What aspects of PRSSA have benefitted you the most?
Definitely the agency tours! Being able to visit PR agencies and get a first hand look at the work culture and view a typical work day in the industry was extremely beneficial for me to figure out what field of PR I wanted to get into. Not to mention all the advice we acquire from employees.
In your previous Member Monday interview, you mentioned being a part of three clubs and working at the fitness center; how do you balance your school work and having a social life?
I’m really just trying to focus on my capstones, PRSSA, working and enjoying my last year. During my senior year, I’m trying to immerse myself as much as I can into PRSSA and my schoolwork to prepare myself the best I can for graduating in May and hopefully landing a job as soon as possible.
multiple accounts and always have a variety in terms of your projects is very attractive to me. I think that aspect calls for a lot of creativity, teamwork and something new every day, which I find very enticing.
What is a word of advice to the freshman and sophomore PR majors who are just starting off in the major?
Get involved as much as you can in PRSSA and other COM related Registered Student Organizations. It’s not only attractive to employers but building a network of future colleagues who have the same interests as you is awesome in terms of learning and personal gain, in general. ""
Since you are a senior, what is on your "bucket list" to do during senior year and before graduating?
I’m trying to have as much fun as I can. I also want to leave my mark on PRSSA and have a memorable and eventful year with lots of member involvement. On a different note, playing one on one with a sloth at the zoo is also on my bucket list. I love sloths!
Written by Maddie Rose
DISCLAIMER: No need to keep scrolling! These resolutions do not include going to the gym.
We are well into the new year, which means New Year's resolutions are back in full swing. I am not usually one to stick to resolutions, but hey, let’s keep the consistency going and try again! This new year should be dedicated to developing our professional selves and preparing for a career in public relations. If you want to be a better PR professional than you were last year, then read on!
1. Become more organized than ever before. We are PR majors- we can never be TOO organized.
I am sure you have heard this before, but writing down all of your tasks has to be one of the best ways to successfully complete all of your daily duties. If you have tried this before with no success, try this other helpful technique. Find a planner that fits with your personality. Maybe it has a cool cover or just enough lines to fit all of your responsibilities. If planners are not your go-to recorder, then try out a white board or strategically placed post-it note reminders around your room
2. Put yourself out there. Do something that will make you stand out.
As PR majors, we are all overachievers and have plenty of extracurricular activities on our resumes to make us great candidates for jobs in the field. So, what do you do if you have already gone that extra mile? Go even further. Create a video blog, help promote a new restaurant in town, do something that others haven’t! A great way to look for ideas is to ask yourself, “Who do I look up to for inspiration?” Then, take a look at what they may have done to get themselves above the rest.
3. Add the word “no” to your vocabulary.
Like I mentioned, PR students usually have way too much on their plate, which stems from our willingness to take on everything that comes our way. Although it may seem like the best option to take on that third or fourth activity, think about how it might affect your other activities you partake in. It is better to give your all in a few activities, than give half of your potential across four or five. If you are one to take on everything that comes your way, then check out this study tip:
4. Learn new de-stress techniques.
A year without stress is a year with no challenges or obstacles. Find techniques that will help you in those times. There are plenty of yoga exercises and breathing techniques that have circled the internet, but sometimes being calm is not what works for us. Try putting on some headphones and blasting music, or find a sweet treat to reward yourself. We all are programmed in different ways, so if you have not found your go-to stress reliever, start looking for things that you enjoy!
5. Anticipate your future career in PR.
As a senior, I know all too well how fast the time goes by in college. Before you know it, you are in your last semester and in the process of applying to jobs. Ask yourself, what do I want to do out of college? What exactly does a PR professional do? What is the work culture like in a PR agency? Familiarizing yourself with this information will help you prepare, or at least get your brain thinking about life after college.
Let 2017 be YOUR year. Which resolution will you take a shot at?
Written by Heather Tidwell
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Thursday, Feb. 2 – Internship Fair
Thursday, Feb 2 – Career Center Event: Internships
Friday, Feb. 3 – National Delegate Application due
Friday, Fen 3 – Career Center Event: Graduate School
Friday, Feb. 3 – Agency Tour
Tuesday, Feb. 7 – National Delegate Interviews before chapter
Friday, Feb. 17 – PRSSA Formal 2017
Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Dues are due!
