by Lauren Heberling '19
As a sophomore public relations major, I am delving into the world of communications with full force. All of my classes are major-related and the thought of potential internships are always lurking in the back of my mind. I am constantly looking for ways to learn outside of the classroom and gain experience that will help me in the coming years. Luckily, as a member of PRSSA, I am able to go to monthly meetings with communication professionals who give me insight into the field.
PRSSA meetings are the perfect way for me to expand my knowledge of the communications field, while being able to ask questions that wouldn’t always get answered in my day-to-day classes. The meetings are excellent networking opportunities with professionals from all around Ohio, including successful Otterbein alumni. They offer us priceless advice and help me feel more confident about my abilities and options as a PR major.
At meetings, we discuss opportunities to visit large companies like Nationwide Children’s Hospital and local PR firms to learn about specific jobs within the field. These trips are also beneficial to help me narrow down what kind of work environment and field of communication I would want to intern at or eventually, work in.
Meetings are valuable time to sit and reflect on my goals and refocus on what is really important when it comes to having a successful career. The one-on-one time with professionals motivates me to challenge myself; their stories of success normally stem from the hard work done in college. They remind me to work just as hard and to take advantage of the time I have as a member of PRSSA.