One of the primary reasons I chose Waynesburg University as the place to study public relations was because of the incredible opportunities the program provides right off the bat. As only a sophomore in the program, I have already attended countless meetings and events held by the Waynesburg University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, two professional development nights hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, one PRSSA National Conference and, as of the beginning of this month, one PRSSA National Assembly.
My first Assembly was an invaluable experience—not to mention an absolute blast! Chapter President Megan Bayles, Chapter Vice President Jordan Mitrik and I flew into the spectacular and lively city of Austin, Texas, on March 3 and embarked on a five-day-long adventure.
The first two days of the Assembly held several professional development activities and provided us the chance to catch up with friends we had previously met from other chapters across the nation, as well as meet new friends and fellow public relations students. The third day of Assembly was such an eye-opening one for me as the Society held its elections for the National Committee. Megan and I did not vote in the elections, so instead we sat in the back of the room and she explained the procedure and system and answered all of my never-ending questions, as I soaked in the experience like a sponge.
I learned so much at National Assembly, including tips and tactics to implement within our Chapter, and I was so inspired by the incredible leadership displayed at the conference. The entire time, I was surrounded by people my age who are passionate about the field they are studying and one day plan to work in.
My advice to anyone who wants to attend the next Assembly? Apply, apply, apply! Each year, our Chapter sends a handful of students to the event, and you could be among them. If you are interested in becoming a better and stronger leader in our Chapter as well as at the national level, Assembly is where you should be next spring. When applications come out, be sure to meet all the requirements and apply by the deadline, because I would highly recommend this event to each and every one of my fellow WUPRSSA members—or, as we liked to call them at Assembly, my PRSS-baes!
Maura Fenske is a sophomore public relations major. She serves as the social media coordinator for the Waynesburg University Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter, executive editor of the Mad Anthony Yearbook and an account executive for Red Brick Communications. Maura hopes to combine her passion for public relations, writing and sports in her future career.