Freshman year at Waynesburg University can be exciting and overwhelming for any new student, especially one that is involved in the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter. New surroundings, being away from parents, exams, presentations, multiple research papers, practicum hours and all of the opportunities that come with being a PRSSA Chapter member are just a few examples of the newly added pleasures and stressors that new students face. Fortunately, not all of these efforts are exhausted for certain students, especially for those that are dedicated to what they love to do in the field of public relations. One of those select students is Olivia Kelley who has earned the honor of being named as the fall 2015 semester’s freshman point leader.
Kelley is a freshman public relations major from Morgantown, W. Va., who has impressed the Chapter by earning a total of 65 points through attendance and participation. All WUPRSSA dues paying members are required to earn at least 40 points per semester to keep up their membership; Kelley was able to go above and beyond her membership duties by earning an additional 25 points.
“I joined PRSSA because I really wanted to find out what public relations was all about. I wanted to discover whether or not this major was right for me,” said Kelley in reflection of the beginning of her college career when she first joined the organization.
She joined the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter in August of 2015 as a dues paying member. She is part of the Red Brick Communications student-run firm, as well as the high school initiative program within the Chapter. Over the semester, she has also become involved with KIND “No Compromises” campaign, writing for the blog and newsletter, along with representing the Chapter at the University’s annual Jacketfest.
“I really enjoyed being a part of the KIND “No Compromises” campaign, but I also had an amazing time at PRSA-Pittsburgh’s Professional Development Day,” said Kelley when asked about what activity was her favorite this semester.
Kelley assures that she will continue to be a part of the PRSSA Chapter when classes resume in the spring, as well as future semesters to come. Though she is unsure about what field of public relations she will pursue as a future career, she is still very honored to be named the freshman point leader this semester.
“It is very encouraging and I am thankful that there have been so many opportunities for me to get involved with PRSSA,” said Kelley. “I just want to keep getting as much experience as I can.”
Michelle Frye is a sophomore advertising and public relations major, with minors in marketing and theatre. Michelle is a dues paying member of the Waynesburg University PRSSA Chapter and is hoping to expand her knowledge of public relations and advertising, along with learning how the two fields intertwine. She hopes to pursue a career in either field as part of the major theme park industry. Michelle is also a involved with the Waynesburg University drama club and AIGA.