As a senior majoring in communications with an option in public relations, it was only logical for me to attend the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) National Conference in Atlanta. With graduation only six months away, I wanted to get a head start on my future.
The conference was amazing. Not only did I get a chance to bond with the 13 other students (and two professors!) who are involved in PRSSA at Millersville University and explored the city of Atlanta, but I met so many wonderful fellow PRSSA members and professionals. I’m excited to maintain contact with them and hopefully learn from them and grow my professional development.
I learned a lot about the field of public relations from students and professionals alike. I will be using all of the presentations and talks to improve the Millersville PRSSA chapter as well as improving myself. Here are a few of the big takeaways I had at the conference:
“Find a way to get in the way.” – The Honorable John Lewis, United States Representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District
“Social media is being used to predict where news will happen.” – Devon Wijesinghe, CEO and Founding Member, Insightpool
“There is no good time to have a meeting, you must pick a time.” – Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, APR, Fellow, PRSA, President and Chief Executive Officer Trahan & Associates
“Shine your own shoes and iron your own shirt.” –Scott Williamson, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications Coca-Cola, North America
I’d like to send a shout out to the Virginia Tech PRSSA chapter for giving an amazing presentation about how to increase brand awareness. As Publicity Chair for my chapter, I will definitely be putting together an end-of-year newsletter that highlights graduating seniors, internships and projects from our members. I also want to give a shout out to the Waynesboro PRSSA chapter for giving me and my Social Media Chair advice about how to increase member participation. We can’t wait to attend your regional conference in April!