creating great friendships and hilarious memories with members while exploring a new city full of history. I truly don’t think I have laughed that much than in those five days. Everyone should go to a PRSSA National Conference at least once,” said junior and director of Relations, Maggie Ziemann.
For those on the fence about attending a PRSSA National Conference in the future, hearing what members have to say about their experiences can definitely help make that decision to go. Not only is the conference a wonderful learning and networking experience, but a time for Chapter bonding, as well.
By Cassidy Obis
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.