Hello, new and returning members!
This year is going to be full of workshops, tours, traveling and networking. I encourage everyone to become engaged and seek out the opportunities PRSSA has to offer. I believe the more you put into PRSSA, the more PRSSA gives back to you.
I transferred to Illinois State University in my junior year and declared public relations as my major. My transition to ISU was more difficult than I anticipated, so I sought out a place where I felt I belonged.
At the beginning of the school year, I heard classmates and professors talk about PRSSA, so I decided to check it out. I sat way in the back and attempted to take in all the information, but honestly I was still confused about what PR even was.
As I continued my regular Chapter attendance, things started to come together. I began to understand the content presented in the classroom and was becoming familiar with my peers.
I finally became an active member once I toured two PR agencies in downtown Chicago with PRSSA. I now understood how this is a professional-development organization and how this experience would open new doors. It gives you real-world experience that builds on what you learn in the classroom.
Once I became an engaged member, I decided to apply to be our Chapter’s delegate to PRSSA’s National Assembly. I was selected to be flown out to Seattle, Wash., to represent our Chapter. I was with more than 200 other students from across the US who were also chosen by their local Chapters. I participated in professional-development workshops, attended leadership training sessions, and helped elect the PRSSA’s upcoming National Committee. I networked and met people from all around the world whom I still talk to today.
When the end of the school year rolled around, I felt motivated to apply for my current role as our Chapter’s president. I gained a holistic perspective of the organization when I attended the National Assembly and it fueled my fire for public relations and PRSSA.
I want to instill that fire in you and help you prepare you for your professional career. Please never hesitate to reach out to me or any of the Executive Board members. This is going to be a great year!
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.