I, like many other Public Relations students have been impacted by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Similar to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). This is the student branch of the largest Public Relations Society in the U.S. There are so many reasons people should consider joining these organizations. Through my personal experiences, here are three:
- Professionalism: PRSSA teaches business and professional techniques throughout the year. With the Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) chapter’s workshops on business cards, resumes, and other job-related materials I’ve learned valuable skills that will aid me in my job search following my years here in college. But why focus solely on the future when PRSSA can help you in the here and now? Another fantastic part of this society is that members gain access to internship listings on the PRSSA website. Although I have not personally used this feature yet, it is a valuable tool I intend to take full advantage of in the near future.
- Networking: PRSSA puts your name out there. Through ONU’s chapter’s activities I have connected with various leaders and employees in the community. Sometimes this is done through specific events like ONU’s “Green with Networking Envy” event hosted in the spring near St. Patrick’s day. Other times I have been introduced to people of interest by working on projects or attending regular meetings.
- Community: Out of all the qualities PRSSA embodies, my personal favorite is the community. You get to network and meet other passionate students through the society’s participation. For me, this meant that I became surrounded by people with a similar drive and was able to meet new friends. It is the atmosphere that makes the time spent there worth while. You are there, together, with a mission to become more successful professionals through learning and practical application. This idea is the back-bone of PRSSA and the reason why many students keep on coming back.
Granted , there are probably many other benefits to PRSSA, but this is my personal reflection on what themes stood out the most. Do you agree with me or believe something else should be added? If so please leave a comment in the section below.
by Steven Novinski, Junior Account Executive, Communication Department