By: Adam Piccin '16
Otterbein PRSSA Paid Member
Public Relations Student Society of America National Conference took place in Philadelphia, PA, this year, and five Otterbein University PRSSA members were able to attend from Oct. 25-29, 2013.
Junior music business major and Otterbein University PRSSA President Jonathan Hill was one of three Otterbein students who attended conference in San Francisco, CA, last year, and went again this year to Philadelphia.
“The days consisted of several seminars and networking opportunities and then in the evenings, you had freedom to explore the city as you pleased,” Hill said. “You really always had the freedom to make your schedule what best fit your needs as a young professional.”
This was the first national conference junior Bailey Walker attended.
“Looking back at my experience from the PRSSA conference, I enjoyed being around people that had the same passion as I did. Not only students from other schools, but also my own peers from Otterbein. We all gained so much knowledge, whether it be individually on our own during seminars or altogether reflecting on the day,” she said.
“My favorite part about conference was the overarching theme of bringing public relations back to a more personal level,” Hill said.
The group benefited professionally from the experience, but they also had time to enjoy themselves and get the most out of the whole experience.
“On our time off, we took full advantage of learning about a city that was new to all of us. We saw pretty much all of the typical tourist spots a long with some local fun places and cafes,” Walker said. “I am already mentally packing my bags for next year. I hope that as a PRSSA group, we can have another great group of students and walk away with even better experiences and friendships.”
Next year, PRSSA National Conference will take place in Washington, D.C..