By: Lauren Heberling
As college students, we should consistently be looking for opportunities to get involved and further our education. That’s why we chose higher education, after all. PRSSA is a beneficial organization because, as a member, you have the insider’s scoop on internships and job openings, access to tours of agencies and firms and a killer experience on your resume that is the first thing employers look for.
During my time in Otterbein’s PRSSA chapter, I have attended multiple professional mixers, visited various agencies and companies around Columbus and have held an executive position for the past two years. I have also attended PR conferences and am currently on a planning committee for the 2018 conference for all PRSSA chapters in Ohio. These experiences would not have happened if it weren’t for my involvement in the chapter.
PRSSA offers an abundance of opportunities for it’s members to try new things and experiment in what interests each one of us. We only need to be willing to work and learn in order to get a full college experience as PRSSA members.
Although PRSSA is geared toward the communication field, there is no doubt in my mind that students from other majors wouldn’t benefit from the professional growth and experience the monthly meetings provide us. Need help with a resume? PRSSA can help. Need to know what and what not to do at an interview? PRSSA can help. Want to know how to improve your social media profiles for future employers? PRSSA can help. Want to hear from and network with professionals? PRSSA can help.
As I am finishing my third year as a PRSSA member, I am reminded of everything this chapter has provided me with. I have a new sense of professional confidence, numerous experiences under my belt and an entire year of new opportunities and experiences to look forward to.