Sunday, Feb. 26 – FLY Potluck Social
Friday, March 3 & Saturday, March 4 – Regional Conference
Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2 – National Assembly
Wednesday, March 1 – Study Abroad app due
FleishmanHillard – March 1, 2017
Ketchum – Feb. 8, 2017
Institute of Political Journalism – Feb. 7, 2017
STUDY ABROAD: NETHERLANDS
The summer 2017 study abroad program will be taking place at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningon from May 24 through June 16. Classes will be taught by professors in English and will explore multicultural competence and communication, the legal financial, and political aspects of the Eurozone, and European cultures from the business perspective. The 4-week program also includes excursions to selected destinations in The Netherlands, including Amsterdam. The study abroad program now counts for 6 academic credits. The application deadline is March 1. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Smudde: firstname.lastname@example.org
The summer 2017 study abroad program will also be taking place in Panama City, Panama from June 25 – July 23 and will focus on mass media and journalism. If you are interested in learning more please contact Jobn Baldwin email@example.com
CERTIFICATE IN PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC RELATIONS: STAND OUT WHEN YOU START OUT
Graduating seniors must complete the computer-based exam 6 months before graduating or 6 months after graduating. The exam cost is $150 and the recommended online study course is $50. Online study materials can also be found on www.prcertificate.org. The Certificate in Principles of Public Relations is the stepping stone to Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). If you are interested please contact Dr. Smudde: firstname.lastname@example.org
FLEISHMANHILLARD: is accepting applications from graduating seniors for the 2016 Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellowship program Nov. 1 – March 1. Priority review will be given to those who apply before Feb. 1. Current fellows have had the opportunity to work on client projects, media relations, events, and new business pitches. Program includes: 6-12 month fellowship, competitive pay, challenging work experience in one of our U.S. offices, and senior level mentorship. If you are interested, please contact: DiversityFellowship@fleishman.com
KETCHUM: Ketchum is accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Fellowship Program. The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb 8. They are looking for candidates with strong writing capabilities, intellectual curiosity, awareness with current trends, impeccable multitasking abilities, an interest in digital, savvy with social media, and a strong work ethic. Qualified applicants will participate in a “game” of a variety of challenges that will measure creative, digital, writing, and general PR skills. Top applicants will then move on to the interview stage.
INSTITUTE OF POLITICAL JOURNALISM:
The Institute of Political Journalism summer 2017 internship takes places in Washington, D.C. with housing paid for. Interns work approximately 30 hours a week. The application deadline is Feb. 7, 2017 and you are guaranteed an internship placement. Internship positions include print and broadcast media, new services, internet publications, public relations, Capitol Hill press offices and advocacy organizations. If you are interested, please Joe Starrs (Phone: 202-986-0384 Email: email@example.com) or visit dcinternships.org
AGENCY TOUR: WALKER SANDS & PORTER NOVELLI
We will be visiting Walker Sands and Porter Novelli on Friday, Feb. 3 in Chicago. Sign up at chapter by Tuesday, Jan 31. Class exemptions are available upon request. Please dress business casual and bring money for lunch and travel. If you signed up for the tour and can no longer make it, please contact Deja Whitt firstname.lastname@example.org
PRSSA FORMAL 2017:
PRSSA’s annual formal will be on Friday, Feb. 17. It will be a Las Vegas/Casino themed social. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Admission is $5 and all are welcome! Bring your friends! More details to come.
FLY PROGRAM POTLUCK SOCIAL:
Attention FLY members! There will be a potluck social on Sunday, Feb. 26. Please make or purchase a dish with your FLY partner and bring it to the social! More details to come. If you are interested in becoming a FLY member, please contact Chloe: email@example.com
If you are interested in becoming a member or continuing your PRSSA membership, you must pay dues by Tuesday, Feb 21. Dues are $55 for seniors (one semester) and $80 for all other members (two semesters/the calendar year).
Benefits include: Internship opportunities, scholarship opportunities, leadership positions, agency tours, National Conference, Regional Conference, PRSA dinners, and many other exclusive resources.
COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC RELATIONS TUTOR:
Need help studying? Emma Lipka is here to help! Office hours: Monday 1:30 – 3:30 Fell 116, Tuesday 3 – 5 Fell 140, Wednesday 6 – 8 Fell 116, Thursday 9 – 11 Fell 140, and Friday 12 – 2 Fell 116.
We are currently seeking a PRSSA dues-paying member (sophomore or junior) to represent our chapter at the National Assembly in Seattle, Washington as our National Delegate. The assembly takes place on March 30 – April 2. The trip will be funded by the chapter. Applications are due Thursday, Feb 2 and interviews will be held on Tuesday, Feb 7 before chapter. Please send applications to the chapter email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you have any questions.
SPRING INTERNSHIP FAIR:
The Spring Internship Fair will be on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Bone Student Center.
CAREER CENTER EVENTS:
On Thursday, Feb. 2 from 3 – 3:45 p.m. in the Bone Student Center the Career Center will be hosting “Ins and Outs of Internships: Guide to Understanding the Value of an Internship.” Stop by on your way to the internship fair! Registration is required. Please register here: https://events.illinoisstate.edu/event/ins-outs-internships-guide-understanding-value-internship/
Interested in going to graduate school? On Friday, Feb 3 from 12 – 1 p.m. in 110P Student Services Building the Career Center will be hosting “Graduate School Series: Graduate School Overview & Financial Tips.” No registration required.
REGIONAL CONFERNCE: DEPAUL PR PALOOZA
Regional Conference will be taking place at DePaul University in Chicago on March 3 and 4. DePaul’s PR Palooza is all about media and entertainment PR! The cost is $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Please let Deja know it you are interested in going! Registration ends Feb. 17. Register here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prpalooza-tickets-28643713117?platform=hootsuite
Being a member of PRSSA gives you access to potential scholarships. A full list of scholarships and application deadlines (deadlines vary among scholarships) can found here: http://prssa.prsa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/
Congratulations Daina Sauls on your internship with the City of Bloomington.
Keep up the good work everyone!
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in SCH 138 at 8 p.m.. We will be having a resume workshop! Please print and bring your resume if you have one!
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